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Gr 5-8–Phileas Fogg made the voyage in 80 days, and in this imaginative historical adventure his son, Harry Fogg, has made a wager of his own. In 1891, the exuberant young man has bet that he can circle the globe in a steam-powered automobile–the Flash–in 100 days. There's much more at stake in this challenge than just the &`-pound-;6,000 prize. Free-spirited Harry is determined to prove that the automobile is the transportation mode of the future. His rigid and regimented father has reluctantly agreed to cover the cost of the wager, but there's a condition: if Harry wins, he can pursue his motorcar dreams, but if he loses, he must get serious and pursue a professional career that his father deems more befitting an English gentleman. Accompanied by his gifted but quirky mechanic; an abrasive, foppish “minder” who's there to make sure the rules of the wager are followed; and an intriguing female reporter, Harry and his crew face many obstacles. Some are natural, some mechanical, and some human. Most troubling is the fact that someone–most likely one of the passengers–is apparently trying to sabotage the Flash. Blackwood's steampunkish romp has a touch of humor and a great deal of heart, which brings readers fully onboard as they feverishly turn pages in this race against the clock.–Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Let the extreme road trip begin: wild man Harry is never one to walk away from a wager. The young man-about-town succumbs to the challenge of mean-spirited businessmen who view him as an easy mark, challenging him to drive his newfangled steam-powered motor car around the world. He can board ships as necessary with the contraption, but he must arrive back in London within 100 days. It’s 1891, and the world does not trust the promise of the automobile. Along with an observer and a journalist, Harry is joined by his trustworthy mechanic, and the unlikely foursome sets forth on a hair-raising adventure. Danger lurks at every turn—Cossacks, kidnappers, and garden-variety outlaws—as do mechanical failures and all manner of mayhem. And who knows if observer Charles and charming journalist Elizabeth are really undercover saboteurs? The journey is fun and suspenseful, and, of course, our hero prevails—barely. Grades 6-9. --Anne OMalley

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525422951
  • ASIN: B0058M5EYC
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,142,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN, and THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He lives near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Gary Blackwood, author of the best-selling Shakespeare Stealer series, brings us a rip-roaring historical adventure in this new release loosely inspired by Jules Verne's classic Around the World in 80 Days.

Our hero is Harry Fogg, son of the Phileas Fogg of Verne's tale. The book opens in 1891 with Harry in jail for reckless driving of his steam-propelled motorcar, The Flash. Harry, whom his parents want to be a proper English gentleman, likes nothing better than tinkering, preferring "gadgets to guns and horseless carriages to horses." But the story really begins at his father's gentleman club, where Harry makes a wager no one thinks he can win--that he can drive his motorcar around the world in 100 days. Since Harry has no money of his own, his father agrees to back the bet, but with a condition--if he loses he must abandon his tinkering and take up a suitable profession for a gentleman.

Soon Harry leaves, accompanied by his boyhood friend, Johnny--a crack mechanic and co-builder of The Flash, and Charles Hardiman, who comes along as an impartial observer to make sure all rules are followed (the vehicle must travel under its own power, except when crossing bodies of water). They are soon joined by a somewhat mysterious girl reporter, Elizabeth. Their travels take them across the Atlantic, then crossing the United States, and on to Asia, driving across China, Siberia, Russia, and then Europe. Needless to say they meet with many adventures and unexpected mishaps, including possible sabotage, upon their route. Will they make it back to London in time to win their bet?

Blackwood incorporates plenty of light-hearted comedy as well as suspense into the story, along with colorful Cossack cavalrymen, bandits, and Indian gentlemen wearing turbans.
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By great game on February 26, 2013
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the book has a good story to it. it had me reading it for hours. . . . . .
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