Welcome to just one of the many weird and random facts that thirteen-year-old Morgan McCracken spews whenever he is nervous or excited, which is most of the time. The oddball trivia really overflows when Morgan inadvertently invents something everyone wants. He finds himself and the girl he has a crush on running for their lives from greedy opportunists who plan to cash in on Morgan's multizillion-dollar hair-raising discovery! Morgan's path is full of surprises as he navigates bullies, kidnappers, the lure of fame and fortune, and his heart's desire.
Wit and humor shine in this quirky and fun middle grade debut!
SubtitleHair Today, Gone Tomorrow
AuthorBy Mark S. Waxman
ImprintSky Pony Press
Published13 February 2018
Dimensions5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Mark Waxman is a multi-Emmy-Award-winning television writer and producer. Earlier in his career, Waxman served as director of program development for Los Angeles public television station KCET, as well as vice president of children’s programming for CBS. He created, wrote, and executive produced the internationally acclaimed kid's science series Beakman's World and the hit comedy Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. He continues to be the perennial sole writer for the NBC television special The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
"[O]ffers a mix of pitch-perfect dialogue and wild scenarios…in this antic-filled romp through the trials and tribulations of a young inventor’s exciting life.” - Kirkus Reviews
"Kids will root for Morgan as he makes tough choices. VERDICT: A solid purchase; ideal for reluctant readers and those interested in science."—School Library Journal
"Life takes a decidedly exciting turn for nerdy young genius Morgan McCracken when a bolt of lightning transforms an experimental hair-removal formula he has concocted in his garage workshop into a superfast (if temporary) hair grower. Not only does the red goop prove eminently useful for frightening off a vicious bully, it instantly brings balding crowds to his doorstep, waving humongous amounts of cash. Even more thrilling, Morgan connects with dazzling schoolmate Robin over a shared penchant for random facts ('Marie Curie’s notebooks are still radioactive. And Donald Duck never wore pants'). Ultimately Morgan comes around to Robin’s view that outer appearances mean nothing compared to what’s inside, and passes up the prospect of wealth and fame. Whether or not readers buy into his line of reasoning, they will enjoy his highly comical misadventures and perhaps even give his “secret” recipe—composed of dozens of household ingredients and included in its entirety—a whirl." —Booklist
"Bald is beautiful and so is Morgan’s message." - Al Roker, Today show cohost
"Waxman combines cause-and-effect sequencing with bizarre outcomes which keeps readers guessing, and gives this clever story the irresistible capriciousness of a sitcom. The McVentures of Me, Morgan McFactoid is mc-riveting and mc-funny." - Midwest Book Review