At the Bottom of the World

At the Bottom of the World (Jack and the Geniuses, #1)At the Bottom of the World
by Bill Nye
Grades 3 & up

Jack refers to his two foster siblings as “the geniuses.” The three of them ended up in the same foster home several years back and by working together were able to declare themselves emancipated minors, even though Jack and Ava are just 12 and Matt is 15. Through several fortunate coincidences, they discover that eccentric inventor Henry (Hank) Witherspoon is living nearby, and are ecstatic when he takes them all on as apprentices. When he asks them to join him on a trip to Antarctica to judge a desalination project, they are beyond thrilled. Once they get there it is not what they expected. Hank’s friend has disappeared and they become embroiled in the mystery of what her secret discovery was and how to find her. Contains a lot of facts about Antartica seamlessly woven throughout the story, some historical but mostly what life is like for researchers living there now. A strong start to a new series. Highly recommended for grades 3 & up.

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