So what if Toby Turtletaub is smart? His family is cursed. No Turtletaub has ever kept a job, or lived in a town, for more than a few weeks. By the time his dad moves the family to Burdock Falls, Toby can’t even remember the last ten schools he attended, but he can name all 118 atomic elements and their properties.
So when he’s declared a science god by the entire school, it’s the first time in his life Toby hasn’t felt like a loser. Too bad by the time he returns home from school, his dad has already lost his job.
But Toby doesn’t want to move. Ever. Luckily, the know-it-all girl next door, Riley Cobb has an answer. Using Toby’s vast knowledge of science, Riley’s Electronic Pocket Encyclopedia, and piece of a black hole purchased online, they build a lunch box time machine to zap them centuries into the past where they can change the history of the Turtletaub family – or at least grab a fortune in pirate treasure.
Unfortunately, the treasure they discover comes with a bloodthirsty Captain Kidd. And he’s a buccaneer with a bad case of gas who is determined to follow them home.
Children aged 9-13