What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED--Conservation Science Project [s]

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message 1: by Evan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:44PM) (new)

Evan | 27 comments Yes I was a geek while young as well.

There was this great book (YA? maybe kids, written at least 15 years ago, fiction) about a boy who wanted to win some sort of annual science or invention competition. He was horribly dissapointed because the topic turned out to be 'conservation' for that year. He tried various things, making grilled cheeses while you ironed, grilling meat on a car engine, etc. He had a primary rival at school in the competition & I'm sure there was some girl involved (chances look good).

Anybody? Thanks in advance!


message 2: by Evan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM) (new)

Evan | 27 comments Bump...?


message 3: by Evan (new)

Evan | 27 comments Maybe 15 months isn't too short a time to bump a topic? I would just start a new one, but that's really all I can remember.


message 4: by April Ann (new)

April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments I'll do a search later when I have time!


message 5: by bup (new)

bup | 84 comments Was this a book where the kid did a lot of things in secret, like a conservation superhero? And at the end he couldn't figure out how to report to the teacher what he had done, because all these great things had been in secret?


message 6: by April Ann (last edited Mar 04, 2009 07:07AM) (new)

April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments Beetles, Lightly Toasted (Yearling Book) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Beetles, Lightly Toasted by Phyllis Naylor
Summary: Andy's entering the fifth-grade essay contest stirs his imagination to creative heights as he competes with his know-it-all cousin by making recipes with some unusual food sources and testing them on unaware friends and family.

"But Jack's mysterious experiment involving hamburgers in a car engine galvanizes Andy, who comes up with an essay entitled "How Beetles, Bugs, and Worms Can Save Money and the Food Supply,"


message 7: by Kate (new)

Kate (katespofford) | 246 comments How about these?

Pig and the Shrink by Pamela Todd (pub. 1999)
Seventh-grader Tucker needs to come up with a winning science fair project in a hurry, so he uses his fat friend Angelo as an experimental subject and in the process learns about more than just science.

Green Thumb by Rob Thomas (pub. 1999)
A teenage scientist discovers that a new species of tree is endangering the Amazon rain forest.


message 8: by Evan (new)

Evan | 27 comments That's it, April Ann! Woot! I had forgotten the beetles angle entirely. Rock on. You win.


message 9: by April Ann (new)

April Ann (bloomer) | 516 comments Yippee!


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