Thirteen year old Wade and his brother Darrell are goofing off in their father's observatory when they see a mysterious email from Uncle Henry. It is mysterious because it is written in code! And, it turns out that the key to the code is in a star map that Uncle Henry sent to Wade for his 7th birthday!
And so begins The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbot (Lexile: 680; Interest Level: Grades 3-6), the first book in The Copernicus Legacy series. Joined by their cousin Lily and her friend Becca, and their Dad, the kids are launched on an around the world adventure to find out what has happened to Uncle Henry and why he sent them a coded message. It quickly turns into a race around the globe to find the pieces of a great mysterious machine that the great astronomer Copernicus left hidden, but they must find them before the members of the Teutonic Order, who will stop at nothing to find the relics!
If you are a reader who enjoys adventure, danger, and world travel, this may be a book/ series for you! Also, if you are interested in astronomy and science fiction, you may also find this to be a great read! (488 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.