In the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire, Frances O’Roark Dowell gives us ‘Mac,’ a curious young scientist who Kirkus Reviews calls “one of the most charmingly engaging new characters in the modern chapter-book scene.”
There have been four books in the Phineas L. MacGuire series. They are available individually, as well as in a boxed set, from your retailer of choice.
Here’s what you need to know about Phineas L. MacGuire, boy-scientist extraordinaire, aka Mac:
1. He’s allergic to purple, telephone calls, and girls, and can prove it.
2. He’s probably the world’s expert on mold, including which has the highest stink potential.
3. He does not have a best friend. He does, however, have an un-best friend, who he does not — repeat, not — want to upgrade to best friend status.
Here’s what reviewers are saying about the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire:
“[P]roves that kids can be smart and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Full of amusing faux-scientific observations as well as actual scientific facts, this lighthearted…book should appeal to any young reader who can stand a little mold.” —Booklist
“This is a funny, easy read that will entertain both average and reluctant readers. The characters are thoughtful, genuine kids who are creative in their problem solving and truly understand the meaning of friendship.” —School Library Journal