Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Mowll, Joshua.
Cambridge : Candlewick Press, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 0763626341
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The year: 1920
The place: Shanghai
The protagonists: Becca and Doug MacKenzie, aged 15 and 13, respectively
Their mission: To locate their parents, gone missing from a top-secret expedition
Their uncle: Captain Fitzroy MacKenzie
His mission: To save the world by hunting down the world’s stores of highly potent zoridium
                     and taking it out of enemy hands
Ship’s cat: Duchess, a rare white Bengal tiger
The enemy: The evil Sheng Fat and his dastardly henchmen

Written in manual format (it even has a built-in elastic bookmark), and interspersed with Becca’s diary entries, this highly intriguing adventure story reads like a genuine accounting of a very complex and dangerous expedition. Highly detailed drawings, maps, tables and diagrams add to the illusion that this tale could really be true.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Secret societies -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.
                        Ships -- Fiction.
                        China -- History -- 1912-1928 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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