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Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  135 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Elias, Shohei, and Honoria have always been three united against That Which is The Peshtigo School. But suddenly understanding and sticking up for a best friend isn't as easy as it used to be. Elias, reluctant science fair participant, finds himself defying the authority of Mr. Ethan Eden, teacher king of chem lab. Shohei, all-around slacker, is approaching a showdown with ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Little Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2004)
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Helenn
This is one of those books that I did not expect to read but I was bored enough that I would read anything (aka I was in English class and my teacher decided that her opinion is the most important thing in the universe so I read a book of her bookshelves in the back of the class instead of listening). I found it hilarious since it exaggerated everything. I could related to them since I was in a group that were considered nerds yet we were the ones exaggerating how nerdy everyone else thought we ...more
Alicia Williams
Oct 04, 2011 Alicia Williams rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
The adults in this book are all so over-the-top caricatures that I disliked reading it. While three seventh-grade friends are the focus, the adults appear enough to make it annoying. For example, I find it hard to believe that such a non-scientific science teacher would be employed by the uber-elite school depicted in this book. Giving a student zero points for Methodology when he clearly did an experiment but just didn't achieve the teacher's desired results? A little far-fetched. I enjoyed the ...more
Katherine
Jun 17, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
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Jordan
May 18, 2009 Jordan rated it did not like it
This book is book is pretty bad. I don't see the point of the book. The Author Greg Leitich Smith wasted his paper by writing this story. I'm giving this book no stars.
Joanna Price
Ages 12-16. This young adult novel features three narrators who are best friends and students at a gifted high school. The story centers around the science fair, and the relationships the narrators have with each other, their peers and their families. This novel, then, appears in many ways to be unoriginal, the variety of young adult novel that has many permutations and of which there are already many in most youth collections. To be sure, this is often because the experience of being a young ad ...more
Brendy capcha
Nov 01, 2010 Brendy capcha rated it liked it
Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo is a very unique book. There are three main characters: Elias, Shohei, and Honoria. They are best friends and go to a very strict school. Elias is a young boy who's dad has a PhD in physics and music and his mom is an expert in music. Shohei is more of a laid back type of guy, very opposite of Elias.He is Japanese but was adopted. His parents insist that he tries all these Japanese things so he can become closer to his ancestors. Then there is Honoria, she is a sma ...more
Kristine Kouba
Feb 23, 2010 Kristine Kouba rated it did not like it
Plot Summary: This book featured three middle school students who are best friends - there are two boys and one girl. The three students enjoy science and they all compete in the science fair. There was a little middle school romance that took place with the girl and one of the boys. They attend Peshtigo School

Main Characters: Shohei - lazy, adopted, Japanese hertiage, parents are Irish. At some points in the book, he tries/his parents want him to get in touch with his roots

Honoria - the girl in
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Yasmeen
Nov 10, 2012 Yasmeen rated it really liked it
Grade/Interest level: Upper Elementary
Reading level:750 L, Guided reading:X
Genre: Contemporary realistic Fiction
Main Characters: Eli, Shohei, and Honoria
Setting:Chicago, IL
POV: Eli, Shohei, and Honoria


This book follows the lives of three best friends named Eli, Shohei, and Honoria who attend 7th grade at a private school in Chicago. The book is told from all three of their points of view which is both fun and different. Elias is forced to do a science project by his father, but instead of doi
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Emily
I enjoyed this book. My boyfriend picked it out as an audio book for a recent trip and we both laughed and found it to be a nice, fun listen. The book is told from alternating viewpoints of three middle school students, and the audio book has a different narrator for each character, which is nice. My favorite subplot involved Shohei, a boy adapted from Japan by Irish parents. His parents think it is important to get in touch with his Japanese heritage, and his protest is particularly amusing and ...more
Erin
This story appealed to me. Three kids in a science magnet school are stuck in an odd love/friend triangle while trying to compete in a science fair. There are struggles with culture, with grades and parental expectations, with unreasonable teachers and jerks. I liked how the bits of story came together, how the ending was reached just as it should be, but still had some twist, and the characters were kids I related to.
I think that readers who enjoy realistic fiction might like this, readers who
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Grace Fullerton
Jun 06, 2015 Grace Fullerton rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun and also addressed the multicultural heritage quandrys raised by many many second generation children of immigrants. The way cultural heritage was presented was respectful and dead on. It is rare to find a book that addresses it so plainly from the point of view of the children who have to decide what to embrace of the cultures that they are stuck between. The culture of the characters, well, ok, I felt like the first chapter was my golden ticket to Geek Heaven but that ...more
Miss
Aug 20, 2015 Miss rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids 10-18
Shelves: teen-fiction
Great book about intelligent teens finding their way and proving a point to recalcitrant and stubborn teachers and parents via science fair experiments. Going to buy for the classroom.
T E N Z I N
Feb 10, 2016 T E N Z I N rated it it was amazing
Funny book told from 3 perspectives.
Middle school life is kinda weird sometimes.
I don't know what Ninjas and Galileo and Piranhas have to do with this story though...
M. Eversole
Good for teachers to use with their class(es) to reinforce point of view, humor, and to coordinate with the science teachers when doing the science fair.
Leah
Jan 14, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it
This book was interesting and face paced. It involves a 'love triangle' and a science fair. Smart and tame enough for me, and my two boys. Perfect for tweens, they really seemed to relate to the characters.
Jenny
Oct 20, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, realistic
Elias, Shohei, and Honoria are best friends at Pestigo School in Chicago. However, things aren't like they used to be. Elias's father is forcing him to enter the science fair and he like Honoria as more than a friend, but Honoria likes Shohei. Shohei is dealing with his family forcing him to live his Japanese heritage, and Eli is about to be in big trouble with the science teaher . . .
Lorena
Sep 13, 2009 Lorena rated it liked it
An English teacher suggested this title when I asked her about a book that would go well with a 6th grade unit on the scientific method. The book has lots of humor and involves science facts that would lend itself well to classroom discussion. The students sound a bit mature for middle school. I'm going to suggest it to my Science teachers and see what they think.
Andrew Cornish
Dec 01, 2009 Andrew Cornish rated it it was amazing
This book was very VERY funny and can relate to anyone in the 8th Grade or High School. It is about this small group of friends that wants to fit in. They try to become popular until they find out about something more important. One of them wants to become School President and they work on a campaign together, but will this competition ruin their close friendship?
Lord Nouda
Jun 18, 2011 Lord Nouda rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Interesting read but the writing style was meant for someone younger than me (even though I read it a few years ago), so while kinda funny, it was mostly amusing (as in, awww that's cute) for the most part. Wish I could write more but I don't really remember much about the story other than the fact that it was good. =P
Gresham
Sep 17, 2010 Gresham rated it did not like it
Not sure why I wasn't into this story - but I really didn't like it all that much. i thought it had an interesting format - told in a diary/journal format from the perspective of three different characters. But it just didn't hold my attention.
Cheryl
Aug 24, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it
The characters in this book are supposed to be in middle school,
but it seemed like it was more like high school. I thought it was
entertaining, but more suitable for middle/high school students than elementary students.
Amy
Feb 18, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
I have to say this is the book I've liked (and my students have liked) best out of the tradebooks we're read so far this year. We are currently reading Wolf Rider, by Avi, which is pretty good.
Joanna
Apr 14, 2008 Joanna rated it liked it
Cute enough young adult tale that explores the friendships that connect three young people as they grow up in an insulated group of gifted kids and well meaning parents.
becky bristol
Apr 07, 2008 becky bristol rated it liked it
fun and very well written the story though was sort of boring
which was a surprise than again i was reading it with a 102 fever.....so who knows
Caroline
Sep 01, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it
The classic "love triangle" story updated to include piranhas, science fairs, heritage, classical music, plants, and Malicious Hooliganism!
Lauren
Mar 28, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
Really good, Mrs.Roush introduced this to us. It was a great book. The sequel Tofu and T. Rex is good but not as good.
Q_Barb
Feb 21, 2011 Q_Barb marked it as to-read
(((funny story about three 7th graders, science fair, romance, and friendship.ages 9 to 12. available in audio)))
Grace Y.
Jul 08, 2013 Grace Y. rated it really liked it
It is a very interesting story. I now know the answer to the question, "Does music help plants grow?"
P.J.
Feb 09, 2010 P.J. rated it it was amazing
book 9 for 2010. A funny, clever MG novel sure to appeal to both boys and girls!
Devin
Mar 07, 2009 Devin rated it it was ok
This book was interesting but not to good I rather go for horror than this guy.
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