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The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair
     

The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

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by S. S. Taylor
 

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Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them?

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Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 4–7—In a world with unusual countries and lands, and a slightly evil tyrannical government in control, Kit West, along with his brilliant and mechanically inclined sister, M. K., and charming animal-loving brother Zander, is settling into life at the Academy—the training school for BNDL government explorers. Kit finds himself increasingly alone and soon follows the clues to another mysterious map left by his father, a famous explorer who disappeared. Beginning to realize that his father was part of a secret, and illegal, mapmaking society, Kit convinces his siblings and their adventurous friend, Sukey, to propose an expedition to explore King Neptune's Lair, the place Kit believes is indicated on the map. This mysterious location had swallowed ships for centuries in a Bermuda Triangle-like way and is full of danger, as well as rumored oil. Their expedition is sponsored by the government at the annual Announcement Banquet but the leader chosen is their archenemy. After being shipwrecked on an apparently deserted island with vicious attack eels, Kit finds a giant telepathic sea turtle who carries him inside its shell to a secret underwater city and a carefully guarded map made of shells. This is an exciting second installment that leaves the door wide open for book three. The characters continue to develop and grow, realistic in their sibling and friendship relationships. It is a unique adventure series that certainly fits into the steampunk genre, but plows its own course with mystery, suspense, and a well-thought out plot. Maps and detailed grayscale drawings throughout give enough of a taste to feed reader's imaginations.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-22
A series of elaborately concealed clues send student Explorers Kit, Vander and M.K. to a historically deadly area of the Caribbean on the second leg of their map-based quest. Enrolled in the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences, Kit bases his Final Exam Expedition proposal on a map left by his father in a hidden room in a nearby cave. To his dismay, the proposal is co-opted by sociopathic government official Leo Nackley and transformed into a search for what may be one of this future world's last oil deposits. But there is more than oil waiting to be discovered below "King Triton's Lair"—as Kit and allies discover amid shipwreck, pirate attacks, clandestine meetings with the mysterious Explorer with the Clockwork Hand and close encounters with exotic creatures ranging from amphibious killer eels to telepathic mechanical sea turtles. Kit comes away with yet another map that points the way forward; those readers willing to tolerate a tale overendowed with coincidence and supporting cast will find this middle volume a quickly paced and entertainingly twisty adventure. Considering the importance of maps to the story as well as much talk of impending war with the Indorustan Empire in the Simerian Territories, a large-scale map would have been a plus. The quest's ultimate goal remains enigmatic, but it continues to move along smartly enough. (maps) (Fantasy. 10-14)
From the Publisher

"A unique adventure series that certainly fits into the steampunk genre, but plows its own course with mystery, suspense, and a well-thought out plot." —Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA, School Library Journal

"[A] marvelous addition to the series." —I Read to Relax

“A little bit weird and unlikely in ways that smart kids will really enjoy.”
Slate

"As with book one, [The Expeditioners and the Secret of King] Triton's Lair is an absolutely cracking yarn, the pure strain of kids' adventure tales."
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940450209
Publisher:
McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date:
09/23/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
334,438
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


S. S. Taylor has been fascinated by maps ever since the age of 10, when she discovered an error on a map of her neighborhood and wondered if it was really a mistake. She has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, missing explorers, and traveling to known and unknown places. She lives in Vermont.

Katherine Roy is an artist and author living in New York City. She loves adventure, history, and science, and is currently writing a book about great white sharks. The Expeditioners books are the first novels she has illustrated.

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The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where/ when is the next book??????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ther is a clift hanger at they end,but its still a great book.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- After their escapades in Drowned Man’s Canyon (see my review HERE), Kit, Zander, M.K. West (and Sukey) are back in another adventure! When Kit’s supposedly dead father gives him clues that lead to an island in the North Carribean, Kit finds the perfect excuse to go there – via an expedition request! After the Drowned Man’s Canyon fiasco, the Wests joined the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences (a school for expeditioners). The Academy has a yearly program that allows the students to make a request to go on an expedition of their choice. But when their rival at the Academy, Lazlo Nackley, steals their idea, he is one of the ones to get chosen, and becomes head of the operation. It all starts to go downhill when Lazlo’s evil, controlling father comes along as a chaperone (the nice teacher that is supervising them can’t come because he is seasick and wouldn’t have been able to help). The Wests (and Sukey) know that they have a hard journey coming on, but there is much more they aren’t expecting. What I liked- This was a marvelous sequel to the first book. It has all of the steampunk-y, futuristic-ness that I came to love in the first book. It explains some more about how the world got into its “current” state, with all of the dystopian-ness of it. The new adventure that the West’s go through was cool and exciting, and they really make use of their surrounding events perfectly. I think that they go to the Bermuda Triangle (although it is called something different, in this world-frame), and visit a mysterious island in it. The setting is a fascinating place, and plays an important part in the series. The characters get stuck on a deserted island, full of unknown animals, and the island isn’t charted as existing. Like the first book, the book jacket is reversible, and has a blueprint-y feel to them, as it shows a machine from the book. This is a great adventure story that a lot of kids will like. I really like this series, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review