Race to the Bottom of the Sea

Race to the Bottom of the Sea

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Can a clever young inventor uncover a ruthless pirate’s heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees. When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief — and guilt. It was a submarine of Fidelia’s invention that her parents were in when they died, and it was she who pressed them to stay out longer when the raging Undertow was looming. But Fidelia is forced out of her mourning when she’s kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of treasons stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor. But as Fidelia and the pirates close in on the prize, with the navy hot on their heels, she realizes that Merrick doesn’t expect to live long enough to enjoy his loot. Could something other than black-hearted greed be driving him? Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents — and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it’s too late?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763679231
Branch Call Number: Ju F Eag


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I found this story interesting and the end seemed fitting. The main character in the story is 11-year-old Fidelia Quail. At the beginning of the book her parents, famous marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in an accident. A little while later, she is kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, who is the most notorious pirate to ever sail the sea. He wants her to retrieve his treasure from the ocean floor. The pirates then sail off with her and she soon discovers that the more to Merrick the monstrous than most people think.
I liked the story in this book; it was well thought out and interesting. I also liked the way Merrick was portrayed as a character. It gave you just enough insight to realize that, hey this guy isn’t just you average, black hearted, and greedy pirate. The main thing I disliked about this book was that at some points it felt slow, like the story was just dragging out. Sometimes it felt like it went on and on and on about one thing, to a point where it had me wondering when the book was going to move on.
I think someone who likes adventure and reading about pirates would enjoy this book. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
(Reviewed by Josh H. for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject.)

Jul 15, 2018

This book fed all my desires for adventures at sea without having to leave my Minnesota home. What wonderful story telling! This adventure had me hooked, and I'm 26 years old!


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