The Prometheus Project: Trapped Paperback – April 1, 2005
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This adventure will keep kids turning the pages. . . perfect for middle grades. -- Sandy Meagher, Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine
. . . fun and suspensful. Highly recommended. -- Kirkus Discoveries
A fabulous, exciting book - needs to be included in the summer reading program for every school. -- Tracy Saunders, teacher at Solana Highlands Elementary School in California, December 15, 2004
A thriller that you won't put down until you've reached the last page. -- Kids' Picks, Odyssey Magazine (Award-winning magazine for children ages 10-16)
This is a story that kids 11-13 year old can relate to . . . nonstop action adventure . . . you really can't put the book down for long. A thrilling read. . . the author has done a good job of adressing many of the California science standards. -- California Science Teachers Association, CA Classroom Science Journal
“Highly recommended for both boys and girls, 9 to 13. . . .wonderful and unique. . .” -- Discovery Journey, “World Class” Rating - Rating given to books considered “one of the best available.”; 2005
- Publisher : Dna Press (April 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 180 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0974876542
- ISBN-13 : 978-0974876542
- Reading age : 9 - 12 years
- Grade level : 4 - 7
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,087,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The world created by Mr. Richards is an exceptionally enchanting place, while at the same time there is the overlying sense of danger lurking just out of sight. When the two main characters, brother, and sister, set out to explore and adventure into the vast unknown of this new world, their encounters fascinating, exciting and filled with the promise of even greater things yet to come. It's gratifying to see two characters so young and yet so wise come into the story. It's a definite reflection of the result of their living with parents who engaged in some very intense parenting. I loved that aspect of the benefits of education. I will eagerly read the other books in the series. I am inspired to further encourage my young teen to learn about the romance of power of her mind.
Wonderful main characters who make being smart, cool! Who says a brother and sister can’t get along? Check out this book. You won’t want to put it down until you reach the exciting conclusion and then only to order the sequel!
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
Clearly aimed at children, and after I had read the book, my 10 year old daughter devoured this happily, before my 15 year old read it aloud to our 5 year old, who was equally enthralled. The structure is good throughout, the dialogue is nicely levelled and uncomplicated, and there is a good level of educational information included.
Character Development - 3.5/5.0 (Good)
It is easy to look for something that isn't really meant to be there, and in this case I did feel that too many of the adult characters lacked any development at all, though at the same time, I am very aware that my children were in no way interested whether they had strong characters or not.
The brother and sister at the centre of the story do develop reasonably well. Certainly more than enough for the progression of the story.
Descriptive - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
There is a lot of good, solid descriptive work here, which serves to pull the reader along the simple-but-effective plot very nicely indeed. The creative processes must have been working overtime to come up with a lot of the stuff included in the location that is Prometheus, and it is impressively done from start to finish. This, and the severe contrast between Prometheus and the town of Brewster, are executed with a high degree of competence.
Language & Grammar - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
For an adult reading this to a child, the language allows unbroken narrative which is easy for a wide variety of age-groups to enjoy. Word selection is considered and again, serves to support both narrative and quiet solo reading.
Plot - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good) - MINOR SPOILERS
The plot is simple but very well executed. There is a nice educational undercurrent to the whole work, which makes it the sort of book that does serve a positive purpose for the younger readers. I have seen comments which suggest there was perhaps a little too much, but really? Would you not rather have your kids reading something they find both enjoyable and educational?
Yes, it is a stereotypical kids book, where the kids outdo the adults, save everyone and get all the rewards, but I was impressed by the way the author accomplished all of this so well.
General - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
This is a great children's book, but if you look beyond the obvious basic science stuff, adults can enjoy this story for what it is.
A much deserved 4 stars.
From figuring out the password puzzles in the first chapters of the book; simple experiments to discover if water is safe to drink; or if the aliens they run across are friend or foe; the book finds great ways to incorporate really interesting science facts without taking away from the story. There were actually quite a few things they figured out that I wouldn't have known myself!
Definitely a good read - could use a little more depth in the characters - but with the age range it is intended for, I predict a lot of happy adventure readers with a new respect for science experiments.
Top reviews from other countries
Even though it is aimed at teenagers, I think it appeals to a far wider age range.