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Edison's Gold Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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Grade 5–8—Tom Edison IV, middle-school wannabe inventor and Thomas Edison's great-great grandson, doesn't want his family to leave Yonkers, NY, for Kansas after his father loses his job, so he's determined to find a way for his family to stay. This becomes a possibility after he discovers a clue to a centuries-old family secret related to his famous relative's discovery of the secret formula for changing metal into gold. Tom and his sidekicks Colby and Noodle are on the hunt for it. Along the way they encounter the secret society Sub Rosa (formed by the likes of Edison, Henry Ford, Babe Ruth, Franklin Roosevelt, and others) and must solve mind-boggling clues that lead them through various parts of New York City. Tom isn't the only one after the formula; Nikola Tesla's great-great grandson (who happens to be Tom's dad's former boss) believes that it belongs to him. Rumor has it that Tesla and the first Edison had a major falling out over it, and it ruined Tesla's career. The race is on to see who can solve the puzzle first. It's up to Tom to save his family's name and legacy. Edison's Gold is a fast-paced adventure filled mystery that middle schoolers will like. It's unfortunate that there is no factual note about Edison, Tesla, and whether the Sub Rosa society really existed. The ending leaves room for the possibilities of sequels.—Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
(c) Copyright 2011.  Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Frequently in trouble at school for mishaps involving his inventions, seventh-grader Tom Edison (great-great-grandson of his famous namesake) learns that his father has been fired and must accept a job in a distant city. While hoping to forestall the move and restore his family’s fortunes, Tom discovers a clue that might lead to his ancestor’s greatest discovery, a method for creating gold. He and his two best friends begin a wild treasure hunt as they attempt to solve the mystery and outsmart the bad guys, ironically led by a man descended from Edison’s archenemy, Nikola Tesla. Given the headlong chase from clue to clue and the endless efforts to escape the clutches of Tesla’s wicked descendant and his henchmen, there’s little time for character development, much less reflection. Still, this action-packed novel will fit the bill for readers craving adventure stories in which clever kids take chances and triumph in the end. Grades 4-7. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840948
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,821,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a great book. Although its targeted to kids older than my son, who is 8, he thoroughly enjoyed it. Actually, even though he is a great reader, I read this to him at bedtime over the course of a couple weeks. My son, my daughter, and yes, even I, never wanted to put it down. When it was finished, we immediately checked the web site to see if a sequel had come out yet. This book is a wonderful blend of history and fiction, filled with witty dialogue, clever mystery and intense action. I strongly recommend it.
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A fast-paced, fun read that's a mix of Harry Potter, Encyclopedia Brown, MacGuyver, and Goonies. In one book! I loved all the NYC references and the quirky characters. Kids will get lost in the adventures of Tom, Colby, and Noodle, and pick up a history lesson on the way. It's well-written and, at its heart, sends a great message about friendship, courage, and faith in oneself.
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Really, really fun book. And, with the historical backdrop, you even get a little education thrown in there. My son loved it (also likes Harry Potter, Lightning Thief, etc.) Highly recommend.
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When Tom Edison's father gets laid off, and he's told that their family is moving to Kansas in two weeks, he's desperate to find a way to stay in town with his friends. Ask and you shall receive, as the famous phrase goes.

One night while searching through some old family photos, Tom and his friends, Colby and Noodle, find a riddle and a photographic clue. These clues are the key to a centuries-old family mystery and could save Tom from moving away. Some really bad people, however, are after the three friends - and want whatever the family secret is for themselves.

Can Tom and his friends solve the mystery and stop Tom from having to move to Kansas?

A great adventure for fans of mysteries. The characters are likable and three-dimensional; the plot is entertaining and well-developed. The glimpses into the past lives of Tom's family mixed with present day aren't distracting and only add to the mystery. Those who like adventure, fantasy, action, and mystery stories will enjoy reading EDISON'S GOLD.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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I just finished reading this book to my kids and we ALL loved it! The book says it is for ages 8-12 but it seems a bit complicated for 8 year olds to read with words such as ethereal. That is why I chose to read it to my 8 & 9 year old. Our 12 year old couldn't stand the suspense and finished reading it herself without any trouble. Excellent blend of history and modern day adventure. We're all hoping a sequel is released in the near future.
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