December 10, 2009

The Prometheus Project: Trapped by Douglas E. Richards

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The Prometheus Project: Trapped

by Douglas E. Richards

(DNA Press)

Getting scientific principles across to kids is tough but Richards succeeds in doing just that in The Prometheus Project: Trapped.  The best part is that it all takes place within a fictional story.

Ryan and Regan may be many things but they are not happy campers.  Their family has moved cross-country to an isolated home where they know no one.  Their parents work all hours.  The kids are bored.  Bored.  BORED.  Is it any surprise when they get into trouble?

The trouble they get into arises when they decide to see what it is their parents are up to, breaking several different codes to bypass a variety of high-tech forms of security.  Good thing too because the two interfering children manage to save the day in an alien city.

How does the author pull off the teaching aspect without having it be preachy?  Ryan and Regan observe facts, make theories, test them and then revise as needed.  They live the science involved and make it work for them.  Readers learn about the scientific method without a single lesson being involved.


I have to admit  — I cringed when it became obvious time travel was involved.  Time travel presents a host of difficulties for the author but Richards makes the solution work within the story, setting up the possibilities well in advance so nothing seems jarring.

An excellent choice for science loving kids or those who love daring adventure.   Want to know more?  Check out the author’s site.


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