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Secrets of the Dragon Tomb: Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

High-spirited, funny steampunk adventure on Mars.

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Mars has fascinated writers from H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury to Edgar Rice Burroughs, and this fast, funny, and fantastical steampunk romp finds new life on the Red Planet. Author Peter Samphire uses some of the trappings of old-fashioned science fiction to power his plot, but the narrative is anything but musty, dashing from one hair-raising incident to another with verve and wit.

Jeremy Holmes' black-and-white illustrations add an extra dollop of good-natured wackiness. SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB will capture the imaginations of middle-grade readers eager for a sci-fi series that feels both unique and familiar.

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