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The Resource The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook, Eleanor Davis ; [inked by Drew Weing ; colored by Joey Weiser & Michele Chidester ; lettered by Bryant Paul Johnson]

The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook, Eleanor Davis ; [inked by Drew Weing ; colored by Joey Weiser & Michele Chidester ; lettered by Bryant Paul Johnson]

Label
The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook
Title
The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook
Statement of responsibility
Eleanor Davis ; [inked by Drew Weing ; colored by Joey Weiser & Michele Chidester ; lettered by Bryant Paul Johnson]
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Eleven-year-old Julian Calendar thought changing schools would mean leaving his "nerdy" persona behind, but instead he forms an alliance with fellow inventors Greta and Ben and works with them to prevent an adult from using one of their gadgets for nefarious purposes
Award
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2011
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens, 2010
Review
  • Gr 3-7 –Julian Calendar, 11, is a supersmart transfer student trying desperately to fit in at his new middle school. Just when he starts to believe that he’ll never find his place, he discovers two other brilliant minds and together they form the Secret Science Alliance. These three braniacs create their own book of blueprints for such cunning creations as “the stinkometer,” sticky and dangerous gluebombs, and the flying “Kablovsky Copter.” However, their blueprints are stolen by evil Dr. Stringer, who has plans for them. Davis’s first long-form comic is packed full of detail down to every minute tool in the Alliance’s workshop, and the flying words and panels move the story at a quick pace. Davis’s creativity is evident from the myriad gadgets and schemes of the story. Children will see, through these inventions and the triumph of the protagonists, that science can be cool.–Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT --Carrie Rogers-Whitehead (Reviewed September 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 9, p187)
  • /* Starred Review */ Meet red-headed Julian, glasses-wearing science geek. Starting at a new junior high school, Julian is determined to hide his intelligence and his interests in order to be more like a normal kid and in hopes of not getting bullied and teased. Two unlikely figures emerge from the crowd: Greta, a tough girl known to be a “dangerous maniac,” who wears a bike helmet at all times, and Ben, talented athlete and supposed “dumb jock.” Julian is surprised to find that these two share his love of science, and the three form the titular alliance, inventing pranks and contraptions, and stopping a crime. Everything about this very original story works. The ebullient characters are well-defined and well-designed; dramatic tension rises and falls at just the right pace; dialogue is snappy, funny and real; and the art is stunning. Davis uses Rube Goldberg/Chris Ware techniques to create splashy and bright pages filled with curious machines, maps, diagrams and closeup details of secret laboratories. The story is sprinkled with inventions (including the “Distract-a-Dad,” “Stinkometer,” and “Secret Science Submarine”) and facts about science, all designed to enthrall young readers with its sense of discovery. Ages 8–12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 7, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 36, p35)
  • /* Starred Review */ Julian Calendar has a plan to avoidbeing afriendless nerd at his new school: Play dumb and pretend to love sports. Two weeks later, he's not been labeled a nerd, but he still has no friends. Then an encrypted invitation arrives. Julian is surprised to find supposed trouble-maker Greta and superjock Ben waiting to invite him to join their inventor's club, and the Secret Science Alliance is born.The three happily invent in their secret underground clubhouse until they incur the disdain of stodgy, mean, local inventor Dr. Stringer. When their idea book vanishes, there's only one suspect. In getting the book back, the SSA uncovers an even more dastardly plot. With its frenetically eye-catching, full-color panels chock-full of humorous and informative detail, Davis's first (of many, one hopes) graphic adventure of the SSA pumps new life into the kids'-secret-society formula. With its bounty of factlets slipped in for learning on the sly, it's a sure kid and teacher pleaser—a perfect package for tweens. (Graphic fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
327930
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1983-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davis, Eleanor
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 5.9
  • 3-6
  • GN 470
Intended audience source
  • Follett Library Resources
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 7
Reading level
3.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Inventors
  • Students
  • Clubs
  • Individuality
  • Science fiction
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Comic books, strips, etc..
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook, Eleanor Davis ; [inked by Drew Weing ; colored by Joey Weiser & Michele Chidester ; lettered by Bryant Paul Johnson]
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
153 pages
Isbn
9780329744731
Isbn Type
(Follett bdg.)
Lccn
2008045399
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)270129796
  • 264895
  • 266307
Label
The Secret Science Alliance and the copycat crook, Eleanor Davis ; [inked by Drew Weing ; colored by Joey Weiser & Michele Chidester ; lettered by Bryant Paul Johnson]
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
153 pages
Isbn
9780329744731
Isbn Type
(Follett bdg.)
Lccn
2008045399
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)270129796
  • 264895
  • 266307

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