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Arctic Adventure Perfect Paperback – September 13, 2012
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He was a monthly columnist for Toy Shop Magazine for 12 years covering garage kits and genre collectibles. Anthony was a regular contributor and editor for the British magazine Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models International, and contributed a chapter on the Flying Sub miniatures from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea for the book From Sketch to Screen. His articles have appeared in SFX, Video WatcHDog, Fangoria, Screem, Famous Monsters of Filmland, FilmFax, Amazing Figure Modeler, Effects Special, Modeler's Resource, and many other magazines. Anthony also designed and co-edited CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to the Jupiter II as well as CultTVMan's Ultimate Modeling Guide to Classic Sci-Fi Movies.
His website is online at Taylorcosm.com.
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Several adjectives may be applied to Arctic Adventure: well-researched, gripping, spell-binding. Need more.
Anthony Taylor has kept the strong values and humane outlook of the TV show and Verba's earlier novels, but has taken the concept further. He's written a story with maximum appeal for twelves-to-teens, especially those notoriously hard-to-attract boys. The stunning cover art will encourage them to look inside. The balance of science geekery and action-adventure gives the book a powerful edge, and the fact that bespectacled, stammering Brains turns out to be believably good with girls as well as calculations adds extra nerd appeal. The positive messages about acceptance, difference and what each of us can contribute don't overwhelm the story and action, but young readers will finish the book understanding why the Tracy boys love and respect Brains just as much as their father does.
Of course, nobody can write a Thunderbirds story without taking account of the legion of fans whose teens are a distant memory. Those of us who were around when the show was on TV back in the 60s, and have followed its revivals and re-versionings, have nothing to complaint about in this book. It's faithful to the original concepts and characters, and gives us an enjoyable new story. So whether you're an original TV series fan or a parent who wants to encourage the kids to keep reading, this book is a must-buy.
Set in the near future (2060), this one is non-stop and sure to appeal to young adults craving action and suspense combined with sophisticated technology and supersonic air- and spacecraft. It is also family friendly--perfect for younger readers needing something more challenging than juvenile-level stories. As a librarian, I love it when I discover these kinds of gems that I can get into the hands of reluctant readers.
Read-alikes: Alex Rider Series, Young James Bond Series