Morgan McCracken combats bullying by using his head instead of his fists. When this fails him, he runs.
Why is he getting bullied? Partly because he's a redhead. Also, he's one of those 13-year-olds who has already developed facial hair. And he prefers hanging out in his garage attic, his McFactory, where he does his thinking, dreaming, and inventing, rather than hanging out with other people. Except, maybe, the girl across the street, Robin Reynolds. When his bully problem pales in comparison to his family's money problems, Morgan tries to think of an invention that could solve all his problems. An anti–hair-growth formula seems like it might do the trick. He'd no longer get teased for having a five o’clock shadow, and he'd make enough money to keep his family from losing their house. But none of his chemical solutions do anything except give him rashes. And then something happens that makes Morgan's anti–hair-growth solution work...only not the way he planned. Television writer and producer Waxman offers a mix of pitch-perfect dialogue and wild scenarios. The chase scenes, romance, and corporate finagling seem a tad too unrealistic, even in a book dependent on unlikely events, while Morgan is an odd combination of naiveté and worldliness. Despite these drawbacks, kids will find the book entertaining.
An antic-filled romp through the trials and tribulations of a young inventor's exciting life. (Fiction. 9-13)