What Harry Potter did for magic, Max Einstein does for kids' imaginations! Max leads a group of kid geniuses in this #1 New York Times bestseller officially approved by the Albert Einstein archives.
Max Einstein is not your typical genius. She . . .Hacks the computer system at NYU to attend classesBuilds inventions to help the homelessAnd talks to Albert Einstein! (Okay, that's just in her imagination)
But everything changes when Max is recruited by a mysterious organization! Their mission: solve some of the world's toughest problems using science. She's helped by a diverse group of young geniuses from around the globe as they invent new ways to power the farthest reaches of the planet. But that's only if the sinister outfit known only as The Corporation doesn't get to her first . . .
Max Einstein is a heroine for the modern age and will be looked up to by readers for generations to come.
"[A] fast-paced, science-filled caper." -- The Wall Street Journal
Johnson's wry sketch of the iconic photo of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue, accompanied by his observation that "Imagination is more important than knowledge," opens a lively and astute series launch by frequent collaborators Patterson and Grabenstein. Max Einstein, a homeless 12-year-old genius, knows nothing about her parents, her past, or the origins of her treasured suitcase filled with Albert Einstein memorabilia. The feisty girl's infatuation with the scientist guides her critical problem-solving ("What would Einstein do?") after she is kidnapped by thugs working for a greed-driven corporation and subsequently recruited by the rival Change Makers Institute, dedicated to eradicating global warming, poverty, war, and pandemic disease. Eight other whiz kids competing to become the group's "instrument of change," a cunning double agent, and the good guys' surprising benefactor add to the story's intrigue, which illuminates present-day applications of Einstein's scientific theories as well as the wisdom of his humanitarian tenets ("Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile"). Sprinting from Manhattan to Israel to the Congo, the story is an entertaining and thoughtful exploration of perseverance, friendship, creativity, and identity. Ages 9 12.