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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: "The Querulous Effect" by Arkay Jones

Enthusiastic young assistant to help with top secret experiments
Must like animals – and insects
Must be fast worker and team player

When Jay, on holiday in 'boring' Frimpton, sees an advertisement seeking a young assistant to help with 'top secret experiments', he could never have guessed that it will lead him on a quest that will take him from rural England to deep within the Arctic Circle.

Along the way, Jay meets Professor Theobald Ricardo and makes new friends, the studious Tim and Ella with her faithful terrier, Chip. Together, the three children encounter a range of engaging characters and face many exciting and scary experiences. As problems mount from the Professor’s secret experiments they leave the safety of England in an attempt to solve the mystery of the Querulous Effect.

*(summary courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review:
A cute, children's adventure story demonstrating that not all new discoveries are without danger.  The characters were endearing, and even the antagonist (who later becomes a protagonist) is as well. The adventure was nice, however I don't know how they traveled to Iceland and Greenland without their parents noticing (mine would). The ending was ambiguous which made it all the better. I learned a little more in the science area thanks to this book. The title is peculiar, and upon reading the book I understood the significance of it.

117 pages
Published June 25th 2014 by Matador

Rating:  🔔🔔🔔🔔

Recommend?  For all children

(ARC courtesy of Net Galley and Matador Publishing)


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