by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
From the duo responsible for the Peter & the Starcatchers books (which has apparently now become a play), Science Fair is my latest excuse to read Dave Barry (not that I need one), what now seems like a precursor to the direction he and Pearson took the Starcatcher books in Sword of Mercy, which I read last fall, dragging the action into the present. Barry recently co-wrote Lunatics with Alan Zweibel, his latest attempt to transition from humor columnist into a full-fledged career in books. I've always believed in him (Big Trouble was brilliant), but his chances at becoming the new Mark Twain may be permanently mired in his perpetually juvenile instincts. This is not a bad thing, though. Of all the people who've believed they know what being a juvenile adult means in today's pop culture, he's still the one who best knows what exactly that means. I guess I'll soon know if Science Fair illustrates this point, too.