Start this book when you have a nice block of time because you won’t want to put it down. The action starts very close to the beginning and is non-stop to the very end. This is an action movie blockbuster on paper.
Tane and Rebecca receive a mysterious coded message. What first appear to be random numbers turn out to be the winning numbers in the lottery! Who sent them the prize-winning numbers? Why didn’t the person just play the numbers themselves?
More messages come. Tane and Rebecca realize that the message are coming from themselves…from the future! The lotto numbers are one thing, but when one of the messages includes an SOS the kids realize that the future of the world just might lay in their own hands. Can they decipher the messages and save the world, and themselves, before it is too late?
Computers, high speed chases, science gone wrong, night vision goggles, scuba gear, a submarine, biohazard suits, a super virus, military special forces…it’s all in here. I’m usually not a big fan of time travel stories, but I liked this one a lot. It it a wild ride and it has several “makes the hair on your arms stand up” moments too. Author: Brian Falkner
Dr. Spartacus Wilde is super handsome, super athletic, super strong, super smart and has super gadgets. What a fun guy to have for a dad! He’s like Indiana Jones and the Dad from the Spy Kids movies all rolled into one. 12 year-old Brian and 10 year-old Wren are Dr. Wilde’s lucky kids. To be a Wilde is to love adventure and danger. The kids’ house is even set up for adventure with slides and zip lines, advanced computer equipment and more.
When their Grandpa (another adventure loving Wilde) disappears in South America, the family is quickly on the case. There is nothing this family can’t do, including confronting the alien frogs of doom! Author: Tim Byrd Series: Doc Wilde This is the first – more are on the way!
Julian Rodriguez has had it with his mission on earth. “Outrageous! That is the only word that can possibly describe the treatment I have received on this pathetic little planet!…For eight long years I have been disguised as an Earth juvenile. I have never complained, despite the mistreatment, deprivation, insults, and disrespect I have endured at the hands of these primitive life-forms. But this is the last straw!” Yes, he just can’t stand another day of standardized tests, carrot stick snacks and no cartoons. This time, his maternal unit (mother) has gone too far. She has actually insisted that he “dispose of a large canister filled with humanoid refuse.” Yes, now she’s really done it, his spaceman temper is really hot – she’s demanded that he take out the trash! If you’ve ever felt mistreated, overworked, and direspected, Julian knows what you mean. And in the end, he’ll make you laugh so much you forget about it! Author: Alexander Stadler
STORM (Society to Over-Rule Misery) is a group of kids brought together by 14 year-old Andrew, a computer genius and software designing multimillionaire. Andrew’s vision is for STORM to use science & technology to make the world a better place…even though the members are all kids. Andrew has recruited Will, an inventor whose specialty is cutting-edge gadgets, Gaia, a brilliant chemist who speaks several different languages, and Caspian, a brilliant astro physicist.
With the latest computer technology at their fingertips, the kids uncover a plan that involves the building of a top secret weapon. Who is building it, and why? Using their brains, their gadgets and their trust in each other, the kids race to find and dismantle the weapon while trying to figure out who is behind the sinister plot.
The author, E.L. Young, a science writer for New Scientist magazine, puts a lot high-tech gadgetry in the story. What’s interesting is that she bases these gadgets on genuine research, inventions & patents. At the end of the book she explains the science and gadgets she has used in STORM. It’s hard to believe some of the things are actually real!
The author says “I wanted to write an exciting story about characters that might in other circumstances be dismissed as nerds. Science isn’t often seen as particularly glamorous. And yet it’s transforming lives all the time, and the biggest threats facing the world today—climate change, water shortages, bio-terror attacks, and so on—need scientific heroes to overcome them.” Author: E.L. Young
If you are a fan of Alex Rider, Artemis Fowl, or H.I.V.E. – give STORM a try. The STORM kids also appear in STORM The Ghost Machine.
While their rambling space station home is being renovated, Art, Myrtle and their 4 million year-old space alien Mom accept an invitation to a vacation resort located out in the far reaches of the universe. The resort, it’s guests and the resort’s owner are not at all what they first appear. Creepy attack puppets, aliens disquised as hats that attach to your head and control your every thought, a maniac evil genius bent on dominating the universe…the usual for Art and Myrtle. Luckily, their favorite space pirate Jack Havock is at the resort too, undercover and ready for action. If you haven’t read Larklight, read it first, then read Starcross – you will be happy to know that a third book called Mothstorm is on the way (Oct. 14, 2008), and that the series has been optioned for a movie. Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: David Wyatt