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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: The Questioneers, Book 2

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Scientific thinking saves the day in funny, kind adventure.

Book Andrea Beaty Science 2019
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Author Andrea Beaty makes science come alive for young readers in a way that combines complex principles, new terms, and funny adventures. Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants puts science at the center of the story in a way that encourages readers to learn the new and advanced vocabulary words sprinkled throughout, and to try to figure out how Ada will help Ned before she figures it out herself. Ada's family and friends (mostly) love her obsession with testing and experimenting, and there are some nice moments when Ada's brain moves so much faster than her mouth and she remembers how important it is to take time to explain herself logically -- as her mom says, to "start from the start."

It may seem out of balance that the plot's zany premise is set against such a large amount of hard science, but that's quickly forgotten amid the fun story and vibrant characters.

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