Monday, April 1, 2013

Lenny Cyrus, School Virus

Lenny Cyrus, School Virus
By Joe Schreiber; illus. by Matt Smith
288 pages, ages 9 – 12
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013

Lenny Cyrus is 13. He’s also a genius. So when he decides that the way to a girl’s heart is to know what she’s thinking, he takes action. Nano-tech action. It may not be ethical, safe, or sane, but Lenny’s chosen course is to shrink himself to the size of an amoeba and get inside Zooey. His goal: her brain.

Turns out, girls are just as hard to understand from the inside as they are from the outside. Not only that, there are so many obstacles – like the semitransparent jelly-bean-looking thing with a flagella whipping back and forth who challenges Lenny for his digestive system pass.

Lenny hooks up with an astrovirus who serves as a guide, figures out how to cross the blood-brain barrier, and basically wreaks havoc and near destruction on his one true love all in the name of science…. or at least middle-school romance.

This book is funny – and I love the way Schreiber (he’s the author) tosses in caffeine molecular chemistry, osmoreceptors, limbic systems and Planck’s Constant.  A perfect April Fool’s read but for one thing: it isn’t released until tomorrow. No fooling.
 This is part of the Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday round-up. Check out more great reading here. Review copy from publisher.


  1. Sci fi and romance-- say no more! I have this one on reserve at the public library!

  2. Ha! I love the sound of this. I need to check it out.

  3. This sounds fun! How awesome that it comes out tomorrow. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :) Great review!

  4. This sounds hilarious! What could be better than science and humor? Thanks for the review.

  5. Oh, dear! This sounds hilarious. I'll have to watch for it at the library.