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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 4n/a3.945331

Jody Feldman's popular, award-winning novel about a group of kids playing the Gollywhopper Games—the fiercest toy company competition in the country—will appeal to fans of The Amazing Race and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

Gil Goodson has been studying, training, and preparing for months to compete in the Gollywhopper Games. Everything is at stake. Once Gil makes it through the tricky preliminary rounds and meets his teammates in the fantastical Golly Toy and Game Company, the competition gets tougher. Brainteasers, obstacle courses, mazes, and increasingly difficult puzzles and decisions—not to mention temptations, dilemmas, and new friends (and enemies)—are all that separate Gil from ultimate victory. An interactive and inventive page-turner perfect for young readers who love to solve puzzles!

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on March 4, 2008 by Greenwillow Books
ISBN-10: 0061214507
ISBN-13: 9780061214509
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  • cami4
    cami4Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:07 am55 stars
    oh,my gosh. this book is so amazing, i recommend it to everybody out there, including puzzle solvers. this book is about a boy who's dad got accused of steeling from the gollywopper biz. their family is kinda poor, then an oppertunity comes along!!!!!!!!!! he can play in the gollywopper games!!!! throughout the book he is figuring out puzzle,riddle and mazes. the winner gets a huge prize!!!!! then theres a big twist one you would most likely never guess. so pick up this book and read it i know you will like it!!!!
    • roxbooker
      roxbookerTuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm55 stars
      I read this book because my friend recommended it. it was fun.
      • evharte
        evharteSunday, September 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm55 stars
        When Gil's dad is falsely accused of stealing money at a toy company, Gil gets mad. Really mad. And when his dad's ex-company hosts a competition to win a whole lot of money, this seems like the perfect chance for Gil to get revenge. But it won't be easy. Gil has to work faster than star-student Lavinia, outsmart Rocky and Thorn, a pair of cheaters up to no good, and convince everyone that he's playing fair. This book also lets the reader solve the same puzzles that Gil does. See if you can solve them faster than he can! Are you ready? Because the Gollywhopper Games is about to start!
        • kattykat
          kattykatMonday, March 19, 2012 at 10:10 am55 stars
          i am getting my sister to read it she is in 3 grade it is challenging to her and 308 pages will be the longest book she has ever read i read it last year it was kinda easy for me i can tell why it was a sunhine state book i am talking about the book alot to my sister to make sure she understands it it will bring her up to another reading level