Top Secret (Paperback)

By John Reynolds Gardiner, Marc Simont (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316303637, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 1995

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Prebound (10/1/1995)

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Fans of Jennifer Holm's The Fourteenth Goldfish will fall in love with this humorous story about one boy's school science project that goes terribly wrong. Perfect for STEM curricula.

Despite the disapproval of his parents and his formidable science teacher, nine-year-old Allen is determined to do his school science project on human photosynthesis--turning sunlight into food for humans.

Everyone laughs at his outrageous scheme until Allen turns green, sprouts roots, and develops an overwhelming desire to soak up the sun. He's turning into a plant and no one believes him--no one, that is, except the President of the United States.

Can Allen protect his top secret discovery and ace his science project without being a threat to national security?

About the Author

John Reynolds Gardiner has written a number of books for children, including Stone Fox and General Butterfingers. He is also an engineer by profession. A native of Los Angeles, he has lived in West Germany, Central America, and Idaho. Gardiner currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and three daughters.

Marc Simont has illustrated more than a hundred children's books and has won both a Caldecott Honor and a Caldecott Medal. He has worked with such authors as Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (on the Nate the Great series) and Margaret Wise Brown. Simont and his wife live in West Cornwall, Connecticut.