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Contributor(s): Gutman, Dan (Author)

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ISBN: 0061827681     ISBN-13: 9780061827686
Publisher: HarperTorch
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Binding Type: Library Binding - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2012

Annotation: As their cross-country journey with their parents continues through the Midwest, twins Coke and Pepsi, now 13, again face strange assassins at such places as the first McDonald's restaurant and the Cedar Point amusement park. 50,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Siblings
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2011019363
Age Level: 8-12
Grade Level: 3-7
Lexile Measure: 720(Not Available)
Series: Genius Files
Physical Information: 0.73" H x 5.82" W x 8.41" (0.86 lbs) 277 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 150768
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Gutman, Dan: -

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series; the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world; and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 12 million copies. Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
Picking up where Mission Unstoppable ended, Coke and Pepsi continue their cross-country trek, now from Wisconsin to Washington, DC, to join a secret government program that employs smart kids to solve America's problems. The (sometimes grating) humor continues in this volume as the twins outmaneuver perilous challenges. Readers are again encouraged to track the characters' route online with Google maps.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 February)

Gr 4–6—This sequel to Mission Unstoppable (HarperCollins, 2011) picks up right in the middle of the McDonald family road trip, but knowledge of that book is not essential as the narrator breathlessly recounts its highlights. It isn't long before the 13-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi find themselves in hot, er, oil. Yes. Even though they thought they dispatched the evil Dr. Warsaw in the last go-round, it seems that a new evil mastermind is pursuing them—Archie Clone, a kid genius with a penchant for hats and a resemblance to Archie of comic-book fame. As the family zigzags across the eastern half of the country en route to Washington, DC, they stop at a variety of oddball roadside attractions, where, if the twins don't find themselves in immediate peril, they find mysterious ciphers that need decoding. The various stops are real places, such as the Mustard Museum in Wisconsin and Hershey Park in Pennsylvania. Text boxes give instructions for finding the McDonalds' route in Google Maps, and black-and-white photographs and illustrations of the codes are included. Kids will appreciate the book for its nonstop action and goofball humor; character development is weak. Coke and Pepsi have the most clueless parents ever and the villains are strictly laughable. Buy for reluctant readers wanting something fast, or for fans of "The 39 Clues" (Scholastic).—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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