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Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
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Jan 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure, elementary-lit, dragonsbookofweek
Read from January 27 to 28, 2012

Do you know a child who loves to read the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley's Believe it or Not and enjoys adventure stories with secret codes? Seriously? Of course you do! Then add in a helping of Dan Gutman's wacky humor, and you have the recipe for a book that kids will simply devour.

Coke and Pepsi McDonald are almost 13, and their parents are a little bit.... strange. They are being forced to take an RV trip from California to Virginia at the start of summer vacation. Just before they leave, they discover that they have been recruited to join the Genius Files - a secret group of high intelligence children who need to save the world. That's when the crazy attempts to kill them begin.

The trip is a crazy mixture of adventures, code breaking, and visits to quirky locations across the United States. What other book would include vats of liquefied Spam, jumping off of cliffs, and a visit to the TWO largest balls of twine?

Fans of Dan Gutman's Weird School Days books will enjoy this series, and parents and teachers will like the fact that this book is a step up in length and text challenge. The second book was just released this week.

** As a side note, I enjoyed this humorous book even more because I'm currently reading the Newbery Award books from the 1920s. They aren't funny AT ALL.

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