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The Copernicus Legacy, Book 1: The Forbidden Stone

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Complex globetrotting mystery has science, history, puzzles.

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There's a whole lot going on in THE FORBIDDEN STONE, even just to set up the story. How do you get a professor, his son, his stepson, his niece, and their brainy friend who luckily knows a handful of languages all on a plane to Berlin to begin with? And then how do you keep them going when things get really dangerous? The professor's efforts to whisk them to safety seem half-hearted. And how do you take some pretty complex puzzles and make just the right string of conclusions the first time, every time? (Every once in a while you need a red herring.) Also, while we're at it, how would a fencing school race the kids to safety with exactly the equipment they needed immediately on-hand -- such as military-grade encrypted phones -- to keep the organization of supervillains off their trail?

Everything has to click into place too conveniently to keep such a complex story moving. But does The Forbidden Stone need to be that complex right out of the gate? The next 11 books planned for the series offer plenty of pages to build on. Despite some plotting issues, kids who love mystery, travel, word puzzles, and scientific discovery will be drawn to this series immediately.

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