As my soon to be 8-year-old son is getting into puzzle-based books and his reading level is pretty good for his age, I figured why not try something a little longer and see how he enjoys it. I figured the book is for 8-12 year olds, hopefully this book would be easy for him to read.
"The Genius Files: Mission Impossible" by Dan Gutman is a book with a lot of potential, fun, engaging but I have to admit, for younger children, this may go way over their heads.
The book is about two twins, Coke and Pep McDonald and as they prepare for their family vacation cross-country (which both are dreading), while walking home, they notice a man in black driving behind them, following them with a golf cart.
At first, they figured it was just an old man driving but when Pep's female intuition starts to kick in, her brother Coke knows its bad and both start running away from the man. A mysterious woman named Mya shows up out of nowhere, gives them flight suits and tells them to jump off the cliff or else they will die and tells them that their life is in danger. The next thing you know it, more men and black show up and Mya tries to defend the kids. She ends up getting hit by darts and the kids have nowhere to go but to jump off a cliff.
The two can't believe they are flying through mid-air but now know their lives are in danger for some reason.
Well that reason is because the two happen to be genius. After 9/11, a scientist who was working at the Pentagon right after the accident was working on a program in which younger children who are geniuses were sought out and would be used for a government program.
What is Coke and Pep's tie to the program? And why do people want them dead?
"The Genius Files: Mission Impossible" is an interesting book as it features quite a bit of factoids of interesting topics and while I found the book quite enlightening and fun, as did my son, I have to admit that the book was a bit verbose for him and probably best read if he was a year or two older. He's about to turn 8 but there are a lot factoids that would probably appeal to older children, teens and adults but for a kid at a young age, it may be a bit much for him.
If anything, he was more into the adventure, the thrill of the cat and mouse hunt and he basically loved the interaction between brother and sister Coke and Pep but the part that he started to doze off or not have much interest reading were the factoids and once again, interesting read for me...but for him, I think he may be a bit too young to understand some of the dialogue or factoids or even the more historical situations even if some are fictional.
Also, I'm sure there are some parents who probably will not like to read a book to their children or would want them to read about two children being pursued by men trying to kill them. So, parental guidance is suggested. It's not a dark book by any means but knowing that there are young children at higher reading levels, it's important for parents to know more about this suspenseful storyline.
But overall, I did enjoy this book, probably more than my son did but I'm sure we will revisit this book when he gets a little older.