Oliver Watson is a twelve-year-old evil genius who has been able to hide his true identity as well as his immense fortune from his parents and everyone at Gayle Sayers Middle School. Using his operatives, secret bodyguards and the ingenious devices at his command, Oliver runs his vast world empire and survives everyday life in a Nebraska middle school. He risks being discovered however, when he decides to run for seventh grade class president. It is a risk he must take in order to gain the attention of the one person he has not been able to influence, his father. This is a tongue-in-cheek funny story. Anyone who is in middle school or works with that age group will appreciate the humor. 303 pages
RReviewed by Minerva King, Media Specialist
This debut novel for young adults by screenwriter Josh Lieb, whose credits include such TV shows as, “The Simpsons”, “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and “NewsRadio”, is hilarious! Readers who liked the Wimpy Kid series will probably eat this up.
Oliver is not just your ordinary middle school kid. He really is a genius of unspeakable evil and he really does want to be the class president. He takes $500.00 in bingo winnings and invests in stock--soon he finds himself a billionaire. But, everyone knows a kid can't buy and sell stocks or companies or take over the world until he's at least 18 years old. Oliver finds a "patsy" to act as the head of his company: Sheldrake Industires.
Running for class president proves harder than running a billion dollar corporation. Middle school is not for the faint of heart! Snarky comments and funny illustrations with Oliver's footnotes on almost every page make this book memorable.
Highly recommended grades 6-12. Anyone with a sense of humor should enjoy this book.
Recommended by Pamela Thompson, MLIS, Library Media Specialist.
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I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE GENIUS, by Josh Lieb Trailer by June Henson of Flower Mound, Tx