Michael's days as a happy underachiever are over when he accidentally eats a nanochip loaded with information and becomes his own worst nightmare: a know-it-all. Michael Wise is lazy and unmotivated,
Michael's days as a happy underachiever are over when he accidentally eats a nanochip loaded with information and becomes his own worst nightmare: a know-it-all.
Michael Wise is lazy and unmotivated, and the perfect student council president for J.R. Wilcott Middle School.
But one day everything changes drastically when Michael innocently indulges in his favourite treat, his mom's triple chocolate brownies. Unbeknownst to Michael, his computer programming dad accidentally left a chip on the counter when his mom was mixing the recipe. The nanochip, which his dad had developed, is loaded with educational data...and now it's been absorbed into Michael.
To Michael's horror, he begins spouting information in his French class, he's a master chef at home, and he's a sudden whiz in math. Before he knows it, Michael is not the happy underachiever he used to be, but a brainiac, held up as an example by his teachers, and hated by everyone in the student body.
What has happened to the old Michael? Is the underachiever gone for good?
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"Adults will get a chuckle if reading this book aloud, and slackers and overachievers alike will relish the humour in this novel aimed at middle school students. . . Deborah Sherman, who is also a teacher, captures the contemporary dialogue of "tweens" and creates some memorable characters in her first book for children."
— CM Magazine
"Deborah Sherman's child-like sense of humour has served her well in her first foray into publishing. . . Triple Chocolate Brownie Genius readers are easily dropped into Michael's life. And the smiles come easily."
— Ancaster News
"This humorous story is a quick and easy read. Children will relate to Michael, as well as to his friends Hil and Sludge. . . The fast pace of the book will also appeal to reluctant readers."
— School Library Journal
Deborah Sherman was born in Canada in Dundas, Ontario, and majored in English at York University in Toronto. She worked for a number of years at a publishing house as a promotions assistant and editor before returning to university and becoming a teacher. This is her first book for children.
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ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards finalist, Juvenile Fiction category, 2007
Diamond Willow Award Nominee 2009