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Never Say Genius (The Genius Files #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Pamela Kramer
Mar 13, 2012 Pamela Kramer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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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Angel
Nov 18, 2015 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-shelf
Coke and Pepsi McDonald are on a ride from coast to coast in an RV from California to Washington D.C. to go to their aunts wedding. Right now they are half way into Wisconsin, and so far they have managed to stay alive. They are part of a super secret association called The Genius Files. Their enemies are trying to kill them, but so far they are doing a good job of surviving. First, they try to kill them by putting them in a big French fry maker, and they are almost roasted with hot oil. Then th ...more
Diane
Mar 29, 2015 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
American Mensa
Oct 22, 2014 American Mensa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
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
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Shawn Stenmark
Sep 16, 2014 Shawn Stenmark rated it it was amazing
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
Addison Skinner
Jan 12, 2016 Addison Skinner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Never Say Genius by Dan Gutman was incredible. It all starts out with two really smart kids named Coke and Pep McDonald. The kids are a part of an organization called The Genius Files. The Genius Files is an organization for smart kids that are constantly being tracked or trying to be killed. The Genius Files say if you make it to age 21 you will earn 1 million dollars. The McDonald twins are on a road trip from California to Washington D.C. With many pit stops and the far distance, it ...more
Sarah
Even after Coke and Pepsi McDonald spent their thirteenth birthday sending a mad scientist plummeting to his doom, they cannot get on with their cross-country road trip in peace. Dr. Warsaw left plenty of minions and protégés ready to plague the twins with obscure ciphers, attacks at bizarre national landmarks, and poorly-executed death traps. To make matters worse, their parents refuse to believe any of it is real. The eastern half of their trip features much more notable attractions, greater p ...more
Susan
May 26, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slmta
What's up? It seems aptly named bad guy Archie Clone and other assassins are out to kill, or perhaps test, them before they can join a secret organization of child geniuses and collect a huge reward. Tucking in small photos, instructions for following the route on Google Maps, facts about attractions large and small and mysterious ciphered messages, the author brings his confused but resourceful youngsters to an explosive climax and a shocking revelation that guarantees further adventures on the ...more
Nithusa
Sep 25, 2013 Nithusa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an good book but it drags but I couldn't stop reading it
Ben C
Oct 05, 2014 Ben C rated it it was amazing
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
Jake Funaki
Jun 27, 2015 Jake Funaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STUPENDOUS BOOK PEEPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BAYA Librarian
Apr 02, 2012 BAYA Librarian rated it liked it
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
Lorna
Mar 25, 2012 Lorna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
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
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Wynne
Mar 12, 2016 Wynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the McDonald twins named Coke and Pepsi (weird names, huh!). On there way to D.C., they were chased by some bowler dudes, Ms. Higgins ( a very evil health teacher), and Archie Clone ( a very evil guy and also a clone of Archie in the comics). Meh. That's all I can tell you, cause' I don't feel like saying it now. So read it YOURSELF, lazy bones! I think this book has a lot of action in it. Now, I'm NOT talking about action MOVIES(duh) OR action FIGURES! So YEAH!
Cheryl
Aug 14, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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.
Zavair
Jun 17, 2014 Zavair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lori
Apr 28, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jill
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!

Booktalk:
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
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Norah K.
Sep 01, 2015 Norah K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Genius Files: Never Say Genius is the hilarious second installment in the Genius Files series. The story, about twins named Coke and Pepsi McDonald, follows their journey across the country with their family. Unfortunately, someone is following them, and that someone wants them dead. This book is great for anyone who likes a funny, adventurous story.
Terry
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
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Owen Fuller
Mar 08, 2016 Owen Fuller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so good and you should totally read if you have read the first of the genius files books Mission Unstoppable because it would not make sense at all. This book is really funny and I am warning you get the 3rd book before you finish Never Say Genius because... Well you'll figure it out.
Areli
Jul 09, 2014 Areli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katie
May 21, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenny
Mar 06, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tiffany
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.
Addie
Jun 25, 2015 Addie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a little twist ending in the book where Henry Warsaw ( the killer) is now going to be their uncle( tells more in the 3rd book). This book was full of adventures and other sorts of surprises
Kara
Jan 10, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-grade
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!
Siv
Jun 07, 2014 Siv rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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.
Jan Carlson
Feb 08, 2016 Jan Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, humor
I haven't met a Dan Gutman book I didn't like. This 2nd book in the Genius Files series is just as much fun as the first. It combines danger, action, and espionage with humor. Kids will just love it. And they'll learn along the way. Gutman has filled the book with information about interesting tourist spots in the U.S. including Cleveland's Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.
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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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