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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (856 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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Toby Harbinger, an eighth grader at Hubble Middle School near Washington, D.C., is in big trouble. He made the mistake of selling his dad's priceless original Star Wars blaster to a lunatic who thinks he's Darth Vader and travels with a large, hairy sidekick known as the Wookiee. Now the lunatic wants more from Toby, whose only hope of getting out of this mess is to win first prize at the school science fair: $5,000.

But others want the prize too - a group of rich students and their super-ambitious, high-powered parents, who will stop at nothing to see their spoiled kids win. What these parents don't know is that an evil mastermind is using them to get hold of top-secret military technology as part of a fiendish plan to destroy the United States.

When Toby discovers this plot, he and his two best friends, Tamara and Micah, try to alert the school authorities, including the fearsome principal, known as The Hornet. But powerful forces are working against Toby and his friends: they're snared in a frame-up and get taken into federal custody, facing espionage charges. Meanwhile, the mastermind proceeds with his evil plan of destruction.

In a desperate bid to escape, the kids find themselves in league with a fairly mad scientist and two bumbling foreign dignitaries armed with cheese so smelly it is used as wolf repellent. With the seconds ticking away and the FBI close on their heels, this bizarre band sets off on a madcap mission to stop the science fair - and save the country before it's too late... Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie Kelsey | 2/3/2014

    " Great to read to kids "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 2/3/2014

    " We listened to this book on tape on our long drive to Utah. Everyone in the car liked it. It was funny/silly on so many levels. Great for kids in third grade and up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 1/27/2014

    " Listened to this book on Audible -- hated the narrator. I love the Peter Pan books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, but I didn't love this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/23/2014

    " Funny. Absurd, crazy, bizarre, and completely plotless, but hilarious nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Cole | 1/20/2014

    " Typical Dave Barry, chuckles and laughs every page. Well worth the time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parker | 1/20/2014

    " This book was F-U-N-N-Y. Its about 3 middle schoolers that go to Hubble Middle School in Maryland. A guy causes blackouts and cuts off all electric devices. His disasters were linked to Science Fair projects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/14/2014

    " This is a pretty darn amusing book about a subject that I hadn't thought about since middle school ... the science fair. Just when you thought science was safe, this book shows you that it'll never be safe so long as you've got hard-to-understand politicians from an undeveloped country bent on attacking the US for really ridiculous reasons, Star Wars wackos, kids who nobody understands or believes, and stinky cheese. If these things don't seem to have anything in common, don't worry, they do, but you'll have to read the book to find out what. This story made me laugh out loud a few times and kept a perpetual smile on my face. Recommended for anyone who ever had to suffer through a science fair, was unfairly charged by those in authority, enjoys stinky cheese, or who has been a Star Wars geek. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 1/11/2014

    " Why weren't our science fairs this much fun? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/4/2014

    " Lots of fun. Reminded me of old Daniel Pinkwater books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Remy Hutheesing | 12/27/2013

    " This was a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 12/23/2013

    " Dave Barry is hilarious - listened to this on roadtrip from Virginia to Nebraska, and it really made the time fly by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 12/12/2013

    " Not quite as good as the Starcatchers series, but still very good and full of that signature Barry-Pearson humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/3/2013

    " Funny. I love Dave Barry's sense of humor. Great middle School book and as a middle school teacher....I thought the behaviors very on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/1/2013

    " One of the best books I've read <3 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/7/2013

    " Overlong, tedious, rife with forced humor. Not Dave Barry's best work. Thank God for the car chase involving a Weiner-mobile or this wouldn't have any redeeming qualities. The ending left it open for a sequel, but I won't be reading it. I'll stick to his Peter and the Starcatchers series instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raejean | 9/15/2013

    " Fun adventure of a junior high science fair mixed with international espionage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 8/19/2013

    " Fun Young Adult book! Eric, Oliver and I read it. It is full of humor and sarcasm and pokes fun at our American culture and the world we live in. Very fun book! Same writers of the Peter and the Star Catcher books-also great reads! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/16/2013

    " Junior high class wars meet the cold war (revisited). What's not to love? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 4/16/2013

    " Don't listen to the other reviews, this book is simply amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 4/4/2013

    " so funny, but u might think it's lame "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harini Mody | 11/28/2012

    " It was really boring at the begin but then it was really good but I was really astonished that J.D Prmkt and he did all this blackout and destruction on America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Achelin | 11/9/2012

    " it was very exciting.This book involves adventure and dangerous decisions as they wrap themselves in things like high tec, jail,and escaping the goverment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 10/28/2012

    " The audiobook was hilarious! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nothgirb☠| 4/26/2012

    " oh this was an amazing book verry funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Pendley | 4/10/2012

    " awesome. creative. wordless (me, not the book ;}). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzi | 3/1/2012

    " For a Dave Berry book I was expecting more. That said, it was an okay juvenile lit book and one I would recommend to my students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant S.w.d.w. | 2/29/2012

    " I don't know what I like better about this book. The poor country or the parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Boukather | 11/21/2011

    " A miracle from heaven. Dave Barry made this a fast-paced piece from the view of a teenage which made it easier for me read. Something that I would greatly advise. A kid makes something for a science fair and wants to beat the populars at their own game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 6/6/2011

    " this is an awesome book! full of adventure, world saving, and star wars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandt | 4/21/2011

    " It was a halarious book filled with fun!!!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 3/31/2011

    " Kids enjoyed this. I didn't. But they love the Barry/Pearson books so we had to work our way through this. The way it ended, I'm guessing a sequel will appear one day. It had its funny moments, but the plot was way too complicated. A nuclear Mentos science experiment would be cool though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 3/17/2011

    " Don't listen to the other reviews, this book is simply amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kami | 2/20/2011

    " We listened to this in the car. The kids enjoyed it. I endured. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 2/11/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books this year. FUNNY! There are so many plot lines, but it isn't overwhelming. I had to put the book down a few times just so I could finish laughing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Max | 2/10/2011

    " I am under age to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 2/9/2011

    " So far, I have loved all of Dave Barry's books. They are charming. This one was very funny.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brianna | 2/8/2011

    " I liked the characters from Krpshtskan!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/22/2011

    " OBOB books!! :) Haha hope I'll actually remember the stuff I read :-/
    Kinda weird.. lol :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 11/12/2010

    " Holy Cow! Ok, maybe now I have 3 favorite books. This one is amazing and very, very, very hard to describe. So, much goes on in it! I absolutely loved it. At the end it eluded to a sequel. Can't wait to see if there is one! "

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