The Smartest Kid in the Universe, Book 1 Audiobook, by Chris Grabenstein Play Audiobook Sample

The Smartest Kid in the Universe, Book 1 Audiobook

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Read By: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Listening Library Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Smartest Kid in the Universe Series Release Date: December 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593286180

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Longest Chapter Length:

08:07 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

04:37 minutes

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"Chris Grabenstein just might be the smartest writer for kids in the universe." --James Patterson

What if you could learn everything just by eating jellybeans?! Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe and find out in this fun-packed new series from the Bestselling Author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of Max Einstein!

12 year old Jake's middle school is about to be shut down--unless Jake and his friends can figure out how to save it. When Jake spies a bowl of jellybeans at the hotel where his mom works, he eats them. But those weren't just jellybeans, one of the scientists at his mom's conference is developing the world's first ingestible information pills. And THAT'S what Jake ate.

Before long, Jake is the smartest kid in the universe. But the pills haven't been tested yet. And when word gets out about this new genius, people want him. The government. The mega corporations. Not all of them are good people! Can Jake navigate the ins and outs of his newfound geniusdom (not to mention the ins and outs of middle school) and use his smarts to save his school? BONUS! Includes extra brainteasers to test your smarts! Don't miss the next Smartest Kid in the Universe—Genius Camp!

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Grabenstein is the author of the best-selling Mr. Lemoncello series, and this new volume, packed with wacky hijinks, will appeal to his legions of fans.

— Booklist, starred review  


  • Here's what people are saying about The Smartest Kid in the Universe:

  • Clever, fast-paced and incredibly funny—Chris Grabenstein has done it again.

    — Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of Spy School
  • It’s pure jelly-bean-enhanced entertainment and a perfect escape. . . . A rollicking good time.

    — The New York Times
  • Grabenstein delivers once again...with a book that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers.

    — School Library Journal, starred review
  • Grabenstein returns with another fact-filled, puzzle-packed, multigenre romp. High-paced humor. . . . Clever, concise, and compelling.

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • This amusing adventure also works as a humorous love letter to public education and dedicated teachers.

    — Publishers Weekly


  • Nominated for South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award, 2022
  • Nominated for South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award, 2022

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About Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author who has collaborated with James Patterson on numerous books, including the I Funny series and Daniel X: Armageddon. He lives in New York City.

About Kirby Heyborne

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.