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The Treacherous Seas: A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween heroes fight discrimination, monsters in fun sequel.

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Alexander Graham Bell finds unlikely allies against a supervillain in this thrilling tale full of wacky Victorian technology, sea monsters, pirates, and exotic adventure. Tweens Molly and Emmett and Molly's much-uncredited inventor mom find their world-saving work in Book 1 left a lot of problems unsolved. Now, they've taken to The Treacherous Seas in pursuit of Ambrose Rector, who's still at large, still in pursuit of a superweapon, and still perfectly willing to betray, imprison, murder, or whatever it takes to get it. Author Christopher Healy offers irresistible characters, vocabulary-enhancing language, heartstring-tugging situations, and plenty of hilarious moments, as here, when our heroes, making a stop in Barbados en route to Antarctica, get unexpected assistance from the daughter of a local bandleader:

"'I can help you,' Cecelia said, her voice somewhere between concerned and thrilled. 'Wait here.' She ran back to her house. Molly figured she'd gone home to change out of her donkey costume, but she returned three minutes later wearing it. Although she now also had two drums slung around her neck.

"'I'm sorry, how does this help?' Emmett asked.

"'Distraction!' Cecelia said. 'Do they not use distraction to accomplish sneaky business in New York?'"

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