The Secret of the Magic eyePad

Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures–Book 1

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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024

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She dreams of becoming an inventor. First, she has to survive middle school…

Putney Hicks just wants things to go right for once. A socially awkward girl dropped among rich kids in an experimental STEM institution, the anxious twelve-year-old can’t seem to see her own potential. But life sprinkles in a surprise when she receives a mysterious tablet housing an advanced, talkative intelligence.

Wondering if the friendly pixie in the device is alien or supernatural, Putney is determined to keep it safe while exploring its possibilities. But when competitive art and science projects lead to an ill-advised bet with a wealthy mean girl, the would-be engineer may be in way over her head.

Will Putney’s mysterious new mentor help her make it through her first week in class?

The Secret of the Magic eyePad is the award-winning first book in the Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures middle grade series. If you like girls in STEM, preteen drama, and clever innovations, then you’ll love Marsha Tufft’s lighthearted tale.

Buy The Secret of the Magic eyePad to click through to fabulous fun today!

2021 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal

2023 Wishing Shelf Book Awards - Silver Medal

2023 Moonbeam Book Awards - Silver Medal

She dreams of becoming an inventor. First, she has to survive middle...


Advance Praise

"“A gem of a novel with a strong, determined protagonist. Children will love it!” The Wishing Shelf

REVIEW

I have enjoyed several book by Marsha Tufft over the last few weeks, and I think this is the best of them. The book´s star is Putney, a girl who´s a bit awkward but also happens to be very, very smart. When she attends a STEM school, life is, well, difficult. But when she´s sent a (very cool) gift, she´s determined to outsmart her rival/enemy – and the gift might just help!

I thought this novel for 9 – 12 year olds was a joy. Not only is it a thrilling adventure, it´s also wonderful for developing a child´s problem solving skills. Written in the first person from the POV of Putney, the reader will get to follow this determined girl as she attempt to solve all sorts of problems and invent a new product. It is that element of the story along with the accessible and lively writing style that will make this novel a HUGE hit with young readers.

I´d like to end on what I liked best with this book. Well, it has to be Putney. She´s such a strong character; the sort who´s determined to find answers no matter how challenging it is. In this world of `Google knows everything´, I thought she was totally refreshing; the sort of protagonist young readers will want to follow, just to find out what she gets up to next!

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"“A gem of a novel with a strong, determined protagonist. Children will love it!” The Wishing Shelf

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I have enjoyed several book by Marsha Tufft over the last few weeks, and I think this is the...


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This is a really fun book for readers around seven and up. I found the book so much fun, and it reminded me of books I enjoyed at that age. Putney Hicks is moving community and school, and just wants to fit in. Her previous teacher sends her a big present, from this book we don’t know why. But this present will change her life in so many positive ways. The author is an engineer, and she has created Putney as a STEM ambassador not just for girls, but boys too. Putney uses problem solving skills to design and improve her school work projects. This a standalone book, but there are more books in the series. Thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for the ARC. The views expressed are all mine, freely given.

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This is a very cool book it makes me want a magic iPad that can do secret stuff I will let other know about it too thank you for sharing it so I can read it

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

3.5 rounded up to 4/5

Marsha Tufft's "The Secret of the Magic eyePad: Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures-Book 1" takes readers on a charming journey into the world of a socially awkward twelve-year-old with dreams of becoming an inventor. Set against the backdrop of an experimental STEM institution, the story unfolds with the promise of a cute middle-grade adventure that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

The protagonist, Putney Hicks, finds herself navigating the challenges of middle school life among affluent peers. Her anxieties are compounded when she receives a mysterious tablet containing an advanced, talkative intelligence. This unexpected twist sets the stage for a tale of self-discovery and exploration of Putney's untapped potential.

One of the book's strengths lies in its focus on STEM subjects, offering young readers an engaging way to connect with science and technology. The setting, described as an experimental STEM institution, allows for numerous opportunities for Putney to interact with nature, adding a delightful layer to the narrative.

However, the novel does have its shortcomings. The promised prominence of the "Magic eyePad" in the title seems somewhat misleading, as its role in the story appears to be less central than expected. While the tablet is a catalyst for Putney's adventures, its significance takes a backseat to the interpersonal conflicts she faces, primarily with a wealthy mean girl.

The lack of a strong overarching conflict is another drawback. The narrative seems to be a collection of subplots rather than a cohesive storyline. Putney's challenges with her classmates, particularly the ill-advised bet with the mean girl, become the primary focus, overshadowing the potential for a more profound exploration of the eyePad's capabilities and the development of Putney's inventive skills.

Despite these shortcomings, "The Secret of the Magic eyePad" remains an enjoyable read for its target audience. The characters are endearing, and the emphasis on STEM subjects provides educational value. Tufft's writing style is accessible and suitable for young readers, making it a promising start to the Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures series.

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This was a strong start to the Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures series, it had everything that I was looking for from the description. The characters were really well written and felt like they belonged in the world. I enjoyed the way Marsha Tufft wrote this and it left me wanting to read more in this series. It had a great mystery to it and had enjoyed the STEM elements.

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Thank you to NetGalley, BooksGoSocial, and Marsha Tufft for the opportunity to read The Secret of the Magic eyePad in exchange for an honest review.

The Secret of the Magic eyePad is the first novel in the Putney Hicks Inventor Adventures series, teasing a little bit of her next adventure at the end of the novel.

In a middle grade adventure, Putney is a girl who loves are and science. One day she receives a gift from a former teacher, and eyePad, she calls it, as it has an icon of an eye in the middle. Her eyePad seems to be of some sort of artificial intelligence, helping Putney develop her ideas.

Being at a STEM school, the classes are full of friendly competition, but one girl really has Putney running for her money. Putney won't allow herself to be put down. She just hopes the advice from her new artificial friend will be helpful and not harmful.

With fun illustrations and inventions throughout, this novel is a really fun adventure of a read for lovers of STEM and girls exploring STEM.

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I'm so excited about this spellbinding book! Putney Hicks is set down in a situation that is real life. We all, young,old,male and female can relate to her story. I highly recommend you read this one. A true delight! The story is awesome, characters are well developed and you're going to really enjoy this book. Thanks #Netgalley and #BooksGoSocial for the eARC in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Putney Hicks just wants things to go right for once. A socially awkward girl dropped among rich kids in an experimental STEM institution, the anxious twelve-year-old can’t seem to see her own potential.

Well done middle-grade/young YA novel. Don't name your kid Putney, though.

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A wondeful and adventorous journey following a strong girl and her AI companion as they work through issues and figure out how to get along at her new school. It gives me Nancy Drew energy! I loved it. I already recommended it to one of my students.

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