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“Nifty gadgets, moments of moderate terror, and high stakes... Roy’s playful illustrations have an adventurous, Jonny Quest flair.”—Publishers Weekly
"Can three orphaned siblings with half a map beat an oppressive government to a secret, gold-filled canyon?
Set in a future where the hacking of computers and depletion of natural resources has caused a return to steam and clockwork engines, Taylor’s novel crosses dystopian and steampunk genres in this fast-paced, plot-driven tale. An Explorer with a clockwork hand smuggles an old book to Kit, the book’s narrator. With his two siblings, brave Zander and preteen inventor M.K., he forms the Expeditioners, breaking the code hidden in the book and finding half a map from their late father, Alexander West, an Explorer of the Realm. Off they go to find the other half of the map and follow it, facing giant green slugs, huge birds and evil government agents. The black-and-white cartoon-style illustrations and the portrayal of wrench-wielding, smart-mouthed, fearless M.K. lighten the tone of the lengthy text and its underlying message of mistreatment of natural resources and indigenous peoples. The premise that there are undiscovered places, that '[a] map of the world isn’t a fixed thing. We know only what we can see,' is an intriguing one.
Full of kid power, clues, codes and maps, this will appeal to sophisticated readers who appreciate their adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness."—Kirkus Reviews
“A wonderful example of steampunk done well.”—School Library Journal
“Beautifully written and nail-bitingly thrilling, this is an easy series to get hooked on.”—San Francisco Chronicle
"Smart, enjoyable storytelling."—ForeWord Reviews
"The story moves at a thrilling pace, and the adventure will capture the imagination of readers. Roy's illustrations add another terrific element to the story; the jacket, endpapers, and cover of the hardcover book are stunning. I hope this title marks the first in a series."—The Show Me Librarian
"The Expeditioners has it all: secret maps, hidden treasure, villains, cool gadgets, plenty of adventure, and three intrepid siblings joining forces to save the day. Middle graders will love it, but this middle-ager couldn’t put it down."—Shelf Unbound
"Sarah Stewart Taylor has a penchant for adventure that has led her to pen books with a wide-ranging sense of place and appeal." —Rutland Herald
"The Expeditioners rollicks, twists, turns and chases through canyons and arroyos, along airships and gliders, through boxcars and crumbling mansions, and on the way the heroes uncover all sorts of fabulous mysteries through their own cunning and bravery. It is a thoroughly smashing read."—Boing Boing
"An exciting adventure."—Common Sense Media
"Beautifully written. S.S. Taylor writes a book for kids that sophisticated adult readers will love, too. Be prepared to do some heavy negotiating for your household’s copy!" —Betty Confidential
"The Expeditioners will surely intrigue you." —The Daily Pretzel
"'The Expeditioners' is an exciting ride from beginning to end." —Cracking the Cover
Praise for O' Artful Death:
"Taylor does a lovely job of setting an atmospheric scene and luring us inside."
— The New York Times Book Review
Posted February 11, 2013
This book will get your graphic novel obsessed child reading prose again. Smart, fast-paced storytelling combined with superb graphic-novel inspired illustrations, this book about three orphans (ages 14, 13 and 12) living in a retro-futuristic world, trying to outwit a dystopian government as they use their missing Explorer of the Realm father's map to discover a horde of legendary treasure is the baby that Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass) and Rick Riordan (The Percy Jackson Series) would have had together if they could.
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Posted March 2, 2013
Kit West was going to the market when he was given a box by a man with a clockwork hand. You see, Kit and his siblings, M.K. and Amerigo Vespucci (Zander), live in a time with no electricity because the main machines were hacked and then outlawed. The box has instructions to find a map written by their late dad, the famous explorer Alexander West. The West kids follow the instructions and find half a map. The kids realize the map is a treasure map, but they don’t know where the second half is. The kids think it is going to be a great adventure until American officials are suddenly interested in the West orphans and their half a map. The West kids soon realize this is no ordinary treasure (if treasure can be ordinary), and there are people out there who will stop at nothing to get it!
This is an awesome book! The first thing that got me interested in this book was the look of it. The artwork is just awesome. I really like the illustrations that are spread out through the book. They are really cool ! You can tell that they really thought about the look of the book. I really like the inside of the book’s jacket!The hardcover and end pages are just as cool.
Besides the great artwork, the story is just as great! It is packed with adventure and is very exciting! I love that there is nonstop action (like 90% of the time)! The book has a great “steampunk” style to it. The dystopian world created by Ms. Taylor is VERY unique. There are details like George Washington getting plans to build advanced technology machines back in 1791. I loved reading the book and imagining the story in my head. There are one or two instances of the da** word at the beginning and some mild violence, but I think it is good for kids 10+. I totally recommend this book!
NOTE** The publisher sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted January 23, 2015
Nobdey should be treated as hashrly as they did.Ilove the part when zander went under the waterfall.He was veary brave.It was veary sad when the kids farhers friend diedoWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2014
Posted October 30, 2013
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