Skip to main content

Lenny Cyrus, School Virus

Joe Schreiber, Matt Smith (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (4/2/2013)


It seemed so logical at first. Fourteen-year-old Lenny Cyrus had loved Zooey Andrews since third grade. All the boy genius needed to do to win her heart was shrink down to the size of an amoeba, ooze into a gelatin capsule, and have his friend Harlan slip it (him!) into Zooey’s Diet Coke.

Told in three voices, this fantastical middle grade novel takes Lenny deep into Zooey’s loud, splashing innards. The question is, will Lenny and Zooey survive his crazy experiment in nanotechnology?

Praise For Lenny Cyrus, School Virus

"The action is fast, furious, and even funny for middle-schoolers with strong stomachs and fond memories of similar journeys on Ms. Frizzle's Magic School Bus."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Schreiber alternates among Lenny, Harlan, and Zooey's perspectives in short, taut, action-packed chapters with cliffhanger endings."
Publishers Weekly

"There is so much here to enjoy."

"With perfect timing, the story slides between typical middle-school scenes and Lenny's fantastic microscopic journey, balancing clever, wise-guy repartee with gut-wrenching tension."
Booklist Online

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544336285, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

About the Author

JOE SCHREIBER is the New York Times bestselling author of adult novels Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, and Eat the Dark. His other novels for young people include, the critically acclaimed Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist, and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children.

Matt Smith drew his first Conan the Barbarian adventure when was eight years old. A children’s book illustrated fascinated by traditional lore and comic-book heroes, Matt lives with his wife and their dog in Lexington, Massachusetts. Visit his website at, find Barbarian Lord on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter (@barbarianlord).