From School Library Journal
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
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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