watched with a mixture of nervousness and excitement as the judges of the
Downview Public School science fair examined her display. She had spent
every evening of the past month putting together her exhibit. It had been
exhausting, but worth it, she hoped. She knew that photonsail space travel
was a difficult concept to convey to anyone who didn’t have a sound
knowledge of interstellar flight and quantum physics.
Amanda Forsythe: Eleven-Year-Old brainiac of Downview Public School. No
friends. Everybody, including teachers and parents, thinks she’s crazy. But
then something extraordinary happens at the school's science fair. She meets
Professor Leitspied and Dr. Oppenheimer, two seemingly harmless scientists
looking for brainiac recruits. But only when Amanda arrives at the STAR
academy, run by Leitspied and Oppenheimer, does she realize why so many
smart kids are all locked up in a fortress like STAR Academy.
Bottom Line: I learned some things while reading this book. It made me want
to conduct my own experiments and become a brainiac. But I always have had a
love of science, and if you’ve felt that way before, I would recommend this
book. It is highly entertaining, so do yourself a favour and read it. I
think it has a very appropriate length for the story. One thing I found, it
was hard to believe an 11 year old could understand these scientific terms
as well as she does. A book definitely suitable for ages 10-13.
I would like to award STAR Academy 3 and one-half epic stars.