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Charlie Thorne and the Lost City: Charlie Thorne, Book 2

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fast, fun tale of young genius chasing Darwin's dark secret.

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This complex, fast-paced adventure increases its intensity by combining tons of detail about the Amazon's history and biodiversity with the decisions of a stubborn, fearless preteen genius. Charlie Thorne and the Lost City is a riveting mystery wrapped in the dangerous antics of 12-year old Charlie, whose cheerful defiance is a delight to read. The details about the Amazon basin are seamlessly woven throughout the story and never seem unnecessary, and the fictional interpretation of Darwin's travels can set readers' imaginations in motion.

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