Sci-Fi Junior High – John Martin & Scott Seegert

Fun, fun, fun! Kelvin is the new kid at his school, 56,000 light years from Earth. His parents are supergeniuses. His father works in robotics and his mother’s a neuroscientist. With two supergeniuses as parents, then Kelvin must be a Mighty Mega Supergenius, right?

Kelvin’s new friends at Sci-Fi Junior High are:

  • Spotch, the first friend Kelvin makes
  • Rand-El, the only person on his planet who needs to wear glasses – on his six eyes
  • Gil Lagoonie, who attends school in a portable fish bowl
  • Zot Totzie, who’s happy and positive all the time
  • Grimnee, who doesn’t like bullies
  • Brian Stem, the most intelligent kid at school, except for when he’s stressed and his brain shrinks
  • Mippett, another new kid who doesn’t talk.

With robots, an evil bunny, spaceships, a super secret project, a father who says, “Har” at the end of his jokes (that may be the only clue he told one) and tea parties, there’s no time to look away from this book. Part novel and part graphic novel, the story is pure entertainment and the illustrations are amazing!

I loved the use of illustrations of the head of the person who’s talking next to the words they’re saying. I can’t remember having seen this technique used before and it worked so well with this story. With so much dialogue, the reader isn’t bogged down with, “He/She said” all the time. A quick glance over the page and you know immediately who’s involved in the conversation.

The diversity of friendships was fantastic. Each friend was from a different planet and they all worked together as a team when they needed to and had fun together. Bullying was explored as was having the courage to be who you are, not who people expect you to be. I loved the message of acceptance in this book.

Overall it was a quick but super fun read and before I’d even finished the book I was on Goodreads looking for when the sequel is due to be released. While this is marketed as a kid’s book, adults will enjoy it just as much. This is one of those books I’d try reluctant readers with as there aren’t any boring bits, there are plenty of quirky illustrations to break up the text and there’s space travel, aliens and a baddie who tries really hard to take over the universe.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Kelvin Klosmo isn’t just the new kid at school – he’s the new kid in the galaxy! Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and … slime content. As the son of Earth’s two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn’t just the smartest kid in the world … .he’s the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that’s what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks. 

So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed. 

Well, at least Kelvin won’t have to worry about math homework anymore.

Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil … bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies – don’t ask.

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