Synopses & Reviews
A strange sea monster appears on the lake...a fortune is unearthed from an old cannon...a valuable dinosaur egg is stolen. Watch out as the Mad Scientists turn Mammoth Falls upside down!
Take seven, lively, "normal" boys one an inventive genius give them a clubhouse for cooking up ideas, an electronics lab above the town hardware store, and a good supply of Army surplus equipment, and you, dear reader, have a boyhood dream come true and a situation that bears watching.
In the hands of an author whose own work involved technological pioneering, the proceedings are well worth undivided attention, as the boys explore every conceivable possibility for high and happy adventure in the neighborhood of Mammoth Falls. To the unutterable confusion of the local dignitaries and the unalloyed delight of Bertrand Brinley's fans the young heroes not only outwit their insidious rival, Harmon Muldoon, but emerge as town heroes. Here, captured under one cover, are the fun-filled escapades of the young scientists whose exciting capers debuted in Boys' Life 40 years ago.
This 40th-anniversary Author's Edition includes new text added from the original manuscripts, never before seen or read by the public!
"Fun and gentle, the books paint a picture of a more innocent boyhood where scientific know-how could save the day." USA Today
"[F]illed with spirit of adventure and good-natured fun....In fact, Henry Mulligan, chief Mad Scientist, reminds me of me! May there always be 'Mad Scientists' among us!" Homer Hickam, author of October Sky
"When I was a kid, some of my favourite books were about young geniuses....I loved Bertrand Brinley's Mad Scientists." Kenneth Oppel, author of Barnes & the Brains series, Silverwing series
The six members of the Mad Scientists' Club experiment with new projects which include investigating a strange sea monster and the theft of a valuable dinosaur egg.
About the Author
After attending Stanford University, where he majored in Economics and Speech,
Bertrand R. Brinley was a methods and procedures analyst for Lockheed Aircraft's engineering department. He entered the Army in 1944 and served fifteen years in a variety of infantry and public relations assignments, including position of aide-de-camp to the chief of the United Nations delegation during the Korean armistice negotiations. He retired from active duty in order to devote himself to writing, and held a commission as major in the United States Army Reserve. He later worked in technical writing and public relations positions for the Martin Company.
The author of Rocket Manual for Amateurs, Bertrand Brinley lectured extensively to schools and civics groups on space age topics. His articles and stories appeared in Harper's Magazine, Boys' Life, Family Weekly, Woman's Day, The Microwave Journal, Electronics Illustrated, and The Book of Knowledge.
Bertrand Brinley is well-known for his beloved tales of the Mad Scientists' Club, whose further antics can be found in The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, The Big Kerplop!, and The Big Chunk of Ice.
Table of Contents
The Strange Sea Monster of Strawberry Lake
The Big Egg
The Secret of the Old Cannon
The Unidentified Flying Man of Mammoth Falls
The Great Gas Bag Race
The Voice in the Chimney