Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published September 15th.
They find themselves in a contest they didn't intend to enter thanks to the Mom who gave him the egg to watch. She's not feeling well and goes to lay down. He and his friend plan to fail the first round and quit, but Mom assigned the neighbor lady to keep an eyeball on him, so that's out.
They go through the tests until there is only one left to do. Then the tournament is stopped because the prize has gone missing. Not only that, the gem that was on display is gone, too.
Can two young penguins save the day? It's not looking good when they find the egg is missing, too. Where could that have gone, it was in his backpack.
Not to worry. It all gets sorted out. But it takes a mastodon to give them an edge.
This is an exciting and entertaining middle school read. Share it with the reader in your life.