âThe Prometheus Project: Trappedâ by Douglas E. Richards is geared toward middle graders. Obviously, at 32, I'm a little outside that age group, but as a mom of two I think that I can âread like a child' (if that makes sense).
In âTrappedâ Ryan and Regan Resnick are forced by their parents to move to Beaverton, PA, âthe middle of nowhere' according to the children. After 6 weeks of boredom the kids are ready for adventure and boy do they find it! I don't want to give away too much, but these kids get into (and cleverly out of) some trouble. The great thing (in my opinion) is the science back in science fiction.
Mr. Richards has a master's degree in genetic engineering (and business). He is the father of two and wrote Trapped, as well as its sequel Captured, for his children after being unable to find an engaging sci-fi series for this age group.
I highly recommend this book for all middle school libraries. If you have a middle schooler that is into science or sci-fi, buy this book. If you have a reluctant reader who has an interest in science or adventure stories, buy this book.
Mr. Richards is currently working on an adult thriller and another kid's thriller not set in the Prometheus Project universe. He hopes to write additional Prometheus Project books in the future as well.
Ryan and Regan can't believe their scientist parents made them move from San Diego to the total snoozefest of Pennsylvania practically overnight just so they can work at a boring science corporation, Proact. But when they accidentally overhear their parents talking, they realize there may be more to Proact than meets the eye, and they're determined to find out!
This is well-done middle grade scifi. At the center of the story are the sibling couple, and they are realistically portrayed without going too cheesy or too aggressive. They are just two normal siblings who bicker sometimes but love each other. The science is worked into the book quite well, and kids will definitely come away from this having learned something without quite realizing it. The ending has a twist that even I didn't see coming, so I think kids will enjoy that.
I did think that the descriptions of the characters were a bit lacking as they focused a bit too much on hair and eye color to the exclusion of other things. Additionally, the book feels a bit short for the content/grade level.
Overall I think if you have middle grade reading level kids who like science, mysteries, or scifi you should feel completely confident in handing them this book.
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