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

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

The Young Inventors Guild Series, Book 1
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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, Lucy—he with his remarkable creations and she with her perfect memory—from 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 poem—and 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 on—an 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 them—from 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.

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, Lucy—he with his remarkable creations and she with her perfect memory—from 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 poem—and 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 on—an 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 them—from 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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About the Author-
  • 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.

Reviews-
  • —P. B. Kerr, Author of the Children of the Lamp series and oher young adult bestsellers "Simply brilliant."
  • —Daniel Vilmure, Author of the critically acclaimed novels Life in the Land of the Living and Toby's Lie "While studio executives and movie producers squabble over the screen rights, parents and children will be fighting over the reading rights to Eden Unger Bowditch's marvelous new novel. To ensure a peaceful household, purchase several copies. The Atomic Weight of Secrets gives us a world as rich and strange as childhood itself. So inventive and so compelling, with something very sad and tender and allegorical at its core, this adorable novel is an absolute charmer. It made me laugh, too, many times, and embarrassingly hard. Hilarious! More! More!"
  • —Sara Allen, Songwriter (Co-writer of such hits as You Make My Dreams, Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That, and Maneater) "This story had me asking myself why anyone needs the 'supernatural' when a skillful storyteller can open their eyes again to the magic in the world around us. In this novel, I experienced a 'through the Looking Glass' sensation of wondering where I was, yet big 'aha' moments when realizing everything was still within the realm of the possible. The ingenuity of the characters, the structure of their story, and the light of kindness in every word come from an author you'll wind up wishing you had for a friend."
  • —Shannon O'Donnell, high school english teacher, Montana School District writing specialist and trainer, and book blogger (Book Dreaming) "The Atomic Weight of Secrets is so original, and is such a unique story, that I can think of nothing to compare it to nothing. It's the first of a trilogy, and I believe book 2 is going to be quite an adventure. The main characters felt so comfortable and familiar by the end of the story, that I think I'm going to miss them. I recommend this book, especially for its unusual and original storyline."
  • —Sharon Morrill, former head, Disney Toon Studios "I simply loved 'The Atomic Weight of Secrets. As you can imagine, I've read more than a few young adult books. The Atomic Weight was every bit as wonderful and riveting as any of them. I couldn't put it down! I was reading late into the night, eyes heavy with sleepiness, but I still couldn't stop. Bravo! I cannot wait for the next one!"
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