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The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon: The Expeditioners, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gripping adventure of intrepid siblings in steampunk world.

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Between Taylor's fast-moving, appealing tale and Katherine Roy's plentiful illustrations that bring the characters to life, this book has a lot to offer readers young and old. As the kids try to outrun and outwit their pursuers, all while dealing with dark caves, day-glo slugs, giant vultures, and other hazards, there's plenty of age-appropriate excitement.

There's also plenty of opportunity for readers to consider ethical issues -- the destruction of cultures and the theft of their resources by "explorers," cruel exploitation of animals, and the value of loyal friends. Plus the intriguing notion that maps are always wrong because they depict only what we already know about. The book's ending leaves readers wanting more, resolving some issues and setting up further adventures.

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