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!


Pre-order THE SMARTEST KID IN THE UNIVERSE: EVIL GENIUS before Tuesday, May 16, 2023 and we’ll send you:

  • A personalized/autographed bookplate to paste inside
  • A supersized bookmark
  • A sample bag of Ingestible Knowledge capsules (okay, they’re just jelly beans)

Just pre-order the book from any bookseller, capture an image of your receipt, and fill out this Google form (making sure to attach that receipt).

Pre-order now then Fill out this form!

Chris will personally send you the goodies. The book will ship from whatever bookseller you pre-order from.

Offer good in U.S. and Canada only. Promotion ends on May 16, 2023.

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Here's what people are saying about The Smartest Kid in the Universe:

"Clever, fast-paced and incredibly funny—Chris Grabenstein has done it again."
—Stuart Gibbs, New York Times Bestselling author of Spy School

"It’s pure jelly-bean-enhanced entertainment and a perfect escape. . . . A rollicking good time."
—The New York Times
"Grabenstein is the author of the best-selling Mr. Lemoncello series, and this new volume, packed with wacky hijinks, will appeal to his legions of fans."
—Booklist, starred review
"Grabenstein delivers once again...with a book that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"Grabenstein returns with another fact-filled, puzzle-packed, multigenre romp. High-paced humor . . . Clever, concise, and compelling."
—Kirkus Reviews
"This amusing adventure also works as a humorous love letter to public education and dedicated teachers."
—Publishers Weekly

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Series

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