Mal is a kid genius with a talking dog . . . so why doesn't anyone seem to tice him? Poor Mal. It's t easy being a kid genius who wears a lab coat to school ( It's t a bathrobe! ). Megan, his t-so-secret crush, has formed a club that has a -boys-allowed policy - especially t Mal, who would do anything to feel like he belongs. Fortunately, Mal always has Chad, his talking dog. When Chad begins having scary dreams, Mal builds a dream portal to defeat Chad's nightmare beast once and for all. Something goes wrong, though, and the beast follows Mal back to reality. Now Megan and her friends are in danger . . . but Mal is there to come to the rescue, showing that, just maybe, he's someone to pay attention to. With kid-friendly humor and a deft touch, Stephen McCranie continues his breakthrough series perfect for any kid who's one book away from either Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Stephen McCranie (www.malandchad.com) lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.