Synopses & Reviews
Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can't believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics. By simply reciting the formulas it contains, he can cancel gravity to fly around his bedroom, or decrease friction so he can slide down the street as if he were on Rollerblades. When two thugs with evil intentions come after Simon, he must use the formulas to save himself and the book from falling into their hands.
This funny, fast, and imaginative novel from first-time author Michael Reisman will appeal to fans of both fantasy and action-adventure.
"Reisman's fast-paced, cinematic first novel, already optioned by Universal Studios, transcends its Spiderwickian premise to move in a different direction: it makes scientific concepts interesting and accessible. Like Newton's apple, a secret book which contains so much power that it could become 'the most dangerous thing in existence' falls from above and hits the Everyboy protagonist, 11-year-old Simon Bloom from New Jersey, smack on the head. Titled the Teacher's Edition of Physics, it teachers Simon how to turn himself into an 11-year-old superhero. As he tells his friends, the super-cool Alysha and tiny, cowardly Owen, 'This Book tells me how science really works....It only looks like magic if you don't understand.' Using one of the book's formulas, he takes away Alysha's body's kinetic friction, and she slips and slides over dry forest leaves.The kids' personalities evolve as the book progresses, although the villains (they try to capture the book) are flat, stock characters. The narrator is British 'all the best Narrators are from Great Britain' and members of an Order of Physics receive silly names, such as Ralfagon Wintrofline and Mermon Veenie. These mannerisms, by now familiar in novels for this target group, function almost as a kind of shorthand: kids who like ironic narration will like this title, too. Ages 9-up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This is great, escapist fare for those smart middle-grade readers who are fascinated by science, magic, and adventure." Booklist
"With its mixture of humor, fast-paced action, and science fiction, this book will certainly appeal to many readers." School Library Journal
Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can't believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics, in this funny, fast, and imaginative novel from a first-time author.
About the Author
Michael Reisman lives in Los Angeles, California.