Atomic Weight of Secrets by Eden Unger Bowditch
Copy Courtesy of NetGalley and Bancroft Press
Release Date: March 15, 2011
Five brilliant children are taken by a whole host of men in black and taken to a farm. They are placed in the care of a teacher and nannies. Their parents are missing, and the children debate what they need to do to escape and find them.
The kids are an amusing lot, and I seem to have a certain fondness for genius children so I enjoyed that part. I have to admit that I even found some of the more melodramatic characterizations of the kids amusing. There's also quite a bit of teaching about history which I thought was a nice touch.
The big big problem with this book is how it drags. You learn about the kids run-ins with the men in black, but I got so bored. The scenes went on and on... and on. I'm not sure that it would hold a kid's attention span, which is unfortunate because the book has some good teaching points mixed in with some whimsy.
Star Rating: 2.0/5.0
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