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Brendan Buckley's Sixth-Grade Experiment

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Read about Brendan, a biracial boy who loves science, and his middle school adventures in this sequel to the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award-winner Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It.

Brendan Buckley is headed to middle school on a whole new adventure. When his alternative energy idea gets him paired with new girl Morgan Belcher for t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Beth G.
Some people never ask questions. Maybe they're afraid they'll look dumb, or maybe they don't think of things to ask. But not me. It's like my brain is one big bowl of Rice Krispies and all my questions are the milk. It's a constant snap, crackle, and pop up there.

Brendan Buckley is back, and he's headed for middle school! He has all-new questions to write down and ponder, from whether he can train his new pet anole to anticipate his morning feeding to whether he can pass his next Tae Kw
Dorine White
Jan 15, 2012 Dorine White rated it it was amazing
I have a marvelous middle grade book to share with everyone, Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment, by Sundee Frazier. It hit shelves on Jan. 10, 2012.

The Story: Brendan Buckley is starting his first year in middle school. He has a whole slew of friends, plus a new one, Morgan. He meets Morgan, a previously home schooled girl, at a rock club meeting. Now, she will be going to his school too, and he is not sure what he thinks about it.

At school, Brendan and Morgan get paired up to work on the
Nov 15, 2011 Kris rated it liked it
Brendan Buckley is starting 6th grade. He looks at life with the keen eyes of a scientist. He loves rock crystals, science experiments and his pet anoles, Einstein. Brendan keeps a “log” because diaries are for girls. He tracks his scientific findings and his feelings about the social world of junior high. This is the sequel to Frazier’s Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It. Junior high means his universe is getting more confusing, especially when it comes to girls. Brendan mets a new ...more
Victoria Whipple
Brendan Buckley is a sixth grader who loves science (especially rocks), Tae Kwon Do, and his lizard Einstein. Of course he loves his parents too, but he is distressed that he is losing the attention of his father, who is going back to school while continuing his job as a police officer. Brendan is partnered with the new girl in a science competition, where they are studying biofuels. This leads to some funny/gross situations where Brendan is collecting the fuel (cow manure), and when his best fr ...more
Brendan is starting junior high. He likes science and keeps a science notebook to record his findings and thoughts. He meets Morgan, a girl who has been homeschooled but is now going to junior high. Morgan latches on to Brendan despite his best efforts to shake her off. They get paired together for a science experiment involving manure. Brendan is also having problems with his dad and his best friend. He has to navigate the waters of junior high, friends and girls and manage to keep his head abo ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Lexile/Grade Level: NA / 3-6

Pages/Time: 280 / 6.75 hrs

Summary: Brendan loves science. He is a rock hound, has a pet anole, and keeps a “log” that tracks his scientific findings and his feelings about life in middle school. He has typical friends, romance issues and is constantly trying to win approval from his father. On top of that, his family is preparing to adopt a baby, which adds plenty of stress to the household. The story is definitely realistic fiction and lightly touches on bigger issue
Ms. Yingling
Jan 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it
Brendan Buckley is back, and he is still interested in science. Not only is he busy collecting rock samples with his newly found white grandfather, but he is working with a new GIRL classmate on a biomass fuel project for the science fair. Add to the general mayhem the fact that his parents are trying to adopt a baby, and Brendan's involvement in Tae Kwan Do, and this is one busy middle grade story. The addition of the equally science obsessed Michelle, and Brendan's reluctance to hang out with ...more
I didn't like this book initially, but that may have been, in part, because I had to get used to the reader. Brendan sounded very old for a 6th grader and that really bothered me at first. By the end, I wanted the story to keep going. I liked all the characters and thought they were well-rounded, though some of them started out kind of flat. I really appreciated Brendan's internal struggle about wanted to be a scientist and gain his father's approval.
Monica Johnson
This is a great contemporary realistic fictional ebook. A four star read for curious Intermediate (I) readers. Young readers will be drawn to the admirable Brendan Buckley. Brendan is starting his first year in middle school. I like that it is a multi-cultural story and it is a perfect fit for all young readers in middle school. It is an all around greta book that kids can relate too. Family, school and best friend drama, all tied into one! eBook*
Brendan starts middle school with a new pet anole and the chance to participate in a national science competition. But will Morgan cramp his style with the fellas (even if she is kind of cute and loves science as much as he does)? And will his father ever appreciate Brendan's interest in the sciences? As in "Brendan Buckley's Universe..." Brendan is likable and observant, the earnest kid next door.
Oct 16, 2014 Marcia rated it liked it
Meh-a perfectly acceptable 4-6 gr. book, but nothing really special. It shares the middle school experience and the boy/girl tension that exists as well as bringing in an element of science interest. I just didn't feel any connection to this book.
Nov 17, 2014 Gerry rated it liked it
This second book in the series didn't grab me like the first one but it was ok. This one focuses more on the struggles of middle school - Girls, jealousy between good friends and other things like that.
Ellen Brandt
Brendan Buckley, science geek, Tae Kwon Do enthusiast and skilled robot dancer is happy that a favorite teacher is moving up to Middle School with him, but that does not mean smooth sailing through sixth grade. Very likeable characters face real life dilemmas with spirit and humor; enjoyable read.
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