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A Dastardly Plot: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Zany retro adventure tackles discrimination, evil schemes.

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Christopher Healy launches a wild new series set in 1883 New York, with two resourceful 12-year-olds trying to save the world from wacky inventors. Or maybe help the inventors save the world. The orphan police, the immigration authorities, and two warring gangs of inept criminals add to the craziness, as do a society of (unsung) women inventors and the kids' other allies in foiling A Dastardly Plot. Not all readers will have the patience for all the looniness, with a side of social justice, but there are some great moments setting the stage for future plot developments.

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