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Brilliant Girl Heroine: Review Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

October 9, 2018

‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’ Albert Einstein

Nothing promises more excitement for little science and adventure lovers than the combination of Albert Einstein and the world’s #1 bestselling author James Patterson.

Max Einstein is a twelve-year-old orphan who is brilliant, resourceful, inspired and innovative. Hacking into the computer system at NYU in order to attend college courses is an ordinary day for her, but the fun doesn’t stop there with inventions and challenges aplenty.

Unbeknownst to her, and due to her intelligence, Max is in high demand. It isn’t long before she finds herself recruited by an organisation that has put together a group of young people just like her from around the globe to look at world problems and ways to solve them.

There are of course some bad guys in the mix and that’s where things really start to get interesting and Max’s ability to apply her intelligence to the real world is put to the test!

The vivid and exciting descriptions make it easy to picture Max and her mass of curly red hair, trench coat blowing in the wind, as she is racing off to her next adventure.

With a girls in STEM focus and comparisons with Women in Science and a Galaxy of Her Own, Max Einstein and the Genius Experiment this will be much loved by 10+ readers who are looking for a gripping yet challenging story line.

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment is also the first and only kids’ book series that has been officially approved by the Albert Einstein Archives.

References to great scientists, discoveries and achievements make this an educational read but it’s all approached in an accessible and interesting way e.g. Max likes to sketch out her plans for innovative creations like the great Leonardo Da Vinci, and thanks to great illustrations that are scattered throughout the book, readers can see how the inventions come together. Pages are framed with formulas, equations and discoveries that are made along the way.

There would be few parents that didn’t know the name James Patterson, but you may not know that he has a very long list of successful kid’s titles including The House of Robots Series, Treasure Hunters Series, Middle School Books and a number of other illustrated novels. This collaboration with Chris Grabenstein will be no exception and Max is set to become a very well-loved science heroine.

Parents will be pleased to know that aside from the action and the science, themes of homelessness, environment, team work, problem solving, identity and much more are all here – running to just over 300 pages, it is jam-packed with good stuff!

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James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. Since winning the Edgar Award for Best First Novel with The Thomas Berryman Number, his books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eight years in a row. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades Alex CrossWomen’s Murder ClubDetective Michael Bennett and Private novels and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund in the UK.

Chris Grabenstein is an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian.

Winner of two Anthony and four Agatha Awards, he is also the co-author with James Patterson of The #1 New York Times bestseller I FUNNY.

A former writer for Jim Henson’s Muppets and past president of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Chris co-wrote the screenplay for the CBS-TV movie, The Christmas Gift, starring John Denver.

He lives in New York City with his wife, three cats, and a rescue dog named Fred, who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred) at


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