STORM: The Black Sphere: The Black Sphere [NOOK Book]

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Six of the world's leading scientists were at work on a top-secret assignment?Project FIREball. Now fi ve of them are dead, and one is on the run. He carries with him plans for a world-changing technology?one the CIA, MI6, and a ruthless megalomaniac will stop at nothing to obtain. Will, Andrew, and Gaia, the teen geniuses of STORM, join the high-stakes manhunt, racing to the Swiss Alps and into mortal danger, as they enter the heart of the Black Sphere. Armed robotic eagles, laser-fi ring Frisbees, hightech ...
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STORM: The Black Sphere: The Black Sphere

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Overview

Six of the world's leading scientists were at work on a top-secret assignment?Project FIREball. Now fi ve of them are dead, and one is on the run. He carries with him plans for a world-changing technology?one the CIA, MI6, and a ruthless megalomaniac will stop at nothing to obtain. Will, Andrew, and Gaia, the teen geniuses of STORM, join the high-stakes manhunt, racing to the Swiss Alps and into mortal danger, as they enter the heart of the Black Sphere. Armed robotic eagles, laser-fi ring Frisbees, hightech surveillance roaches?STORM is back in their third high-speed, high-adrenaline adventure. E. L. Young, science journalist and master of suspense, bases all the science, technology, and gadgets in this story on real-life research, patents, and inventions.




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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
When 14-year-old Will, Andrew, and Gaia learn of the death of several scientists in Switzerland, they are sent off on a wild adventure to find the missing survivor. Along the way, they must discover what the scientists were doing and why a multinational corporation and the British intelligence agency MI6 are also in pursuit. Along the way, the kids use devices such as a spray called the brain sprain, designed to make an opponent more compliant, and radio-transmitting cockroaches, used as listening devices. Their opponents use remote-controlled Frisbees with laser weapons, among other devices. MI6 has a mechanical eagle that fires electronic bullets. Everyone is looking for the plans to produce cold fusion, which would be an extremely important advance for humans. The kids also learn a lot about friendship and human nature. This fun and exciting addition to the "STORM" series is readable and grounded in the real world, in spite of the teenage agents and newly invented technologies. The technologies are all based on real advances, and the author notes where she got the ideas. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Summer in London has begun to seem routine following the stimulating events of Christmas in St. Petersburg in The Infinity Code and Easter in Venice in The Ghost Machine (both Dial, 2008). STORM's three genius 14-year-olds are occupying themselves with their "normal" day-to-day activities such as working with the British Government to create a mind-altering spray, creating exploding ink, or hacking into printers across the UK to prove that secret documents can be stolen from a safe distance. When Will sneaks into an international conference to test some of his new inventions, he, Gaia, and Andrew are kidnapped. Their abductor, Abigail Pope, reveals that her uncle was one of six scientists working on a top-secret project. He is now the only surviving scientist from the group, but seems to be missing. Abigail hires STORM to locate and bring her uncle to safety. Young intersperses the teens' ensuing adventure in Interlaken, Switzerland, with new and interesting inventions like "Hard Wear" (body armor), an Invisible Glove, and cockroaches with built-in listening devices. These 14-year-olds climb mountains, blow up restaurants, make deals with ex-mercenaries, maneuver hydrospeed boards through dangerous caves, and discover more about their own abilities and relationships along the way. YAs will once again be sucked right into the secret-agent world of STORM. Well written and containing real explanations for the inspirations for all of the science and technology, this installment in the series is an excellent addition.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
James Bond's Q would have been delighted with this engaging series focused on three intelligent, daring and technologically astute teens. Will, Andrew and Gaia are back in their third adventure, this time called into action to help the niece of a scientist who died while working on a top-secret project of worldwide importance. It isn't long before they are on their way from England to Switzerland, following one lead after another on the trail of a ruthless megalomaniac determined to control the world's energy supplies. With some behind-the-scenes assistance from Will's soon-to-be step-grandfather, an ex-KGB agent still in Russia, as well as their friend Barrington from MI-6, they let nothing stand in their way of getting to the truth . . . even if it means outsmarting assassins, ducking flying laser Frisbees and avoiding robot surveillance everywhere. This action-packed series entry holds up and stays relevant by focusing on developing technology, key issues of today and tomorrow and characters that are increasingly three-dimensional. This series is a satisfying ride for all concerned, leaving readers with a sense of happy anticipation for the next installment. (Thriller. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101029077
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Emma Young is a New Scientist journalist who is an expert in the subject of space and space travel. She is a former journalist at the Guardian and BBC News Online and has contributed to several books and magazines, including Rough Guides and Tomorrow's World magazine. She lives in Australia.
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  • Posted September 2, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo.com

    Third in the STORM series, summer for Will, Andrea, and Gaia seems normal until a group of scientists are killed in Switzerland - all except for one. Forced on the run by megalomaniacs and every government agency on the planet, the man disappears off the face of the Earth in the process. Using their genius intelligence, their spy training, information from the man's daughter, and high-tech gadgets, Will, Andrea, and Gaia will put themselves in mortal danger in order to locate the scientist and bring him to safety. The stakes are high and no one knows who to trust. Will the three succeed and survive their toughest mission yet? An action-packed spy adventure. The plot is gripping; the characters are fascinating, easy to relate to, and memorable. Fans of adventure, spy fiction, and Anthony Horowitz will love reading STORM: THE BLACK SPHERE.

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