The hijinks continue in the fourth book in Franken-Sci High, the wacky series created with The Jim Henson Company.
Franken-Sci High is the only school in the world for aspiring mad scientists and it’s located on a craggy island in the Bermuda Triangle, of course! While some mad scientists are power-hungry maniacs, the school was founded in 1536 as a refuge for generations of brilliant—and sometimes eccentric—young minds. Students are encouraged to use their brainpower for good, but the teachers accept that some kids will want to take over the world…and the school cafeteria.
Odifin Pinkwad exists as a brain in a jar, and when he sets his mind to something…watch out! He finds out about a special Franken-Sci High event: A Mad Scientists and Brilliant Brains Trivia Night, and he is determined to win the special prize for first place. His plan to win? Plug into the jars holding famous brains in the school library’s Brain Bank and transfer their knowledge to himself. Odifin thinks he has Trivia Night in the bag, but as he gets greedy for more and more brainpower and figures out how to connect to all the brains at once, he starts to grow, and grow, and grow. Soon he’s a giant brain who exists in a shark tank instead of a jar! He’s smarter than ever, but being a massive brain has some downsides: He needs more and more challenges—like doing the homework of every student in school for fun and making the lights flicker every time someone says “Odifin”—just to keep his brain busy. The strangest thing of all, though, is what happens next…when Newton Warp finds out a surprising detail about Odifin’s past that could change everything!
CHAPTER 1 A Shocking Morning “Students of Franken-Sci High! It has come to my attention that many of you are still asleep after last night’s cast party. Please report to the cafeteria right away. The school has an important announcement to make!”
Newton Warp groaned as he woke up to the voice of Headmistress Mumtaz, which seemed to be shouting into his ear. Then he felt something tickle the inside of his ear. A tiny, mechanical, fly-like creature flew out of it and left the room through the crack on top of the door. It was quickly followed by another mechanical fly that came from the bottom bunk, where Newton’s roommate slept.
Newton hung upside down from the top bunk and gazed at his roommate, Higgy, who was oozing out of bed. His gooey green body, made entirely out of protoplasm, was tucked inside a pair of flannel pajamas with rubber chicken drawings on them.
In the “real” world Mark Young makes a living as a multiple Emmy winner who has written and produced the animated TV shows for Netflix, Disney, Nick Jr., ABC, CBS, and NBC. However, in his “inner” world, Mark believes that Franken-Sci High isn’t actually his creation but a real school where budding mad scientists learn how to create synthetic eyeballs, travel to different dimensions, try gravity gum, and design inflatable pets. Mark lives in Southern California with his wife. Between them, they have four amazing kids. More about Mark at MarkYoung.co.
Mariano Epelbaum is an illustrator and character designer form Buenos Aires. He enjoys trying different styles of illustration, as he is inspired by each project he works on. Mariano worked as art director and character designer on the animated movie Underdogs. He has published books in the US, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. When he’s not working, he likes playing with his two daughters, watching movies, and going for outdoor walks. Visit him online at Mariano.ArtStation.com.