The Atomic Weight of Secrets or the Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black (Paperback)
In 1903, five truly brilliant young inventors, the children of the world's most important scientists, are taken from their lives and their parents by the mysterious men in black. They take twelve-year-old Jasper and six-year-old Lucy Modest from London, England; nine-year-old Wallace Banneker from New York; twelve-year-old Noah Canto-Sagas from Toronto, Canada; and thirteen-year-old Faye Vigyanveta from New Delhi, India, depositing them all at a strange, isolated farmhouse in Dayton, Ohio, with kindly schoolteacher Miss Brett. But what mysterious invention have all the children, unbeknownst to one another, been working on? Who are the men in black, and are they trying to kidnap them or 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," the first book of the Young Inventors Guild trilogy, is a novel readers will forever treasure.
About the Author
Eden Unger Bowditch is a freelance writer and editor of The Urbanite Magazine, a Baltimore magazine that addresses urban issues.
―P.B. KERR, AUTHOR OF THE CHILDREN OF THE LAMP SERIES AND OTHER YOUNG ADULT BESTSELLERS
“I simply loved ‘The Atomic Weight of Secrets.” As you can imagine, I’ve read more than a few young adult books. ‘The Atomic Weight’ was every bit as wonderful and riveting as any of them. I couldn't put it down! I was reading late into the night, eyes heavy with sleepiness, but I still couldn't stop. Bravo! I cannot wait for the next one!
―SHARON MORRILL, FORMER HEAD, DISNEY TOON STUDIOS
"While studio executives and movie producers squabble over the screen rights, parents and children will be fighting over the reading rights to Eden Unger Bowditch's marvelous new novel. To ensure a peaceful household, purchase several copies. The Atomic Weight of Secrets gives us a world as rich and strange as childhood itself. So inventive and so compelling, with something very sad and tender and allegorical at its core, this adorable novel is an absolute charmer. It made me laugh, too, many times, and embarrassingly hard. Hilarious! More! More!"
―DANIEL VILMURE, AUTHOR OF THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NOVELS LIFE IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING AND TOBY'S LIE
“I love this book and if a movie is made of it, it will be awesome, too. I love it because it seems so real. It's the perfect book for a summer holiday. I'm sure everyone who buys this book will laugh and enjoy it as much as I did. If I was rating this book, I'd give it the highest rank you could.”
―HAMISH NEWALL, AGE 9
“The novel is written in a slightly old-fashioned style that suits its setting (the beginning of the twentieth century), and there were passages where the writing truly soared . . . Intricately plotted and well-written, Atomic Weight starts a bit slowly but truly hits its stride in the last third, when all the stories come together into a whole and the children work as one force to outwit those forces opposing them. The threads left untied at the end are of the ‘ooh, I wonder what happens next’ variety (so different from the ‘argh, what just happened’ kind of ending). It’s an ambitious and complex story. The design is very appealing as well (I particularly loved the gears-and-compasses font used in the chapter headings) and the book is as satisfying to look at as it is to read. The Atomic Weight of Secrets is very likely to appeal to those who loved The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I for one am looking forward to the next installment. A really neat book that was jolly good.”
―YA BOOKS CENTRAL