Sam is back in Edinburgh with his brilliant uncle, inventor Professor Ampersand, and cousins Zara, Ben and friend Marcia. Their efforts to build an experimental flying boat leads to a dramatic discovery - a long-lost secret invention that holds the key to anti-gravity. But a ruthless and sinister organisation will do anything to own the machine and Sam and his friends must stop them at all costs...So begins an adventure of nocturnal museum thefts, encrypted clues, murder cover-ups, mysterious airships and sky-chases over the rooftops of Edinburgh.
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(196mm x 126mm x 15mm)
Faber & Faber
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Ben, Zara, Sam and Marcia return with six of their Professor friends in this sequel to 7 Professors of the Far North (2005). This time, they are helping Amy McAirdrie build an electric plane when they draw the notice of a secret, international, paramilitary organization. The Leader of Noctarma believes the kids and Professors have uncovered the long-lost secret of anti-gravity. They haven't; but once our heroes hear of it, they know they must keep it from the clutches of villains like Noctarma. The race is on to find the real silver turtle. The kids succeed with a little adult help, and the world is safe again. Unfortunately, there's no depth to the characters here. The children, save details of their pasts, are interchangeable as are the Professors. However, the action is swift, and the James Bondian gadgets abound. If spy adventure readers don't mind a little coincidence-driven plot, they will be in heaven. Fans of the first will definitely want this one, and will hope for future escapades. (Fiction. 9-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - John Fardell
John Fardell works as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, designer and puppeteer. A regular contributor to Viz (he is the creator of The Modern Parents and The Critics amongst others), his work has also appeared in the Independent, the Evening Standard, the New Statesman, the Glasgow Herald and the List. He is married with two boys and lives in Edinburgh.