How to Test a Friendship (Magnificent Makers #1)

by Theanne Griffith (Author) Reggie Brown (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

BOOM! SNAP! WHIZ! ZAP! The Magnificent Makers series is filled with science, adventure, and characters that readers will love! A modern-day Magic School Bus for chapter book readers!

Violet and Pablo are best friends who love science! So when they discover a riddle that opens a magic portal in the Science Space at school, they can't wait to check it out! Along with their new classmate, Deepak, the friends discover a magical makerspace called the Maker Maze. It's a laboratory full of robots, 3D printers, an antigravity chamber, and more. Doors line the walls of the makerspace, with a new science adventure waiting behind each one. With the help of a hilarious and odd scientist, the Magnificent Makers embark on out-of-this-world adventures that help them master the science concepts they are learning in school.

This series will cover several scientific topics (at an age-appropriate level) ranging from human biology to ecology, while also exploring issues such as managing failure, teamwork, courage, and jealousy.

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Kirkus Reviews

An educational and entertaining series opener.


Fun and relatable as well as educational.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—Pablo and Violet are best friends. When new student Deepak joins their duo, Pablo isn't so sure he likes the competition as Violet's best friend. The three are grouped together for a science project, and before long, they're whisked away to a magical Maker Maze run by the eccentric Dr. Crisp. The three must work together to complete three levels of the maze, and to cement their friendship as a trio, before time runs out. This series is great for kids who are looking for an adventure that isn't scary. The science theme is fun, educational, and age-appropriate for the intended audience. The cartoonish illustrations pair well with the text and add context and emotion to the plot. VERDICT Fans of "The Magic School Bus" series will enjoy this as a step up in reading level with a similar theme. A recommended purchase for public and school libraries.—Jessica Trafton, Skidompha Lib., Damariscotta, ME

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Theanne Griffith
Theanne Griffith, PhD, can't get you into the Maker Maze (only Dr. Crisp can do that). But she can tell you a lot of cool science facts. She is a brain scientist by day (no, she's not a zombie) and a storyteller by night. She loves tinkering in the lab as much as she loves writing children's books. She lives in California with her family and three cats. Visit her online at or on Twitter at @doctheagrif.
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Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 19, 2020
Magnificent Makers
BISAC categories
JUV036000 - Juvenile Fiction | Science & Technology
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Library of Congress categories

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