Ages: 8 - 14Producer: Hachette Audio


Twelve-year-old prodigy, Max Einstein, lives in an abandoned apartment building above a horse stable on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. An orphan who knows nothing about her past, Max commutes downtown each morning by subway to her advanced classes in science and mathematics at New York University. In James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s new audiobook, Max Einstein, the Genius Experiment, Max joins forces with a team of underage inventors from all over the world to transform the lives of an impoverished West African mining community. In addition to the money to be raised for the project and the technical problems to be solved, the young inventors’ efforts to achieve their mission is repeatedly disrupted by a small army of local outlaws, hired by a greedy international corporation intent on destroying the children’s inventions, kidnapping Max, and using her unrivaled intellectual skills to achieve their own evil aims. Poor and often homeless throughout her childhood, Max is accustomed to challenges and difficulties and unwilling to admit to defeat, even when the situation seems hopeless. While much of the scientific information in the story (Einstein’s theory of relativity, Newton’s laws of motion) will be over the heads of many young listeners, Max Einstein is a compelling presentation of the power of intelligence, the importance of teamwork and imagination, and the conviction that knowledge is only valuable to the extent that it helps make the world a better place. Narrator Andrea Emmes perfectly captures the spunk and determination of the story’s brilliant young protagonist.

David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.

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