|Unexplainable disappearance of Mars Patel (Mars Patel)|
Author: Chari, Sheela
Mars Patel's friend Aurora has disappeared! His teachers are clueless. His mom is stressed out about her jobs. But Mars refuses to give up--after all, his own dad disappeared when Mars was a toddler, before he and Ma moved to Puget Sound from India. Luckily, Mars has a group of loyal friends eager to help. The clues seem to point toward eccentric tech genius (and Mars's hero) Oliver Pruitt. But when the friends investigate Pruitt's mysterious, elite school, nothing is as it seems.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.20
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 510963
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School Library Journal - 08/01/2020 Gr 3–7—Strange things are afoot at H.G. Wells Middle School in the days leading up to the mandatory exam that determines entrance to the prestigious Pruitt Prep. First, sixth-grader Mars Patel's friend Aurora disappears without a trace. Then Oliver Pruitt, the Steve Jobs–like inventor and founder of Pruitt Prep, announces on his podcast, "Something BIG is going to happen." The next thing he knows, Mars is hiding in the janitor's closet during a Code Red lockdown. Undeterred by his mother's pleas that he behave and his principal's threats of expulsion, Mars and his friends embark on a quest to find their missing friend and get to the bottom of the enigma that is Oliver Pruitt. Interweaving podcast transcripts, instant message threads, emails and newspaper stories, Chari deftly constructs a mystery that is strong in both plot and character. Mars's friend group is as diverse as their unique abilities, and their teamwork and loyalty are unshakable. VERDICT Based on the Peabody Award–winning podcast, fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner and Stranger Things will clamor for more of Mars Patel.—Dana West, Roosevelt H.S., Seattle - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.