Science Fair by Ridley Pearson & Dave Barry

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Grdankl the Strong, president of Kprshtskan, is plotting to take over the American government. His plan is to infiltrate the science fair at Hubble Middle School, located in a Maryland suburb just outside Washington. The rich kids at Hubble cheat by buying their projects every year, and Grdankl's cronies should have no problem selling them his government-corrupting software. But this year, Toby Harbinger, a regular kid with Discount Warehouse shoes, is determined to win the $5,000 prize—even if he has to go up against terrorists to do it. With the help of his best friends, Tamara and Micah, Toby takes on Assistant Principal Paul Parmit, aka "The Armpit", a laser-eyed stuffed owl, and two eBay buyers named Darth and the Wookiee who seem to think that the Harrison-Ford-signed BlasTech DL-44 blaster Toby sold them is a counterfeit. What transpires is a hilarious adventure filled with mystery, suspense, and levitating frogs.

About Ridley Pearson & Dave Barry

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Author Bio: Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has written more than twenty best-selling crime novels including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.
Published November 29, 2010 by Disney Hyperion. 412 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eighth-grader Toby Harbinger and his outcast friends would look forward to the science fair if it were a fair competition.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Science Fair

Christian Science Monitor

Any parents who have stayed up until 1 a.m. getting glue in their hair and giving themselves vicious paper cuts with poster board will have no trouble accepting the premise of Dave Barry’s and Ridley Pearson’s new novel: The science fair is rigged.

Nov 27 2008 | Read Full Review of Science Fair

Common Sense Media

The main character, Toby, makes some bad calls -- like selling his dad's Star Wars stuff behind his back to buy a computer -- but in the end he tirelessly tries to save the country, even though no one will believe him.

Oct 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Science Fair


Arthur Vaderian and his burly associate, the Wookiee, demand their money back, Toby realizes he must win the school science fair to set things right.

Feb 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Science Fair

Guys Lit Wire

Now, it's not much of a mystery as the reader knows who's behind it all from fairly early on in the book but that doesn't really matter because the book is so funny and suspenseful in many other ways.

Jul 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Science Fair

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