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Phineas L. MacGuire erupts! : the first experiment, by Frances O'Roark Dowell

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Phineas L. MacGuire erupts! : the first experiment
Title
Phineas L. MacGuire erupts!
Title remainder
the first experiment
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by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Title variation
Phineas L. MacGuire ... erupts!
Title variation remainder
the first experiment
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eng
Summary
Fourth-grade science whiz Phineas MacGuire is forced to team up with the new boy in class on a science fair project, but the boy's quirky personality causes Phineas to wonder if they have any chance of winning
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  • Gr. 3-5. Phineas Listerman MacGuire, known as Mac, considers himself quite a scientist, but his plans to win the fourth-grade science fair may be ruined when Mrs. Tuttle assigns new kid Mac R. as his partner. Though the boys share the same name, they arent alike; obnoxious Mac R. has already alienated the whole class. But to his surprise, Mac discovers that the new boy (whose real name is Ben) is really a gifted artist and decent guy, and he finds a way to help the kid start fresh. Using repetitive phrasing and lots of lists (from project ideas to facts Mac learns about science and Ben), Dowell brings to life a likable, nerdy kid who thrives on scientific thinking. A departure from Dowells Dovey Coe (2001), this book targets a younger audience; the type is large and well spaced, and black-and-white art playfully captures the characters, including the quirky Mrs. Tuttle, who apparently loves frogs. Budding scientists will find instructions for their own experiments at the end of the book. -- Nancy Kim (Reviewed 06-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 19, p70)
  • Gr 3-5 –Phineas MacGuire loves scientific explanations and experiments. He demands empirical evidence of why old beans stink, how to make film canisters explode, and why fellow fourth-grade scientist Aretha always seems to be right. Mac just can’t get back into his scientific groove, though. He misses his best friend and former lab partner, Marcus, who has moved away, and his teacher pairs him with obnoxious classmate Mac R. in the science fair. As the two Macs struggle to agree on a project, Mac R. confesses that his real name is Ben, and the boys plot to introduce the new, improved Ben to the class. Predictably, they make peace and become friends. Details of classroom life, like bouncy Mrs. Tuttle and her frog collection, and the mystery of a mouse in the paper closet, ring true. However, the story is surprisingly bland, given the author’s past successes. Fans of funny, realistic chapter books might find Mac likable, but they are unlikely to remember him or to clamor for more.–Wendi Hoffenberg, formerly at Yonkers Public Library, NY --Wendi Hoffenberg (Reviewed June 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 6, p110)
  • Dowell (Dovey Coe ) creates a likable hero who proves that kids can be both smart and funny. Fourth grade does not get off to a super start for Mac in this first installment of the From the Highly Selective Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire series. In his clipped, comical first-person narrative, he explains that his best friend, who shared his passion for science, recently moved away. His "un-best friend," also named Mac, is a new classmate whose tough-guy persona immediately alienates his peers. When their teacher pairs the two as partners for the science fair, narrator Mac wants to do their project on mold and the new Mac suggests they do it on dinosaurs (they pick a third that gives the book its title: an erupting volcano). On a visit to his new classmate's apartment, Mac makes some un-scientific discoveries: the boy's name is actually Ben (he changed it so he'd have something in common with someone in his new class), he is an accomplished artist who creates comic books, and he is "really a pretty nice person." Dowell nicely builds their blossoming friendship, and Mac devises a plan to re-introduce Ben to their classmates. Several subplots further enliven this amiable tale, among them narrator Mac's friendly rivalry with a smart classmate who insists that she will win first place at the fair. McDaniel contributes spirited half-tone illustrations to the novel, which concludes with directions for performing several experiments mentioned in the story. Ages 8-12. (July) --Staff (Reviewed August 21, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 33, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ Budding scientist and fourth-grader Mac has just lost his best friend to a move. Now at lunch he sits at "the table for people who don't have anyone else to sit with." He does, however, have an "un-best friend," Mac R., newly arrived from Seattle and pugnaciously determined to hate everything at Woodbrook Elementary. In the way of young middle-grade novels, Mac and Mac R. are thrown together for the big science-fair project, which itself proves a Petri dish for the cultivation of their unlikely friendship. Mac is a thoroughly likable kid, whose easy sense of self makes it that much harder to understand the spiky Mac R., but which also helps him to help his partner win over their classmates. Dowell adapts to this shorter and simpler mode of storytelling easily, painting her characters with deft strokes and providing them with enough emotional complexity to make them comfortably three-dimensional. Mac's chatty narrative includes several references to science projects, which are described and explained in an appendix. All in all, a smart, funny read—the first in a promising series. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2006)
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147992
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Dowell, Frances O'Roark
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[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
810L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.D75455
LC item number
Phe 2006
Literary form
fiction
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  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
5
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True
Series statement
From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. MacGuire series
Series volume
0001
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Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Schools
  • Science
  • Friendship
Target audience
pre adolescent
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the first experiment
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Phineas L. MacGuire erupts! : the first experiment, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
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608127
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
167 pages
Isbn
9781416901952
Lccn
2005012605
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Phineas L. MacGuire erupts! : the first experiment, by Frances O'Roark Dowell
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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608127
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22 cm.
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First edition.
Extent
167 pages
Isbn
9781416901952
Lccn
2005012605
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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9781416901952
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illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9781416901952

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