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Nick Newton Is Not a Genius

(Nick Newton #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Nick Newton is not a Genius. He’s just a merely average boy from the country of Thauma. He may not be brilliant like his mom and dad or a child prodigy like his sister, but he won’t let that stop him from uncovering the mysteries of a clockwork factory or revealing a war hero’s greatest secret. With help from two new friends and his butler named Jude, Nick embarks on an ad ...more
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Published July 1st 2016 by Journeyforth Books
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R.A.
3.5
Three stars seems rather low, but four stars is too high, so I guess I'll have to do the half stars … for the first time ever!

I loved the characters in this book, although they were rather interesting. They did weird things and dressed strange as well.
But, Nick who is not a genius like his family and friends, was hilarious!! While his family and friends were inventing all sorts of neat things, he was in the side-lines watching. He was named after his Grandfather who was also an inventor - he
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Liz
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s okay if you’re not a genius—unless you come from an entire family of them. Nick is perfectly average in a household of excellence. Nick must attend a new school (having been asked to leave the Institution for Children of Superior Intellectual Merit), and this introduces the entire Newton family to an eccentric robot-making inventor.

This is a fun, humorous book. Every member of Nick’s family has his or her own set of quirks. Nick is an endearing character who quickly has the reader cheering
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Connie
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fun book for children ages 8-12 and their parents. The main character is a perfectly normal little with average intelligence who lives with a family of eccentric geniuses. I loved all the characters from the mom who is obsessed with making things fly--many of them with her baby along for the ride to the rude sister, and somewhat absent minded, artist father. There is also a butler who has a secret and the grandfather who passed away but is very important to the story.

I hope this is the
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Martha
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this Middle Grade story and its charming illustrations. My rating 4.5.

Nick Newton is a fourth grader who is not a genius like his parents and his older sister. His mother is a genius scientist and his father is a genius artist. His annoying sister, Erma, is a child prodigy with several talents. Nick’s testing reveals he is a normal kid and won’t be able to attend the school for the genius children. This sets his parents on a search for an appropriate alternative school.

Meanwhile, Nick
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Cassie
What a fun middle grade read! Nick is surrounded by a family of geniuses yet finds out that he is only normal. And yet, it doesn't seem to bother him all that much - he knows his parents still love him. The beginning of the book focuses on Nick finding a box of parts and a diagram for them left by his grandfather, another genius inventor and war hero. He wants to put the pieces together but faces multiple failures. I loved how each failure ended with Nick's resolve to try again the next day. The ...more
Mortisha Cassavetes
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First let me Thank Netgalley for this digital copy. This is a very cute Steampunk'ish book. It follows a little boy named Nick Newton, son of a genius mother and father. Nick was tested and found that he is not a genius so he had to go to a new school for average kids. Nick loved to hear stories about the war that his grandfather invented weapons for and all his other creations. I don't want to go into the story more as to not spoil it but I do recommend this book to everyone of all ages.
Cyndi
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a GREAT story about recognizing gifts and skills in everyone!
Love the inventiveness and family importance!
K.A. Cummins
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nick Newton is not a Genius" showcases compassion, friendship, curiosity, understanding, and a healthy family dynamic in a delightful, middle-grade steampunk tale.
Shannon McDermott
Charming, creative, gentle. Ideal for children and a pleasure for grown-ups.
C.O. Bonham
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nick Newton is Not a Genius, by S. E. M. Ishida, is a fantastic middle grade adventure with a steampunk aesthetic. It's perfect for a read aloud or for a child to read to themselves.
Erica Nicole Pait
I enjoyed this book a lot (even though this review may not make it look that way. The thing is that I struggle with reviewing short books). I'm going with 5 stars here!

1: This book is perfect for third-fifth graders I would say. It was a pretty quick read for me, but it'd probably not be for them.

2: This was a really unique book. I've never read a children's book quite like it(especially from this publisher). The plot was really creative! And it had a really happy, satisfactory, fulfilling endi
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William Tracy
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun kid's steampunk adventure about a boy who's not a genius like his parents, but has his own way of doing things. He works to discover more about how his grandfather's mechanical creations work. The reading level is good for younger kids, but the plot has enough intricacies to keep older readers involved too. Looking forward to more from Ishida!
Andréa
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley.
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Nick Newton is not a Genius by S.E.M. Ishida is a children's book about a boy from a family of geniuses. Nick is not a genius, he is a merely average boy from the country of Thauma. He may not be brilliant like his mom and dad or a child prodigy like his sister, but he won’t let that stop him from uncovering the mysteries of a clockwork factory or revealing a war hero’s greatest secret. With help from two new friends and his butler named Jude, Nick embarks on an adventure that will change his li ...more
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