The Smartest Kid in the Universe

Book 1

Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe in this brand new, fun-packed read from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of Max Einstein!


“For centuries, humans have consumed information through their eyes and our ears,” said Dr. Backbridge. “Here is my prediction. In the not-too-distant future, we are going to ingest information. You won’t need to read a book or attend lectures. The chemicals in these pills will do your learning for you.”

12-year-old Jake’s middle school is about to be shut down. Jake and his friends know their school’s worth saving—if they could only figure out how! When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But—uh-oh—those weren’t just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom’s conference is in the process of developing the first ingestible knowledge pills. And THAT’S what Jake ate.

Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven’t been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him. The government. The mega corporations. Not all of them are good people! Can Jake navigate all the ins and outs of his newfound geniusdom (not to mention the ins and outs of middle school!) AND use his smarts to figure out how to save his school? (Hint—it will take someone smart enough to decipher an almost forgotten pirate legend!) It turns out, sometimes even the smartest kid has a lot to learn!

 6 Fun Facts About The Smartest Kid in the Universe
 Answers To Bonus Puzzles from Jake’s IQ test at the back of the book

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“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

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