The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black
Eden Unger Bowditch
The Young Inventors Guild: Book One
On Sale: March 15, 2011
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Young Adult | Fantasy Historical
In 1903, five truly brilliant young inventors, the children
of the world's most important scientists, went about their
lives and their work as they always had.
But all that changed the day the men in black
They arrived to take twelve-year-old Jasper
Modest and his six-year-old sister, Lucy-he with his
remarkable creations and she with her perfect memory-from
their London, England home to a place across the ocean
they'd never seen before.
They arrived to take nine-year-old Wallace
Banneker, last in a long line of Africa-descended
scientists, from his chemistry, his father, and his New York
home to a life he'd never imagined.
Twelve-year-old Noah Canto-Sagas, already
missing his world-famous and beloved mother, was taken from
Toronto, Canada, carrying only his clothes, his violin, and
his remarkable mind.
And thirteen-year-old Faye Vigyanveta, the
genius daughter of India's wealthiest and most accomplished
scientists, was removed by force from her life of luxury.
From all across the world, they've been taken to
mysterious Sole Manner Farm, and a beautiful but isolated
schoolhouse in Dayton, Ohio, without a word from their
parents as to why. Not even the wonderful schoolteacher they
find there, Miss Brett, can explain it. She can give them
love and care, but she can't give them answers.
Things only get stranger from there. What is the
book with no pages Jasper and Lucy find in their mother's
underwear drawer, and why do the men in black want it so badly?
How is it all the children have been taught the
same bizarre poem-and yet no other rhymes or stories their
And why haven't their parents tried to contact
Whatever the reasons, to brash, impetuous Faye,
the situation is clear: They and their parents have been
kidnapped by these terrible men in black, and the only way
they're going to escape and rescue their parents is by
completing the invention they didn't even know they were all
working on-an invention that will change the world forever.
But what if the men in black aren't trying to
harm the children? What if they're trying to protect them?
And if they're trying to protect them-from what?
An amazing story about the wonders of science
and the still greater wonders of friendship, The Atomic
Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Men in Black, the
first book of the Young Inventors Guild trilogy, is a truly
original novel. Young readers will forever treasure Eden
Unger Bowditch's funny, inventive, poignant, and wonderfully
fun fiction debut.
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