The Atomic Weight of Secrets Or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black

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Bancroft Press, Mar 1, 2011 - Fiction - 339 pages
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In 1903, five truly brilliant young inventors, the children of the world's most important scientists, went about their lives and their work as they always had. But all that changed the day the men in black arrived. They arrived to take twelve-year-old Jasper Modest and his six-year-old sister, Lucyhe with his remarkable creations and she with her perfect memoryfrom their London, England home to a place across the ocean they'd never seen before. They arrived to take nine-year-old Wallace Banneker, last in a long line of Africa-descended scientists, from his chemistry, his father, and his New York home to a life he'd never imagined. Twelve-year-old Noah Canto-Sagas, already missing his world-famous and beloved mother, was taken from Toronto, Canada, carrying only his clothes, his violin, and his remarkable mind. And thirteen-year-old Faye Vigyanveta, the genius daughter of India's wealthiest and most accomplished scientists, was removed by force from her life of luxury. From all across the world, they've been taken to mysterious Sole Manner Farm, and a beautiful but isolated schoolhouse in Dayton, Ohio, without a word from their parents as to why.Not even the wonderful schoolteacher they find there, Miss Brett, can explain it. She can give them love and care, but she can't give them answers. Things only get stranger from there. What is the book with no pages Jasper and Lucy find in their mother's underwear drawer, and why do the men in black want it so badly? How is it all the children have been taught the same bizarre poemand yet no other rhymes or stories their entire lives? And why haven't their parents tried to contact them? Whatever the reasons, to brash, impetuous Faye, the situation is clear: They and their parents have been kidnapped by these terrible men in black, and the only way they're going to escape and rescue their parents is by completing the invention they didn't even know they were all working onan invention that will change the world forever. But what if the men in black aren't trying to harm the children? What if they're trying to protect them? And if they're trying to protect themfrom what?An amazing story about the wonders of science and the still greater wonders of friendship, The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black, the first book of the Young Inventors Guild trilogy, is a truly original novel. Young readers will forever treasure Eden Unger Bowditch's funny, inventive, poignant, and wonderfully fun fiction debut.
 

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User Review  - JoePhelan - LibraryThing

A book about and for bright young people. Pleasantly reminded of _The Mysterious Benedict Society_. Will find it difficult to wait gracefully for the next installments. Read full review

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User Review  - A_Reader_of_Fictions - LibraryThing

This book reminded me from the first pages of the Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart (which incidentally are quite delightful). Although different in some aspects, they share the ... Read full review

Contents

NOTE TO READER
ONE DROP FROM DISASTER
MINDS OVER MATTER
A MODEST PROPOSAL
THE SCHOOL AT SOLE MANNER FARM
FAYES ABSOLUTELY PERFECT LIFE
IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN
BLACK HUMOR
LETTERS FROM NO ONE
FAYE TAKES HER SEAT
THE POWER OF FLIGHT
THE DISTURBING SUBSTITUTION
THE BIG UNLESS
FEARS OF FLYING
DECISIONS CAN BE RELATIVE
A BICYCLE BUILT FOR FIVE

THE SOPRANOS SON
THE BIG BLACK BARRIER
WEEKENDS IN THE MEADOW
SOMETHING RINGS A BELL FOR JASPER
ALL PLANS UP IN THE AIR
TELEPHONIC REASONING
A BRAIN FOR DR BANNEKER
THE GREEN BOOK SHARES A SECRET
LUCY TELLS A TAIL
AN APPLE FOR TEACHER
THE BACK OF KOMAR ROMAK
THE YOUNG INVENTORS ON THE MOVE
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Book Two
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Eden Unger Bowditch has been writing since she was very small-in fact, since she could use her brain to think of something to say. She wrote while attaining her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and she wrote songs as lead singer of the band Enormous. She has written stories and plays and shopping lists and screenplays and dreams and poems-and also books about her longtime Baltimore home. She has been a journalist, as well as a welder, and an editor. The Atomic Weight of Secrets is her first young adult novel, and she has been as excited writing it as she hopes you are reading it. Eden grew up in Chicago, and later lived both in Los Angeles and in Paris. She now lives with her family (husband and three children) in Cairo, Egypt. But that's another story entirely . . . Her wonderful website for the book is www.younginventorsguild.com.

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