Monday, June 11, 2007

Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll

I recommend this book for: middle school and high school

Doug and Becca have been shuffled from one relative to another since their parents mysteriously disappeared, but they've always left on bad terms - this precocious duo have interests in fencing, science, and very dirty socks. When they board their uncle's ship in 1920, they expect to see some of the world. They don't intend to get wrapped up in secret societies, battles with Chinese pirates, or scientists wanted for murder - but that is exactly what happens. Their uncle is a member of the Honorable Guild of Specialists, scientists sworn to protect a deadly secret. The Guild seems to be their destiny as well, but Becca and Doug have other plans.

The coolest thing about this book was the format - the narrative was interspersed with excerpts from Becca's diary and Doug's sketchbook, as well as fold-out technical drawings of the various gadgets they encounter and photos.

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