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Franny K. Stein, mad scientist: the Invisible Fran

on May 25, 2013

JF Benton    •    AR Reading Level: 5.2    •    AR Points: 1.0    •    Quiz #81997


Franny K. Stein is a young girl with an interesting hobby.  Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist.  When her teacher, Miss Shelly, asks the class to give presentations on their hobbies, Franny decides to build a robot that will entice her classmates into becoming mad scientists as well.  To Franny’s dismay none of her classmates shows the slightest interest in taking up mad science, so Franny creates an invisibility potion and whispers suggestions to her classmates on how they can improve the robot.  With Franny’s unseen encouragement, the other children become wildly excited about mad science, but Franny’s plan backfires.  What will Franny do when her classmates efforts at mad science threaten to destroy the school?!

The Invisible Fran is the third in the Franny K. Stein series.  Just as with the first two books in the seires, this is a madcap adventure that features an array of wild creatures and odd inventions sure to please any reader.  The story is presented in short chapters that are augmented by black-and-white cartoon illustration on every page.  These illustrations can be large, taking up to three quarters of the page and serve to enhance the humor in the text.  This is a very enjoyable book and highly recommended to readers who enjoy funny books, such as Captain Underpants.

Genre: Science Fiction  •  Interest Level: grades 3-5

Benton, J.(2004). Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: the Invisible Fran.  New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.


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