Steel Trapp: The Challenge – Ridley Pearson

steel trapp

In this riveting thriller, 14-year-old Steven “Steel” Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a 2-day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Competition in Washington, DC. Steel is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory–just one look and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a good Samaritan on the train, he instead becomes embroiled in an ingenious, international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists. Federal agents track Steel and his new-found science geek accomplice, Kaileigh Augustine, as they attempt to put together the pieces of a complex puzzle. Using Steel’s science contest invention–and with the help of Cairo–Steel and Kaileigh lead readers on an action-packed chase adventure as they attempt to prevent the unimaginable, before it’s too late.

There were parts of this book that were very riveting, but there were also parts that dragged for me.  Some of it was predictable.  I think that if you are looking for a thrilling escape this will fit the bill, but there are other books out there that you might enjoy more.  Try the Alex Rider series.  – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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