Evil Genius

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The Smartest Kid in the Universe
Book 3: Evil Genius

Available May 16, 2023!

Meet middle schooler Jake McQuade. Jake became the smartest kid in the universe when he accidentally ate a jarful of ingestible knowledge jelly beans. But what happens when those jelly beans fall into the wrong hands?!

Readers who enjoy the action of the Last Kids on Earth books will love this fast-paced, spy-packed series that’s a “rollicking good time” (New York Times) by the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!

Jake McQuade’s the smartest kid in the universe—or at least he was. But just as his training with the secret agency known as the Consortium is about to start, Jake’s jelly beans go missing! And to make matters worse, they (and Jake’s genius!) might be wearing off right when he needs his smarts most!

Jake needs to solve this mystery fast. Who stole the jelly beans and why? Can Jake figure out what’s going on, recover the missing jelly beans, and stop a high-tech heist before it’s too late?!

From top-secret hideouts to New York City penthouse apartments to the Statue of Liberty in the middle of the night, get ready to go on a whirlwind, wild-ride adventure filled with supervillains and spies, puzzles and pirates, codes and drones, and much, much more!

Praise for Book One!

“Pure jelly-bean-enhanced entertainment and a perfect escape…throw in a mad scientist, a jewel thief and some spooky hidden caverns, and you’ve got yourself a rollicking good time.”
—The New York Times
“Grabenstein returns with another fact-filled, puzzle-packed, multigenre romp. High-paced humor… Clever, concise, and compelling.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“A novel that less gifted writers would have spun into two at least… A multistranded crowd-pleaser… packed with wacky hijinks, will appeal to [Grabenstein’s] legions of fans.”
—Booklist, starred review
“With this fast-paced romp, Grabenstein delivers a heartfelt, tongue-in-cheek tale packed with trivia…this amusing adventure also works as a humorous love letter to public education and dedicated teachers.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Grabenstein delivers once again to his target middle-grade audience with a book that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. There’s something for everyone, from adventure to angst as well as puzzles and trivia. This introduction to a new series will leave readers ready for the next installment.”
—School Library Journal, starred review
“Chris Grabenstein just might the smartest writer for kids in the universe. No kid, and no adult, will be able to resist The Smartest Kid in the Universe.”
—James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Clever, fast-paced and incredibly funny—Chris Grabenstein has done it again.”
—Stuart Gibbs, New York Times Bestselling author of Spy School

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Series

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