Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Slimed!

Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Gets Slimed!

Illustrated by: Preston McDaniels
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Phineas L. MacGuire—a.k.a. Mac—aims to be the best fourth-grade scientist ever. It’s a tall order, but he’s confident that he can achieve his goal, especially since Aretha has asked him to help her earn a Girl Scout badge by creating the mold that produces penicillin. How many fourth graders can say they’ve reproduced penicillin? None, as far as Mac knows. And who knows more about mold than Mac? But soon Mac is busy managing Ben’s campaign for class president and dealing with his weird new babysitter. How can he focus on mold?
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442406650 | 
  • June 2010 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 870
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chapter one

My name is Phineas Listerman MacGuire.

Most people call me Mac.

My Sunday-school teacher and my pediatrician call me Phineas.

A few people, mostly my great-uncle Phil and his cockatiel, Sparky, call me Phin.

Nobody calls me Listerman.

Nobody.

I mean not one single person.

Everybody got that?

I am currently in the fourth grade at Woodbrook Elementary School. On the first day of school my teacher, Mrs. Tuttle, asked us to write down our number one, two, and three goals for the year. Here is what I wrote:

  1. To be the best fourth-grade scientist...
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