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 Expeditioners and the secret of King Triton's lair (Expeditioners)
 Author: Taylor, Sarah Stewart

 Publisher:  McSweeney's McMullens (2014)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 391 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 840212 ISBN: 9781940450209
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Siblings -- Fiction
 School stories
 Explorers -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Fantasy fiction

Price: $6.50

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous--and presumed dead--explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

 Illustrator: Roy, Katherine
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 177627

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2014 Gr 4–7—In a world with unusual countries and lands, and a slightly evil tyrannical government in control, Kit West, along with his brilliant and mechanically inclined sister, M. K., and charming animal-loving brother Zander, is settling into life at the Academy—the training school for BNDL government explorers. Kit finds himself increasingly alone and soon follows the clues to another mysterious map left by his father, a famous explorer who disappeared. Beginning to realize that his father was part of a secret, and illegal, mapmaking society, Kit convinces his siblings and their adventurous friend, Sukey, to propose an expedition to explore King Neptune's Lair, the place Kit believes is indicated on the map. This mysterious location had swallowed ships for centuries in a Bermuda Triangle-like way and is full of danger, as well as rumored oil. Their expedition is sponsored by the government at the annual Announcement Banquet but the leader chosen is their archenemy. After being shipwrecked on an apparently deserted island with vicious attack eels, Kit finds a giant telepathic sea turtle who carries him inside its shell to a secret underwater city and a carefully guarded map made of shells. This is an exciting second installment that leaves the door wide open for book three. The characters continue to develop and grow, realistic in their sibling and friendship relationships. It is a unique adventure series that certainly fits into the steampunk genre, but plows its own course with mystery, suspense, and a well-thought out plot. Maps and detailed grayscale drawings throughout give enough of a taste to feed reader's imaginations.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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