Can a clever young inventor uncover a ruthless pirate’s heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees.
When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief — and guilt. It was a submarine of Fidelia’s invention that her parents were in when they died, and it was she who pressed them to stay out longer when the raging Undertow was looming. But Fidelia is forced out of her mourning when she’s kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of treasons stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor. But as Fidelia and the pirates close in on the prize, with the navy hot on their heels, she realizes that Merrick doesn’t expect to live long enough to enjoy his loot. Could something other than black-hearted greed be driving him? Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents — and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it’s too late?
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Lindsay Eagar is the author of the novel Hour of the Bees. She lives in the mountains of Utah with her husband and daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow. This novel exceeded my expectations. When I read the publisher's description of a "Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk," my interest was piqued but as I dove (pun intended) into the book, I found myself wrapped up in this tale. First off - the characters.: well-developed, multidimensional, and believable. The protagonist Fidelia is the quintessential heroine. She is smart, brave, and adventurous, but not without faults. Her Aunt Julia and friend Elle add to the story and their characters give it more depth (again pun intended). Merrick the Monstrous is a wonderful villain. The tale Edgar weaves of Fidelia racing to retrieve Merrick's treasure from the bottom of the sea will enchant and engage any reader. The fact that there is a hint of steampunk in there just adds to the vivid world Edgar has created in her novel. This was a joy to read. Please note I received a free review copy of this book.
I really loved this one! I want to see more girls like Fidelia in books - girls who invent things and love science and who learn that everyone has layers to their lives.