The Academy (Steel Trapp Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Steven "Steel" Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there's a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaleigh arrives to board at the school and it isn't long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding school. It seems a select few students are recruited, while still minors, to serve as special "translators" for the US Government. ...
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The Academy (Steel Trapp Series #2)

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Overview

Steven "Steel" Trapp has been placed in an East Coast boarding school for gifted kids by his FBI agent father. He soon discovers that there's a clubby element of the faculty and upper classmen that is very secretive and protective. To his surprise, his friend Kaleigh arrives to board at the school and it isn't long before the two realize that this is not your normal boarding school. It seems a select few students are recruited, while still minors, to serve as special "translators" for the US Government. People-including diplomats and dignitaries-will say things around kids that they wouldn't otherwise dare speak outside of embassies. The willing student "agent" takes a semester abroad and ends up spying for his country. But there are dark elements at play at the school. Foreign agents may have penetrated the school's secrecy and may have sleepers in place: kids spying on future kid spies. There is conspiracy and competition among the elite faculty that threatens security. As Steel and Kaileigh are recruited for their first test run-trying to break a ring of pickpockets in a Boston hotel-things go impossibly wrong. Betrayal and conspiracy cloud what should have been a straightforward assignment. And all too soon, their very lives are in danger.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Steven "Steel" Trapp understands why his father, who has recently told Steel about his undercover work with the FBI, wants him to go to Wynncliff Academy. Wynncliff is a competitive private school with high standards for its students, and here Steel's detailed photographic memory will be an asset, not a freakish curse. But Steel does not understand why his father pulled strings to get his best friend Kaileigh accepted without telling him. And the group of upperclassmen being secretly trained to use blow darts in the gym does not make sense either. Things at Wynncliff are not all as they appear. With Steel's memory, Kaileigh's street smarts and keen sensibilities, and the help of a few new friends, the two find themselves thrown further into the secrets of the Academy than they ever imagined. Meanwhile, Brian Taddler and a group of homeless boys under the care of Mrs. D are working on the most important heist of their lives. The stories combine with twists and turns that keep the plot moving and the pages flipping. Aside from a few discrepancies, the characters are developed believably and endearingly. Steel and Brian's stories alternate, keeping the action fast-paced while peeling away the layers of intrigue. While there is a predecessor in the "Steel Trapp" series, this stands on its own quite well. Hints of Ender's Game, Oliver Twist, and a juvenile James Bond will attract a variety of readers and draw them to the rest of the series. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423141181
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Series: Steel Trapp Series , #2
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 405,652
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Killer Summer, Killer View and Killer Weekend, the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

Biography

Crime may not always pay, but crime fiction always sells, and Ridley Pearson is one of the stars of the genre, the kind of writer whose royalties keep his family fed and cover a few extras as well (like, say, his own airplane). Yet Pearson didn't spend his youth dreaming of bestsellerdom. His first ambition was to be a musician, and he spent most of his twenties writing and performing folk-rock songs. The idea that he might become a novelist came later. As he explained in a Barnes and Noble interview, he was reading a Robert Ludlum novel when "a voice spoke up from inside me and said, 'I can do this.'" (Once he began writing and discovered firsthand the skill involved in crafting a cohesive thriller, he realized how much he had presumed!)

Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum."

As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough—he consulted an expert in oceanography—that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgments was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder.

Of course, there's more to a Pearson novel than research. "Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the planet?" mused Bill Ott in BookList. "We've celebrated the forensic detail, the taut plotting, the multidimensional characters, and the screw-tightening suspense, but lots of fiction writers do all that. Here's a theory: Pearson is a master at manipulating opposites. His stories are forever jumping from high concept to small scale, from positive to negative charges, manipulating our emotions and minds with their polar hip-hopping."

When he's not writing, Pearson still makes music—he's the bass guitarist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an amateur rock band made up of professional writers including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom (the group's motto, coined by Barry: "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels").

It was while Pearson was in Miami to play with the Rock Bottom Remainders that he told Barry about his idea (actually, daughter Paige's idea) for a prequel to Peter Pan. The two authors had such a good time hashing out possibilities over breakfast that Pearson asked Barry to write the book with him. Published in 2004, their clever collaboration Peter and the Starcatchers became a huge bestseller, spawning two sequels (Peter and the Shadow Thieves in 2006 and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon in 2007) and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Even though Pearson thoroughly enjoys crafting juvenile fiction, his adult fans need not worry that he's abandoned his high-voltage crime novels. Indeed, he has said that writing gives him the same "adrenaline rush," no matter which audience he is targeting: Readers of all ages appreciate the imagination, suspense, and an impeccable eye for detail he brings to all his fiction.

Good To Know

Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding—and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description—perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."

Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wendell McCall; Joyce Reardon
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 13, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glen Cove, New York
    1. Education:
      Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Very very very good

    I love these books they make it hard to put the book down onc you start reading

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Awesome

    A really wonderful book. Read it! I really hope there is a sequel...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Is there a sequel?

    I love this series and Ridley Pearson. But is there a sequel? And to those of you who constantly post rubbish instead of real reviews, STOP IT RIGHT NOW! IT SERIOUSLY GETS MEGA ANOYING! I HOPE THAT YOU REALIZE THAT SEVEN YEAR OLD AND POSSIBLY YOUNGER HAVE NOOKS AND DO NOT NEED TO BE INTRODUCED TO THIS RUBBISH THAT YOUNG!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Kate

    Hey, im kate. Im in 7th grade. I have wavy brown hair, freckles, and my eyes are green, brown, blue, and gray (seriously- they are like that in real life.) Im cowgirl and a rodeo rider and i dress and talk like one. Can i enroll in the academy?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Y

    Yes, you can enroll. 7rh grade is the first result!

    -Miss Allister

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    Yeahhhhhhhhjhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Awsomeeeeeeereeee¿eeer

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Lily

    I wanna learn to shapeshift!!! It will be reall cool!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Kay

    Someone enjoy subjects. Get two electives. Shapeshift is elective. Kidnap is required. Assasin is required. Weapon is required. Think dark magic is elective. Always speak like this. She says when she sees lilys confused face. She whispers. Just for fun. Im a teacher but i like to say teacher of kidnap and shapeshift. Know where roy is? She resumes her normal speak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Can I enroll

    I cannot give my info out for some reasons but I meet the standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Can i enroll?

    Brown hair brown eyes. Kinda addicted to sports and reading. Has already got a plan of taking out Kai so that Trapp is single lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Hi

    I'm sorry but your application has been rejected. Simply because you are probably an alien. Please try again next year (but really don't).

    From the Directer of the school.

    Oh and if you liked this book this book you should read this other series, the first book is called I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you, by some author.

    So yah.


    Im not allowed to give out any personal info for... reasons but I can tell you I may or may not be in the same grade as you. Maybe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Emma

    Can I enroll? I have brown hair a little longer than my shoulders and brown eyes. I have braces. Some scratches on my arms and legs from rabbits and some other things. Im really good in reading, like collage level. I love animals and have a lot of pets. Im in 7th grade. Im a little over five feet tall. (Im like this in real life except Im going to be in seventh grade when school starts again.) I know this doesnt matter, but I just want to say it. I raise and show two breeds of exotic chickens in the fair. They aways seem to get blue ribbons and, once, I even almost got best in class. I also show rabbits, explaining the scratches. Fluffy rabbits! In fact, one of them had babies two days ago. I have said more than enough. So, like my opening question said, can I enroll in the academy? By the way, if I am sounding sufisticated, Im not sufisticated.

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