Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Peter Lerangis
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
When Max’s parents leave to start his mother's cancer treatments, Max’s cousin Alex is put in charge. But as soon as Alex arrives, she and Max uncover a mountain of unpaid bills that will lead to eviction. Desperately searching the house for items to sell, Alex and Max find a lost manuscript left by their famous ancestor, Jules Verne. The manuscript reveals that Verne hid treasure for his descendants. Max and Alex team up with a millionaire, Spencer Niemand, to pursue the clues. Niemand double-crosses Max and Alex, but his deception leads the cousins to the Verne’s treasure and the stranded Nautilus.
Lerangis proves he is a master of middle-grade fantasy with his heart-racing new series based on the works of Jules Verne. Lerangis weaves a unique twist to this tantalizing tale by making the fantastical technology Verne described in his stories real. Lerangis plunges Verne’s legends into a modern story. The adventure is told through the synesthesia-suffering intelligent tween Max and his spunky, courageous cousin Alex. Readers will cheer on the cousins as they piece together Verne’s puzzles while avoiding doom, gloom, and bad smells. This is a great series for new or seasoned Verne fans ages twelve and up.