Samphire, Patrick Secrets of the Dragon Tomb 326 pgs. Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt and Company), 2016. $16.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: PG
In this vaguely steampunk adventure a 12 year old named Edward is living on the planet of Mars with his family. They live an old fashioned British style with robots and machines and of course, native martians. When Edwards parents are kidnapped by an evil man intent on discovering the Dragon Tomb. Its going to be up to Edward, his sisters, and his cousin Freddie to rescue them but they will face many dangers along the way.
This story was a big too kooky and nonsensical for me to buy into, it just wasn’t a believable world. The author does a great job of building believable characters and relationships (with the nasty exception of the cousins becoming engaged). It had elements of steampunk and sci-fi that might appeal to readers. I didn’t enjoy reading this book however, it was long and silly, and very British (which isn’t my cup of tea).
EL– OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.