Phineas L. Macguire... Blasts Off! (Paperback)

By Frances O'Roark Dowell, Preston McDaniels (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781442422049, 188pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2011

List Price: 7.99*
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Houston, we have a problem Phineas L. MacGuire (a.k.a. Mac) has a lot to learn about outer space if he's going to be the best scientist in the fourth grade. To get the knowledge he needs, Mac is determined to go to space camp, but his mom says he has to earn the money himself. Houston, we have another problem: a gigantic, slobbery dog named Lemon Drop. Mac can earn the money he needs by walking Mrs. McClosky's yellow Lab--but how will he survive the walks? Good thing Mac is a scientific genius with friends like Ben and Aretha. Together the three of them discover that Lemon Drop is no ordinary dog--in fact, the pup is a real-life "Lab"oratory.

Praise For Phineas L. Macguire... Blasts Off!

"[P]roves that kids can be smart and funny." -- Publishers Weekly

"Mac [is] one of the most charmingly engaging new characters in the modern chapter-book scene." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Full of amusing faux-scientific observations as well as actual scientific facts, this should appeal to any young reader who can stand a little mold." -- Booklist

"This is a funny, easy read that will entertain both average and reluctant readers. The characters are thoughtful, genuine kids who are creative in their problem solving and truly understand the meaning of friendship." -- School Library Journal