Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: The Boy Who Knew Everything

Publish December 12, 2015

Twelve-year-old Conrad Harrington III is a genius. His ability to use math and science to solve problems and invent incredible machines makes him one of the most brilliant minds in the world. After escaping from I.N.S.A.N.E. (Institute for Stability, Normality and Non-Exceptionality), Conrad and his best friend, Piper McCloud, return to her family’s farm to live peaceful, relatively unremarkable, lives. However, the near-loss of Piper’s beloved father inspires Conrad and Piper to join with their former classmates and create a secret group that uses their gifts to save people in trouble. Their actions attract the attention of Conrad’s estranged father — the new president of the United States — and suddenly Conrad and Piper find themselves caught up in a struggle between good and evil that’s bigger than they ever imagined. The Boy Who Knew Everything feels like two stories in one book, with the first half of the novel describing the events leading to Conrad’s decision to use his talents to help others and the second half focusing on discovering the truth about an idyllic other world where everyone has a special gift. While there’s no shortage of action, sometimes the plot includes so many twists it can be hard to keep up. The true star of the novel, however, is Conrad and Piper’s friendship, which manages to strengthen and develop without ever hinting at romance. The Boy Who Knew Everything is an excellent companion to Forester’s first novel, The Girl Who Could Fly, but it also stands alone as an enjoyable read.

The Boy Who Knew Everything

Victoria Forester
Feiwel and Friends
ISBN 13: 978-10-312-62600-6

Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier

Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.

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