The Secret of Rover

The Secret of Rover

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by Rachel Wildavsky
     
 

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The Secret of Rover follows the clever and resourceful twins Katie and David as they race across country in their attempt to outwit an international team of insurgents who hold their parents and baby sister captive in a foreign land.


Held hostage because they invented a spy technology called Rover that can locate anyone in the world, Katie

Overview

The Secret of Rover follows the clever and resourceful twins Katie and David as they race across country in their attempt to outwit an international team of insurgents who hold their parents and baby sister captive in a foreign land.


Held hostage because they invented a spy technology called Rover that can locate anyone in the world, Katie and David’s parents are in grave danger. Now, it’s up to Katie and David to rescue them. But first they must find their reclusive uncle, whom they have never met—the only person they know who can help them. 

This page-turning story from a debut author with insider knowledge of Washington is fun, suspenseful, and convincingly real.

Praise for The Secret of Rover

*STARRED REVIEW*
“David and Katie’s relationship is realistically and amusingly portrayed in all its sibling rivalry and friendship. Fun, intelligent, political page-turner.” –School Library Journal, starred review 

“One of the drawbacks of young-adult fiction these days is that compelling stories, well told, so often include both expletives and depictions of dark unpleasantness that many parents would rather their teenagers not encounter. Rachel Wildavsky's The Secret of Rover offers a considerably gentler degree of tension for children. Somehow, even as the action heads toward its big conclusion, it all happens without expletives.” –Wall Street Journal 

“As if a road trip without any money isn't exciting enough, escape from demented villains ups the ante in this survival tale with international-spy overtones. Sort of a 24 for middle-grade readers. Fans of spy stories and political intrigue will find plenty to appreciate here…” –Kirkus Reviews

“Kids making the transition from series mysteries to more sophisticated thrillers will do well by this suspenseful and age-appropriate drama.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 

“Let’s hope that the sequel won’t be so long in appearing, because children need more first class books to read.” –The Washington Examiner 

“Wildavsky spins a yarn that’s tight and compelling, balancing high-stakes jeopardy (escaping kidnappers in a high-speed car chase) with more basic, earthy troubles (what to eat and where to go to the bathroom). Carefully placed bread crumbs will satisfy young mystery enthusiasts, while the sweet, detailed portrait of a tightly knit family will widen this title’s appeal.” –Booklist

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Katie and David's mom and dad are no ordinary parents. Along with Mrs. Bowden's reclusive brother, Alex, they are the designers of Rover, a top-secret spying device recently purchased by the U.S. government. The sale of Rover brings the family a financial windfall, so they are finally able to afford the third child they have always wanted. The kids are thrilled when their parents decide to adopt a baby from the war-torn nation of Katkajan, which is clearly meant to resemble a Middle Eastern country. The night before leaving to pick up Theo, the Bowdens introduce a Katkajanian nanny who will care for Katie and David while their parents are away. Unfortunately, Trixie is not a nanny, but a member of a gang of insurgents. Her counterparts kidnap the Bowdens and Theo as soon as they arrive, and David and Katie become prisoners in their own home. A daring escape leads them to their reclusive uncle in the mountains of Vermont. A breathtaking game of cat and mouse follows as the kidnappers pursue them relentlessly, and they fight to save their parents and sister. David and Katie's relationship is realistically and amusingly portrayed in all its sibling rivalry and friendship. Their smarts and moxie are tempered with just enough rash impulsiveness to make them believable. Fans of Roland Smith's "I.Q" series (Sleeping Bear) will love this fun, intelligent, political page-turner.—Mandy Lawrence, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613120910
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Publication date:
08/11/2015
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
651,907
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Wildavsky is a former journalist who has written for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. She has also worked for the White House under two presidents. Today she works for a private educational philanthropy. She lives outside Washington, DC, with her husband and their three children.

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Secret of Rover 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
The Secret of Rover is a twisty - turny mystery that chases each thrilling moment with another one. This book is about twins Katie and David whose life is pretty much all you can wish about. Suddenly their family is mysteriously swept away and a mean very strange nanny arrives. Now the twins are involved in the most thrilling most dangerous adventure of their lives. This book will whisk you up and keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you begging for more. This thriller is perfect for fans of mysteries. Now strap yourself in for the ride of your life! Review by Masha K, Age 9, Boston Mensa
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This book is wonderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Secret Of Rover, Wow! I highly recommend that you buy this book and read it right away. It is full of Suspense, mystery and will make you want to turn the next page until it is finished! When I first saw this book in (of course) Barnes & Noble I picked it up off the shelf and was captivated by the cover, I read the back of the book and said to myself, "This sounds like a good book." But I was wrong, it was a GREAT book!!! I hope Rachel Wildavsky will write many more!
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
How do you think that you would react if your parents were kidnapped while abroad by foreign terrorists and the terrorists' friends in the United States were after you? Lisa and David Bowden, twelve-year-old twins, live in Washington, DC, with their parents Alan and Sandra. They used to be poor, but the Bowdens, along with Sandra's brother Uncle Alex, invented a top-secret device known as Rover and sold it to the United States government, so now they live comfortably in a new house, and Mr. and Mrs. Bowden have decided to go to Katkajan to adopt an orphan baby named Theo. The adoption agency even finds a Katkajanian nanny named Trixie to watch Lisa and David while their parents are out of the country and then to help with the baby after they return. However, once in Katkajan, their parents are kidnapped by Katkajanian rebels trying to overthrow the government, and it turns out that Trixie, who has a lot of friends in the United States, is in on the plot. Lisa and David are taken to their old house and tied up but manage to escape. Now what? They decide that their best option is to find their Uncle Alex. They have never met him, but they know that he lives like a hermit in the mountains near Melville, VT, so they become stowaways aboard a grocery truck heading north to Yonkers, NY. However, at a rest stop they find that some of Trixie's friends are also out on the road looking for them. Stowing away on another truck to Vermont, they find a taxi driver who takes them from Hawthorne to Melville. Will they make it to their uncle's place? Is there anything that Uncle Alex can do to help them? And what will happen to their parents? Author Rachel Wildavsky is a former journalist who has written for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. The Secret of Rover is a fairly long book (343 pages), but I had trouble putting it down and finished it in just a few days. I must admit that it is one of the most exciting, suspenseful thrillers for young people that I have read in a long time. And there is almost nothing objectionable in it. Lisa and David do steal a few things along the way to their uncle's house, mostly food for survival, but they have been brought up to know that stealing is wrong and they talk about somehow repaying what they have taken. There is some bickering between the siblings, but they learn to work together and also grow in their appreciation for one another. A strong sense of family pervades the plot. Pre-teens and teenagers who like spy stories with a lot of intrigue and action will enjoy this book.
LivingPeacefully More than 1 year ago
Twins Katie and David haven't always lived a charmed life. Until recently, their family has struggled in poverty. However, life as been looking up since their parents invented Rover. When their parents fly overseas to adopt a new baby girl, the children's excitement quickly turns to fear as they find themselves in the middle of a sinister political plot. Unsure of whether or not they will ever see their parents again or meet tehir new baby sister, their immediate goal is to make it out alive. Rachel Wildavsky's new book, The Secret of Rover, is a captivating novel for children. With well developed characters and an appealing plotline, the story allows children to experience a fantastical mystery with action and adventure. Disclaimer: A copy was provided by the publisher.