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An exhilarating underwater adventure awash with action and atmosphere
What an awesome idea from Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson - a wildly inventive, academy-set underwater adventure inspired by Jules Verne's seminal Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Teeming with peril, pacey action, magnificent marine-life, and characters readers will really root for, it’s a rip-roaring, classic-style adventure, with added contemporary flair, funniness and emotional resonance that will hook even the most reluctant of readers.
Ana and her older brother Dev are students at Harding-Pencroft Academy, an institution that seeks to create the world’s top marine scientists, navigators, and underwater explorers. Orphaned a few years ago, Ana is about to finish her freshman year with a trial at sea when the trip is derailed by an earthshattering event. Then, as Ana fears for her brother’s life, it emerges that a rival school might have something to do with said shattering event, and so waves of high-stakes danger are unleashed.
Brimming with emotional intrigue relating to the siblings’ heritage (they’re descended from none other than Captain Nemo himself), and driven by top-notch dialogue and all-out action scenes, this underwater thriller - the first in a series - is a winner for fans of cinematic adventure stories.
From the creator of Percy Jackson, bestselling author Rick Riordan, comes a brand-new adventure, inspired by Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.
But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. But now the heat is on and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.
Rick Riordan's trademark humour, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.
|Publication date:||5th October 2021|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, School Stories, Science Fiction|
|Collections:||Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,|
A World Book Day Author 2019 Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman. Rick Riordan is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and ...More About Rick Riordan