Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Inventors at No. 8 by A. M. Morgen

Just how far would you ride on a mechanical bird that can really fly?  George is still trying to decide that...

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on May 8th.

This story is great fun.  The girl across the street is a great inventor, has lots of imagination and tells good tales.  She says she's telling the truth but not everything is the true.  When a man tries to rob George of his last asset in life, a map from his grandfather, her mechanical raven saves him.  The raven also takes the map and that's how he meets Ada.  He likes her but he's not sure he trusts her.  And then there are her companions.  She has a small boy named Oscar who has been separated from his father and an orangutan.  They are strange and act that way.

He just wants to stay home in his house because he feels like he owns bad luck.  Everyone in his life has died except his servant and he's afraid to venture out.  Ada doesn't care.  She need his map and his help to find her own father and the Star of Victory that George's grandfather had hidden.

They travel to foreign lands, run into police and pirates and still can't find the star.  This is a great adventure with lots of antics that make you laugh (a police man who sniffs out his prey), a jail that blows up, a pirate looking for a lost son, and more.  It's a great adventure and really fun to read.  The best part is that Ada is thinking about another adventure even if George is still trying to get over the last one...

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Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land by Mirelle Ortega

Magic can be good or bad depending on the circumstances. Harry M Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has ...