The Copernicus Archives #1: Wade and the Scorpion's Claw

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12 quests. 12 relics. And a race to save the fate of the world.

Travel deeper into the mysterious world of the Copernicus Legacy with the Copernicus Archives: exciting, series-companion novellas that get you close to the characters and the heart of the adventure.

The first installment?Wade and the Scorpion's Claw?picks up right where book one left off, with the Kaplan family seeking the next Copernicus relic. Now Wade, the analytical yet ...

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The Copernicus Archives #1: Wade and the Scorpion's Claw

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Overview

12 quests. 12 relics. And a race to save the fate of the world.

Travel deeper into the mysterious world of the Copernicus Legacy with the Copernicus Archives: exciting, series-companion novellas that get you close to the characters and the heart of the adventure.

The first installment—Wade and the Scorpion's Claw—picks up right where book one left off, with the Kaplan family seeking the next Copernicus relic. Now Wade, the analytical yet starry-eyed member of the group, leads the chase through the busy streets of San Francisco while on the run from one of Galina Krause's most treacherous henchmen. Solving the riddles that will reveal the relic's location involves making alliances with suspicious strangers and guarding an ancient Chinese artifact that people would risk their lives to protect—or steal.

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Editorial Reviews

Ridley Pearson
Praise for the Copernicus Legacy series:“Full of mystery and intrigue.”
Angie Sage
“The Copernicus Legacy takes you on a fantastical journey that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. With mysteries hiding behind secrets coded in riddle, this book is like a Dan Brown thriller for young readers. The further you get, the more you must read!”
Wendy Mass
“The Copernicus Legacy has it all: A secret code, priceless relics, murderous knights, a five-hundred-year-old mystery, and a story full of friendship, family, humor, and intelligence.”
Booklist
“With word games and rebus puzzles to spare, this whirling first entry in a projected six-part series from Abbott has international intrigue, fast-paced action, entertaining characters, and a healthy helping of science history.”
Chris Grabenstein
“Tony Abbott is such an amazing storyteller, Copernicus should’ve named a star after him. With codes to crack, clues to unravel, and bad guys to outrun, this is one thrilling, smart, and fun read! I can’t wait for the next chapter is this stellar new series.”
David Lubar
“A sprawling and fast-paced adventure in the great tradition of Robert Ludlum, Ian Fleming, and other masters whose tales loom larger than life. Readers are in for a real treat.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This lively escapade will suit fans of the 39 Clues series who are looking for a new puzzle to solve.”
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Readers meet Wade Kaplan and his father, stepbrother Darrell, cousin Lily, and Lily's best friend, Becca in this multi-volume series opener. They are traveling on an airplane from Guam to Hawaii, and have become involved in a quest to find 12 relics that were collected by Nicolas Copernicus and could be used for time travel. Copernicus has separated the objects in order to prevent the evil Knights of the Teutonic Order from using the astrolabe (time travel machine) for their own purposes. To complicate matters, Sara Kaplan, Wade's stepmother and Darrell's mother, has been kidnapped. Now the family must find the relics, piece the puzzle together, ward off the evil Knights, and save Sara. Each character has a specific, though suspiciously convenient, strength that allows them to assist in the search. From Hawaii, where members of the Knights threaten, they fly to San Francisco where most of the story takes place. This is a good mystery/adventure book with just enough suspense; readers are never more "in the know" than the characters. Some clues are presented with puzzles, Chinese characters, or a rebus. The plot moves quickly, doesn't have too much blood and gore, and ends on an exciting note that will leave kids excited for the next installment.—Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-06-10
After successfully retrieving the first in a series of 12 Copernicus Legacy relics, the Kaplan family sets their sights on retrieving the second.Thirteen-year-old Wade Kaplan dreams of uniting the relics to rebuild Copernicus’ astrolabe, a time-travel device. However, any treasure hunting must take a back seat to the Kaplan clan’s first priority: retrieving Wade’s stepmother, Sara, from her kidnappers. Neither of their goals will be easy. The evil Knights of the Teutonic Order will do everything they can to keep the Kaplans from finding either the lost relics or Sara. Wade, his father, his stepbrother, Darrell, his cousin Lily, and her best friend, Becca, must solve a series of riddles to reach both of their goals. Thankfully, whether it is deciphering code, researching obscure facts or tapping their seemingly endless stores of energy, the group members’ combined talents seem up to the task. This first in a string of novellas is intended to link each of the six full-length novels in the Copernicus Legacy series. Thankfully, reduced page count does not equal reduced quality. This fast-paced adventure features vivid settings, difficult brainteasers and likable characters. This series continues to deliver on its promise.Mystery and adventure with heart. (Mystery. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062314727
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott is the author of nearly a hundred books for young readers, including the bestselling series The Secrets of Droon. Tony has worked in libraries, in bookstores, and in a publishing company and currently teaches college English. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.

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