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Never Say Genius (The Genius Files #2)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,062 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Today is Coke and Pepsi McDonald's thirteenth birthday. Someone's out to make sure they never make it to thirteen and a half.

Racing across America, the twins will nearly beboiled alivein a huge basket of french fries, frozen to deathby soft-serve ice cream, stampededin a wild stadium riot, kidnappedfrom a high-speedroller coaster, andworst of alltheir parents thinkthey're
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Pamela Kramer
'The Genius Files #2: Never Say Genius' by Dan Gutman continues the fun and hilarity of 'The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable.'

Pepsi and Coke, enrolled in a secret program for geniuses, are still targeted for murder by the creator of the program, Dr. Herman Warsaw.

Don't worry if you haven't read the first book, although Gutman seriously urges the readers to stop reading this sequel, "So get a copy of that book and read it. Then come back and start this one again. Go ahead. I'll wait."

But even G
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Get back on the road with this pop culture pilgrimage in Dan Gutman’s second installment of The Genius Files. Thirteen-year-old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, are in for more hilarious adventures as they trek cross country on their way to our nation’s capitol, all the while being chased down by sinister characters, including one who bears a striking resemblance to the comic book icon, Archie (…yes, as in “Archie and Jughead”). The reason for all the mayhem is that the twins are part of a secret ...more
I happen to be reading the 3rd book right now. My teacher was reading the first one the same time I was! He really liked it. These are like my fav books and Pep and Coke are very in fact, genius. Pep loved to solve ciphers and Coke has a photographic memory. (That really bugs Pep.)
They aren't your normal teenagers. They are being chased by bowler dudes, a psycho health teacher, Archie Clone, and Dr. Warsaw himself, the creator of the genius files. They have GPS trackers implanted in their necks
Coke and Pep are travelling with their parents across the US to Washington DC for their aunt's wedding. And the only thing they are certain of, is something terrible is going to happen on July 3rd at 2:00. That's the first cipher they receive. Along the way, they are nearly boiled like a french fry, almost drown in ice cream and other diabolical traps. Not only has Mrs. Higgins returned and vowed to "make their lives miserable until they die - which will happen soon", but there's "Archie Clone", ...more
Young Mensans
More crazy adventures coming your way!

Never Say Genius is the second book in The Genius Files series. It is even more exciting than the first book! I really liked the combination of fantasy and non-fiction. Twelve-year-old genius twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, continue having crazy adventures on their cross-country summer RV trip with their parents. At the beginning of this book, Coke and Pepsi celebrate their thirteenth birthdays in the RV. Their parents give them silly souvenirs that they pic
Shawn Stenmark
This book called The Genius File Never Say Genius By Dan Gutman is the sequel to Mission Unstoppable. The book is about twins who have been added to an orginization called The Genius Files and to be in that group you have to be one of the smartest kids in the U.S.. The kids were going on a trip around the U.S. to go see their aunt get married unknowingly to the person who was trying to kill them in the first book, it is Dr.Herman Warshaw. He is the one who had started The Genius Files but then t ...more
This is an good book but it drags but I couldn't stop reading it
Ben C
The minute I finished the first book, I had no doubt that this book would be just as good. I was wrong. This one was a lot better. You would never expect such an innocent teenager to be a mass murderer. Archie Clone was definitely one of the creepier characters I've seen in my reading days. The amount of ways that Archie tried to kill the kids was insane and seems extremely unrealistic but so believable to me. I really have nothing else to say about this book other than the fact that it was acti ...more
Since I am really not the intended audience for these books, I will merely say this: if kids love books where kids get in and out of completely preposterous situations, they will love it. I can only suspend my disbelief so far...

But I must say this -- these people are the wimpiest travelers ever! From page 79: "It was June 26. They were about seven hundred miles from Washington, and they hoped to get there at least one day early to explore the capital before Aunt Judy's wedding on July Fourth. S
Book two of the Genius Files. A fun easy series for middle elementary readers. I listened to this as an audio book and grew tired of the web address repetition.
Twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald are still on the road to the nations capital having made as far as Wisconsin alive. They are traveling with their history teacher dad and trivial loving mom to all kinds of strange sites while being chased by killers seeking revenge and increased inheritance.
I recommend you should read Genius Files Never Say Genius because it is a really good book. 1. It has lots of action, 2. It is really funny because they call the evil guys in the black bowler hats bowler dudes, and 3. There is lots of ciphers to figure out. But the bad part is when lots of people try to kill them. I noticed that every time they go somewhere without their parents something terrible happens. It is the most exciting book ever!
Melody Savage
Parents only need be award of a few h-words.

I can see why this book (maybe the whole series) would appeal to young readers, especially reluctant readers. This is the only volume of the series I have read, but it was a likable, interesting adventure.

It is rather like a series of a popular cartoon - predictable patterns with variable details. This type of repetition is great for growing readers who need to practice reading within known parameters, but who also are entertained by the multiple ways
Our children are really enjoying this series of books which include the adventures of twins, Coke and Pepsi (Pep), as they travel the United States with their parents--touring quirky and often little known sites, like the biggest ball of twine, and the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner museum, or more well known ones like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gutman's narrative voice makes it even more entertaining and fun.
Thoroughly enjoyed this second in the series! Same off-the-cuff humor, adventure, and crazy museums as in the 1st. I still love how Gutman "talks" to the reader, it's great! I also love how we get to see places in the United States that we'll maybe never go to. I did the first one in my school visit book-talks last year, and I might do this one this year!

Some of you may remember that I brought the 1st one of "The Genius Files" by Dan Gutman last year to tell you about and this year I ha
Young Reader Reaction: Having breezed through Mission Unstoppable, we thought our daughter would love this book. She got about halfway through and decided it had gotten to repetitive / tedious.

Adult Reader Reaction: The action is nonstop - and so is the laughter. The story has a "Phineas and Ferb" meets "Spy Kids" feel to it. Because of that, I could see how our pre-teen decided to abandon the book. I kept reading, largely because I loved the pictures and some of the sight-seeing stops.

Pros: Goo
My 12 year old daughter loves this series. She actually wants to read anything Dan Gutman writes. He even has a baseball/time travel series for my 9 year old boy. Great creativity. It's beyond unrealistic, but cleverly intertwines true fun facts from around the United States.
This book is so intriguing and i really want to know how Dr. Warsaw survived. I was so shocked when the author wrote that Dr. Warsaw was getting married to Coke and Pepsi's aunt. I'm guessing that the author really wanted to make the reader left wanting to read the next book.
I love reading these aloud with Quinn (and Carson who is 13 and is just listening.) They are funny, and full of adventure. All the right ingredients for boys. It does bug me though that the parents are so unaware of all that is going on with their children.
A cute middle grader book. I enjoyed the places they visited and to get excited about the places our family has seen on road trips or vacations. It makes me want to schedule a road trip and see what we find along the way.
I recommend you should read Genius Files Never Say Genius because it is a really good book. 1. It has lots of action, 2. It is really funny because they call the evil guys in the black bowler hats bowler dudes, and 3. There is lots of ciphers to figure out. But the bad part is when lots of people try to kill them. I noticed that every time they go somewhere without their parents something terrible happens. It is the most exciting book ever!
The McDonald twins and their parents are still making their way cross-country, but now they have a new enemy: Archie Clone. Love this series for its smart and engaging writing.
Nov 25, 2013 Audrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
I did not like this book nearly as much as the first one. I guess that's probably because I was younger when I read the first one. That one was interesting and surprising. This book was repetitious. I mean, after the first 2 or 3 times, Coke and Pep's almost dying gets old. And the dialogue was entertaining in a very stupid way. Pep cries because she thought the lyrics to that song by Pat Benatar were "hit me with your pet shark" ,instead of "hit me with your best shot". Really?! Really? The bo ...more
It was awesome

This serise is the best serise ever. This is all I ever want to read. This book is the best out of all of them.
What a fun book. The Twins--Coke and Pepsi--travel with their parents in an RV from the Wisconsin Dells to Washington, DC with a red-headed teenager set out to murder them on their trail. There are at least 2 more sequels after this book. Now we have to get the next one.
Michelle Long

this book is very thrilling and exiting in most parts and the end will blow your socks off so good

I really liked Gutman's first book, The Genius Files, and the second book doesn't disappoint. Our heroes, Coke and Pepsi, are still traveling cross country with the parents in a motorhome, headed to Washington DC for their aunt's wedding.

Love how Gutman incorporates geography, information about states, and celebration of the oddball museums across the United States.

The reader does have to suspend belief sometimes to really believe our heroes continue to elude death at the hands of the bad guys,
The kiddo is really enjoying this series. It's been fun reading it with him just to hear his reactions, predictions and fun banter as we go along. I like that it is interactive as well. Lots of people, places and things to look up and discuss along the way. He has already requested that I get the next book for him from the library. I'm happy to oblige.
Justin L
Monday October 20, 2014: 1 hour

Tuesday October 21, 2014: 45 minutes

Wednesday October 22, 2014: 35 minutes

Thursday October 23, 2014: 40 minutes

Friday October 24, 2014: 35 minutes

Saturday October 25, 2014: 1 hour

Sunday October 26, 2014: 20 minutes

Monday October 27, 2014: 30 minutes

Tuesday October 28, 2014: 45 minutes

Wednesday October 29, 2014: 25 minutes

Thursday October 30, 2014: 1 hour

Friday October 31, 2014: 0 minutes

Saturday November 1, 2014: 1 hour

Sunday November 2, 2014: 35 minutes
I thought it was a great book but it was a cliff hanger I have to read the next one, you only die twice.
JCS bookworm
I love these books! They are so fun and funny! I love hearing about all the cool sights the twins visit. They get into the craziest problems and always find these creative, HILARIOUS, ways to get out of them. (ex. using frisbees or hats) The wring style is also fresh. I love the parts where the author speaks directly to the reader, such as (in chapter 1) telling them to go and read the first book first and then summarizing the book in case you're too lazy to read it yourself instead of most auth ...more
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more
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