Help me find a kids book

My nephew is turning 9 in a couple of weeks, and I want to get him a book that I enjoyed when I was his age. The book(s?) is a collection of short stories involving a group of smart, if nerdy, kids in a small town, who pull some crazy, and a couple times heroic, stunts. Some of their hijinks include:

-Placing a manikin on top of a tower with speakers inside, and using it to insult various townspeople, then blowing a weather balloon when rescuers come up after it and floating it away.

-Building a ‘loch ness monster’ on top of a boat and convincing the townsfolk the lake by the town has a giant serpent living in it.

-Finding and rescuing a downed pilot from a nearby air force base

-Building a helium balloon and competing in a balloon race.

Hmm. I recall their being more, but sadly I think time has taken its toll, as that is all I remember of it now. Perhaps if one of you can help me with the title, I will have to reread before I give it to him. Please help!

The Mad Scientist’s Club
Thanks for reminding me of it!

Woo! Dope to the rescue! Thank you very much SixSwordS. He’ll(hopefully) enjoy the hell out of this. If nothing else, I can at least do the same. :slight_smile:

Those books sound like a perfect Christmas gift for my smart, nerdy, and mischievous nine year old! Thanks for the heads up, CutterJohn.

I’ve already ordered A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson:

I loved sharing tidbits of the adult version of this book with my son, so I think he’ll enjoy having this children’s version to read. You might wish to check it out, too.