Published by Walden Pond Press on November 5, 2019
After saving New York by thwarting Ambrose Rector’s dastardly plot to control the minds of everyone at the 1883 World’s Fair, Molly Pepper and Emmett Lee thought they’d have it made. They were heroes, after all. But if someone saves the world and there’s no one around who remembers it, did it really happen?
Now Molly, Emmett, and Molly’s mother, Cassandra, are left to prove themselves once again. And they aim to do it with an achievement that no one could ignore or forget: winning the race that has captured the attention of the world, to be the first people to find the South Pole. But despite their one-of-a-kind ship, their can-do attitude, and the help of a determined young journalist named Nellie Bly, the path to the Pole is not without its challenges—or its terrors. It is the path Emmett’s father took when he led an expedition to Antarctica on behalf of Mr. Alexander Graham Bell—the expedition in which Mr. Lee and his entire crew were killed. Does death await our heroes on these treacherous seas?
Molly and Emmett embark on a second adventure in this serious of perilous journeys and this time they hit the high seas! Before they get there, they must first endure a mother trying to be a mother instead of an inventor, and many of their dreams being foiled. To add to the adventure is a new character, Nellie Bly who at first seems more involved in wanting to report rather than help be apart of their adventure. She is after the story of the century but doesn’t necessarily want to be apart of it herself, even if she is forced into it. Their adventure brings them to the South Pole, where Emmett’s father was abandoned to his death, a story Molly has revealed and caused a strain on their relationship.
Our villain is the same as the first book, who seems craftier than ever and seems to have a scheme upon scheme to get what he desires, but what lies in Antarctica and why does he want it so badly? There’s some great twists and turns, some quirky villains, some interesting beard moments and lovable Robot moments. I really enjoyed the struggles all the characters had to endure throughout this book – like trying to be a real parent, dealing with a breach in trust, and going outside your comfort zone. I love that none of the characters give up and believe in each other even when times get hard.
Verdict: A great follow up adventure, with wonderful inventions, terrifying moments and extreme love and friendship that saves the day.
Christopher Healy is the author of the novels A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, its two sequels, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw and the picture book This Is Not That Kind Of Book. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an actor, an ad copywriter, a toy store display designer, a fact-checker, a dishwasher, a journalist, a costume shop clothing stitcher, a children’s entertainment reviewer, and a haunted house zombie. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. You can visit him online at www.christopherhealy.com
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