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Around the World in 100 Days

Around the World in 100 Days

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by Gary Blackwood

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Picking up where Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days left off, Phileas Fogg's teenage son, Harry, is in trouble. He has made a bet that he can drive a steam-powered motor-car around the world in 100 days. So along with a brilliant but shy mechanic, a sly female journalist, and the son of his opponent in the wager, Harry sets off on a race against


Picking up where Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days left off, Phileas Fogg's teenage son, Harry, is in trouble. He has made a bet that he can drive a steam-powered motor-car around the world in 100 days. So along with a brilliant but shy mechanic, a sly female journalist, and the son of his opponent in the wager, Harry sets off on a race against time. The trip isn't easy, especially with dissension within the group. The question is, will they be able to finish . . .because the stakes are inconceivably high.

"A thrilling, thoroughly road-worthy joy ride." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Fun and suspenseful." - Booklist

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Publishers Weekly
Positioned as a sequel of sorts to Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, Blackwood's story centers on Harry, the carefree son of legendary adventurer Phileas Fogg. Harry bets men at his father's Reform Club £6,000 that he can drive his car, the Flash, around the world in 100 days (the motorcar may be shipped across bodies of water). Impulsive Harry is joined by his friend/mechanic, an "impartial observer" (really, the uptight son of one of his competitors), and a feisty reporter. Together, they face a near collision with a train, raging wildfires, sabotage, and even kidnapping. Blackwood (The Great Race) ably infuses their voyage with coming-of-age themes: Not only does Harry want to "prove the worth of the Flash and of motorcars in general," but he also wants to prove himself to his father, who has made Harry promise that if he loses, he will "take up some profession appropriate for a gentleman." Newspaper dispatches and various details about the countries they cross—from the landscape to food and politics—further enliven an adventure that makes good on its innovative premise. Ages 10–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Harry Fogg, son of famed adventurer Phileas Fogg (Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days), decides to embark on a similar adventure to his father's, but with a twist. Harry and his mechanically-minded friend Johnny will go around the world in the Flash, a custom-built, steam-powered motorcar, in 100 days. When three of the gentlemen at his father's club bet that Harry cannot live up to his claim, Harry takes the bet and sets the stage for an exciting adventure. Along with Johnny, Harry must travel with Charles Hardiman, the son of one of the men laying bets and a potential saboteur; add in the mysterious journalist, Elizabeth, and the group is set. As the four travel, they face challenges from weather, bad-timing, and sailing schedules, but Harry in particular learns a great deal about himself, his family, and the world as he engineers his daring trip. For readers looking for a fun and accessible book that combines adventure and history, this one is certainly a great choice. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
VOYA - Lynn Evarts
Phileas Fogg's son, Henry, has undertaken a wager even more daring than his father's wager that he could go around the world in eighty days. It is 1891, and Henry is extremely fond of the new conveyance, the automobile. Henry makes a large wager which gives him one hundred days to circumvent the globe. He can use ships for ocean voyages, but all other travel must be accomplished in the automobile. He needs to take his mechanic, Johnny, with him, but just before he sets off, he discovers he also has to take the son of one of the men he bet against so they can ensure he plays fair. Once the three of them get to America, they add one more passenger, Elizabeth, a young reporter who is fascinated with the motor car and eager to make a good impression on her bosses. Their around-the-world journey has the reader wondering up to the very end whether Henry and Johnny will prevail or whether they will meet their match against possible internal sabotage, Cossacks, flash fires, or the difficulties they have finding passable roadways. Will Henry make it in one hundred days? Blackwood has done a wonderful job recreating the excitement and adventure of Verne's eighty-day saga with Henry's father. There seems to be something exciting at every turn. While crossing the Continental Divide, Henry and crew are even run off their "roadway" by a train coming straight at them. Give this book to young people who like cars or enjoy learning about how things work, as there are many descriptions of the mechanics of the automobile. Reviewer: Lynn Evarts
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Phileas Fogg made the voyage in 80 days, and in this imaginative historical adventure his son, Harry Fogg, has made a wager of his own. In 1891, the exuberant young man has bet that he can circle the globe in a steam-powered automobile—the Flash—in 100 days. There's much more at stake in this challenge than just the £6,000 prize. Free-spirited Harry is determined to prove that the automobile is the transportation mode of the future. His rigid and regimented father has reluctantly agreed to cover the cost of the wager, but there's a condition: if Harry wins, he can pursue his motorcar dreams, but if he loses, he must get serious and pursue a professional career that his father deems more befitting an English gentleman. Accompanied by his gifted but quirky mechanic; an abrasive, foppish "minder" who's there to make sure the rules of the wager are followed; and an intriguing female reporter, Harry and his crew face many obstacles. Some are natural, some mechanical, and some human. Most troubling is the fact that someone—most likely one of the passengers—is apparently trying to sabotage the Flash. Blackwood's steampunkish romp has a touch of humor and a great deal of heart, which brings readers fully onboard as they feverishly turn pages in this race against the clock.—Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
Kirkus Reviews

It's 1891, and young Harry Fogg's obsession with automobiles has landed him in jail. His father, Phileas Fogg, and mother, Aouda, long for Harry to settle down and adopt a gentlemanly profession. When Harry lands in more hot water—wagering at his club that he can circle the globe by automobile in 100 days—Phileas finances the trip on the proviso that if Harry loses he will give up tinkering with cars. Accompanied by Johnny, friend and automotive genius, Charles, whose father is betting against Harry, and Elizabeth, journalist and proto-feminist, Harry sets off in his state-of-the-art, steam-powered car. Like his father, he'll face daunting challenges both technical and human, including the presence of a saboteur. Blackwood retains what's best from Around the World in 80 Days, by that forefather of steampunk, Jules Verne—the lighthearted humor, race against time, loyal friends and devious foes—while dropping the Eurocentrism; Harry's mixed-race heritage and adventures in a world on the cusp of social upheaval provide a subtle contemporary subtext. The synthesis makes for a thrilling, thoroughly road-worthy joy ride. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Meet the Author

Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN, and THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He and his wife and kids live outside Carthage, MO.

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