A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot

A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1: A Dastardly Plot

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A rip-roaring, hilarious alternate-history adventure starring the world's most famous inventors-and its most forgotten. From the author of the beloved Hero's Guide series, Christopher Healy.

It's 1883-the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a land of limitless opportunity.

And it all happens at the world famous Inventor's Guild headquarters in New York City-a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck can find you rubbing elbows with these gods of industry who will usher humanity into the future.

Unless, of course, you're a woman.

Molly Pepper, daughter of brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, lives with her mother in New York. By day, they make ends meet running a pickle shop; but by night, they toil and dream of Cassandra taking her place among the most famous inventors in America.

In an attempt to find a way to exhibit Cass's work at the World's Fair, they break into the Inventor's Guild, where they discover a mysterious plot to destroy New York.

The evidence points to the involvement of one of the world's most famous inventors, and now it's up to Molly, Cassandra, and a shop hand named Emmett Lee to uncover the truth-even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

"Christopher Healy, author of the Hero's Guide series, knows how to tell a good story. He's done it again with the adventures of a determined girl named Molly Pepper."-Brightly, Best Middle Grade Books of Fall 2018
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 31mm | 447g
  • Walden Pond Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062341979
  • 9780062341976
  • 1,234,681

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"A zany, rollicking series opener." - Kirkus Reviews

"Plot twists and banter hit at breakneck speeds in this heartfelt yet tongue-in-cheek look at the tumultuous Age of Invention, and its focus on two often marginalized groups-immigrants and women-allows for relevant social commentary." - Publishers Weekly

"Healy has created a steampunk-inspired alternative history featuring some of the greatest minds in invention (including a number of women) in this series opener. A solid choice for adventurous readers." - Booklist

"Christopher Healy, author of the Hero's Guide series knows how to tell a good story. He's done it again with the adventures of a determined girl named Molly Pepper." - Brightly
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About Christopher Healy

Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, as well as its two sequels, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw. 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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Rating details

284 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (73)
4 38% (109)
3 29% (81)
2 5% (15)
1 2% (6)
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