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Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this gleefully illustrated space adventure is a laugh on every page. That's a lot of laughs!Kelvin Klosmo isn't just the new kid at school - he's the new kid in the galaxy! Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and... slime content. As the son of EartPresented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this gleefully illustrated space adventure is a laugh on every page. That's a lot of laughs!Kelvin Klosmo isn't just the new kid at school - he's the new kid in the galaxy! Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and... slime content. As the son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn't just the smartest kid in the world....he's the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that's what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks. So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed. Well, at least Kelvin won't have to worry about math homework anymore.Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil... bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies - don't ask....

Title : Sci-Fi Junior High
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ISBN : 9780316315166
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Sci-Fi Junior High Reviews

  • Schizanthus
    2019-03-04 16:16

    Fun, fun, fun! Kelvin is the new kid at his school, 56,000 light years from Earth. His parents are supergeniuses. His father works in robotics and his mother’s a neuroscientist. With two supergeniuses as parents, then Kelvin must be a Mighty Mega Supergenius, right?Kelvin’s new friends at Sci-Fi Junior High are:* Spotch, the first friend Kelvin makes* Rand-El, the only person on his planet who needs to wear glasses - on his six eyes* Gil Lagoonie, who attends school in a portable fish bowl* Zot Totzie, who’s happy and positive all the time* Grimnee, who doesn’t like bullies* Brian Stem, the most intelligent kid at school, except for when he’s stressed and his brain shrinks* Mippett, another new kid who doesn’t talk.With robots, an evil bunny, spaceships, a super secret project, a father who says, “Har” at the end of his jokes (that may be the only clue he told one) and tea parties, there’s no time to look away from this book. Part novel and part graphic novel, the story is pure entertainment and the illustrations are amazing! I loved the use of illustrations of the head of the person who’s talking next to the words they’re saying. I can’t remember having seen this technique used before and it worked so well with this story. With so much dialogue, the reader isn’t bogged down with, “He/She said” all the time. A quick glance over the page and you know immediately who’s involved in the conversation. The diversity of friendships was fantastic. Each friend was from a different planet and they all worked together as a team when they needed to and had fun together. Bullying was explored as was having the courage to be who you are, not who people expect you to be. I loved the message of acceptance in this book.Overall it was a quick but super fun read and before I’d even finished the book I was on Goodreads looking for when the sequel is due to be released. While this is marketed as a kid’s book, adults will enjoy it just as much. This is one of those books I’d try reluctant readers with as there aren’t any boring bits, there are plenty of quirky illustrations to break up the text and there’s space travel, aliens and a baddie who tries really hard to take over the universe.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-03-01 10:34

    Copy provided by publisher for Young Adult Books CentralKelvin is the son of two supergenius scientists, so he must be a supergenius himself, right? Well, maybe it just hasn’t kicked in yet. When his parents are transferred to new jobs on the Galactic Science Hub, Kelvin has to start all over again at Sciriustrati Fibroculareus Junior High school. Some things are the same as they are on Earth-- making new friends, dealing with new teachers, and working on school projects. Some are NOT the same-- food fights in the cafeteria, anti-gravity buttons teachers can use to keep kids in control, and classmates and staff who represent all of the interesting diversity the galaxy has to offer, whether it’s a science teacher who is a cloud of gas or a boy from a water based family who travels around in a portable aquarium! Kelvin and his new friends find themselves in a difficult position that forces them to break into his dad’s lab to complete a school project. Little do they know that they are on a collision course with an evil scientist, Erik Failenheimer. He’s bound and determined to take over the universe by getting a secret element from the planet Zorb, and his plans have gone slightly awry. He’s been trapped in the body of Kelvin’s sister’s stuffed animal, Mr. Fluffles. While this has allowed him to spy on Kelvin’s family and commandeer a giant robot, it does add a few furry wrinkles to his evil plans. Can Kelvin and his friends manage to save the universe… and get their homework in on time?This first outside acquisition for the James Patterson “Jimmy” line of books does a good job at combining elements that kids like to find in books; plentiful illustrations, goofy science fiction, and middle school concerns that are universal. Or, should we say, intergalactic!Seegert has clearly been inspired by Mad magazine, and some pictures are very evocative of the late, great Don Martin. There are even similar sound effects in some panels! Not only do these illustrations up the humor factor, but they also support the text in a way that helps struggling readers. Occasionally, dialogue is present with a thumbnail illustration of the character speaking instead of in paragraph form, which is particularly brilliant. Martin and Seegert have explored space before, in their Vordak the Incomprehensible series, and they cover an interesting cross section of space innovations in Sci Fi Junior High, from synthesized food that could use some work to amazing giant robots. The technology is integrated into school and home life in interesting ways. Using an anti-gravity machine to control students is brilliant, and the description of a fire drill on a space station (go to your locker, put on your helmet, and tether yourself down before the oxygen is sucked out!) is both funny and practical. A space dog who accidentally slurps up matter replicating fluid and can then eat rubber balls and spit out replicas of things? Brilliant. Of course, junior high is still junior high, and Kelvin struggles with his dad, who tells horrible jokes that his classmates actually like. His younger sister is annoying. A girl in his class has a crush on him, but he in turn has a crush on someone else. Even Galactic Hubs have their bullies, homework, and macaroni and cheese, so readers will enjoy seeing how daily life in space would be wildly different and yet comfortingly the same. Sci Fi Junior High is a great choice for readers who like space adventure with a hefty dose of goofiness like Tom O’Donnell’s Space Rocks! and Mike Jung’s Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities. Series lovers will be glad to know that this is the first book, so if they’ve finished all of John Kloepfer’s Galaxy’s Most Wanted,Castle’s The Clone Chronicles and Scieszka’s Frank Einstein installments, there are more out of this world books about Kelvin and his friends in the works!

  • Shannaka
    2019-03-06 10:12

    My. Son. Loved. This. Book.I was given an ARC thru the Goodreads Giveaway and gave it to my son who thoroughly enjoys Sci-Fi books. He read it within a week. He would carry it around with him wherever we went. To this day he still picks it up and re-reads many parts. I am so glad he enjoyed it and thank you again for the book!

  • Mehsi
    2019-02-25 10:09

    What I expected: Lots of Junior High, Kelvin trying to fit in, being honest. Oh and maybe a bit of evil scientist.What you get is 50%-ish school/life and 50% annoying, stupid, frustrating, please throw him into space or burn him evil scientist who was just butt hurt because he didn't get a spot at the station. I am -1 starring for those parts. They were not only boring, but also annoying and I just wanted to kick that dude into space. He was an allround terrible character and he shouldn't have gotten so many chapters. The school life? I loved those, it was great fun to see what stuff they learned at school, to see Kelvin make friends, and to see the food they ate (hint, it is alive). I also loved that the book had fun dialogues, illustrations, comics. It really made the book come to life. So yeah, remove the scientist, or give him just a few small parts (near the end) and voila I would have rated this book a 4.5 stars. But now I will rate it 3.5 stars.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-17 11:37

    Kelvin Klosmo and his family have moved to a research station because his parents are genius scientists that have been assigned to work on some secret-secret research project. He and his little sister have settled in quite nicely other than Kelvin having to deal with the fact that everyone also think he is a genius. That hasn't stopped him from making a number of friends (all alien and with punny names!), and he has also attracted the attention of the school bully.Erik Failenheimer, another scientist, joined the family while they traveled to the station with the Klosmos. Upon his arrival, he has been assigned as a janitor rather than as a scientist. He pretty much quickly decides to become an evil genius. His initial experiment goes wrong, but that doesn't stop him from starting a new plan to take over the universe. As you can guess, Kelvin and his friends are going to end up taking him on.The story is fun and interesting. That dad's bad jokes are perfect for this type of storytelling. In a way, this sort of felt like a combination of The Jetsons and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It was good enough to read the next book. The end of the book indicates it is the first of a series.

  • Lisa Workman
    2019-03-06 10:18

    I read this out loud to my three boys, ages 7, 7, and 10. They all enjoyed the book and often begged me to read another chapter. The illustrations are cute and humorous. The story did an excellent job of keeping their attention and was creative. If the author wrote a sequel we would definitely read it! I received an advance reader copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Kristie
    2019-02-21 14:36

    Kelvin Klosmo's family has moved to a new intergalactic community so that his genius parents can continue their important scientific work. Starting a new school is always hard, but for Kelvin it's going to be especially difficult since his classmates and teachers will all be different species--plus he's expected to be an uber-genius since he's the product of two of the smartest people in the galaxy. Throw in a disrespected and jealous scientist who has decided that being evil is his path to fame, and you have SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH.SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH has plenty of middle school humor, and the illustrations are in a comic format that helps the sometimes-confusing narrative. Both are sure to appeal to the book's intended audience. Kelvin is a relatable and well-formed character, and his struggles with imposter syndrome particularly ring true. His friends and family aren't quite as well done, and there are a lot of middle school literary tropes sprinkled throughout: a not-so-smart bully, friendly crushes, an embarrassing parent, and an annoying younger sibling.This is the first a series, and I think it suffers a bit from trying to do too much to set up future books. That said, there's enough to keep readers entertained and flipping pages, and there are positives to recommend giving SCI-FI JUNIOR HIGH 2 a try, too.My thanks to the publisher and YA Books Central a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  • M.M. Hudson
    2019-03-02 11:30

    I decided to pick up a copy of this book for two purposes, first, I like James Patterson and he was presenting this book and second, I wanted to read a pseudo-sci-fi book.The book was not exactly what one would consider sci-fi but it was based around a kid who was to live out in space, so, I guess it did qualify. This kid is a brainiac or so, his reputation proceeds him. He has brilliant parents, so, why wouldn't he be? The problem is, he isn't quite yet and that can get him in all sorts of trouble with his new found, and unusual, looking friends. I chuckled along with the way the main character tries to fit in but does so in such a haphazard way.In the end, he turns out to be a hero anyway and isn't that what sci-fi is about? I really liked this book and its funky characters. I could see boys, in particular, liking the adventures of this crew in space. Oh, and one more thing, I could not help but totally laugh at the mad scientist. What a hoot!Read it, you will like it.4 stars!Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book at my local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. Hudson aka Naila Moon

  • Eva
    2019-03-20 13:14

    “Sci-Fi Junior High” by John Martin and Scott Seegert is part of a series for Young Readers.The illustrations are fun and engaging to the story of Kelvin Klosmo who undergoes many adventures. Despite having super-intelligent parents, Kelvin is fairly normal. He has to deal with the usual problems of going to a new school, trying to make friends and dealing with the teachers. On top of all these pressures, he has to deal with an evil villain from taking over the universe.Young readers will no doubt love both the story and the illustrations.Thank you GoodReads for the book.

  • Sue
    2019-03-03 11:22

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.My 9-year-old son loved this book and is somewhat upset the next one won't be out for six more months. (We've already pre-ordered it.) He enjoys reading, but he read this one straight through in two days. Given that he has three other books going right now, that's saying something. "Sci-Fi Junior High" was amusing; he liked it so much because "It was funny."Thanks for sharing a great book.

  • Chris
    2019-03-01 18:30

    Excellent illustrations and multiple formats combined with a mix of wacky space adventure and funny observations on the middle grade experience. Definitely a lot of fun.(My rating is probably a bit low due to high expectations from my love of the author-illustrator pair's previous Vordak series; this doesn't quite measure up to that in my mind.)

  • Leslie Barberie Blount
    2019-03-21 13:14

    This is a cute coming of age story for 3-5th graders.

  • Delia
    2019-02-28 11:29

    My 7 yr old son and I really enjoyed reading this book together and can't wait for the next one. I asked him what he'd rate the book from 1 to 5 and he said, "10".

  • Rebekah
    2019-03-02 11:15

    I recieved and ARC copy of this book through Good Reads Giveaways. Fianlly, I was able to finish this book. My 11 yr old, who hates to read, took the book and has actually finished it. He loved to story. It has humor, adventure, and can really relate to kids going to a new school.I found the story very entertaining. Kelvin is the son of two super geniuses. He is just an adverage kid, who feels like he has to be super smart because his parents are and everyone expects him to be. Kelven finds himself in a new school on the other side of the universe. In one week he makes friends, and stops a supervillian from taking over the universe. Full of humor, bad and good. adventure, school. Great story for mid-grade children. Short chapters and fun, cool illustrations on almost every page. Made the story more interesting and easier to get into.

  • Katie Rybakova
    2019-03-03 12:26

    A great text for recultant readers in 6th grade, but definitely a great text for 4th, 5th, I think! love the illustrations and the made up language is great. A fantastic book to teach dialogue with!

  • Jaq
    2019-03-01 14:34

    Entertaining enough and it proved a hit with my son. Good for the emerging reader who wants to try different text formats.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-10 11:39

    Middle School kids loved this book as a read aloud. We did project the pages because the art added so much to the story. Thank goodness it's a series. I need to know more about the evil plushie!

  • Scott
    2019-03-04 12:33

    This book is a lot of fun! I found myself laughing out loud, and I'm sure my 5th graders will too! Can't wait for future installments.

  • Amber Scaife
    2019-03-06 12:32

    A boy and his scientist parents move to a new planet and he must adjust to a new school and also inadvertently defeat an evil scientist.Meh. S'okay but not fabulous.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-15 10:28

    Very fun Sci-Fi book, has illustrations and comics as part of it which adds some great fun.

  • Marie
    2019-03-21 17:23

    This is a cute book. Besides being a print book there are illustrations too. Kelvin's parents are scientists and have been transferred to the space hub. Since Kelvin's parents are geniuses everyone thinks Kelvin is a genius too. So now he starts Sci-Fi Junior High with everyone thinking he is a genius. He is not. Kelvin's father has invented a robot to send to a planet to get Zorp. The theory is to transfer a human brain into the robot to control it. A jealous scientist tries to transfer his own brain into the robot to get the glory of getting Zorp. But his brain goes into a fluffy toy instead. Kelvin and his friends sneak into the lab to study the propulsion system for class assignment. They get stuck inside the robot's leg where the propulsion is. The book has its funny moments. It is a quick and easy read. I liked it.

  • Brenda Schneider
    2019-02-25 10:20

    Creative and humorous. Enjoyed the illustrations. I won this book through Goodreads.

  • Aria
    2019-02-27 10:09

    3.5 starsI received an ARC for this book yesterday at NYCC, and I have to say, it was fun to read a kid's book after so much YA.I can definitely see young readers enjoying this as much as I enjoyed Franny K. Stein when I was in elementary school.But I do feel like, since the main character is about 12 (7th grade), the projected age of the audience would be 12 year olds, and I feel like this material and writing style is too simplistic for that age group. When I was 11-12, me and the kids my age were reading things like Breaking Dawn and The Outsiders.Other than that I thought it was a fun adventure for young, unenthusiastic readers, which is what, at the end of the day, it was trying to accomplish. I'll definitely check out the finished copy in February to see the final illustrations.

  • Kalyn
    2019-03-15 17:18

    I've been just recently bemoaning the dearth of sci-fi in middle grade fiction, and this arc showing up seemed rather timely. While I meant something more like WondLa or Wrinkle in Time, this was not a terrible disappointment. The mix of formatting, illustrations, and text seems to gear it towards younger grades, or maybe some reluctant older kids, and the plot reaffirms this. It's probably going to be a reasonable bridge book, though the size of it might intimidate some of the kids who would benefit from it most. It's funny and goofy, and doesn't have heavy handed lessons that so many books suffer from. Some of the upper middle grades might enjoy it for palate cleanser between meatier books. Would recommend.

  • Cheryl Pinette
    2019-02-20 13:32

    Couldn't wait to read this and then allow some of the 5th grade students to have access. They are working very hard this week to get the opportunity to read the book. Sharing the fact that I received an ARC was such a bonus to getting kids to want to read! They are thrilled to read a book that doesn't hit the shelves until February.The story was fun. Characters were well described and the illustrations matched the descriptions so well. It was prescriptive with the bad guy getting what was coming to him but the way the kids worked together in the story provided some great surprises!

  • Yaritza
    2019-03-10 10:17

    Such a fun book. I enjoyed the illustrations. It made the book come to life. Kelvin has a super genius mom and dad. Everyone at his new school in space thinks that he is brilliant while in reality he is average. His new school has creatures from all over space. He and his family are the only ones from Earth. It was great to have an evil villain trying to conquer a world. The plot for the book was thought out very well. It is funny and interesting. All readers of all ages will love it.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-07 11:35

    Free copy from nycc.The book is filled with both text and illustrations so it makes for a quick read. I had a tough time feeling a connection with any of the characters. I was hoping for more detail on the setting -- the concepts were very cool and I want more world building. My takeaway: let the real you shine through because you may just surprise yourself with all that you can achieve!

  • Corinne
    2019-02-27 12:38

    I received an ARC of this one and gifted it to my 11 year old who loved this book! He said it was excellent and finished it quickly, and then went back to reread it. He said it was funny and clever and had a great story. I will definitely save it for my other kids to read someday soon.

  • Leah Rodriguez
    2019-02-21 10:30

    A fun read for the middle grades. Got it as an advance proof from the publisher. Well done!