Author: David H. Burton
Publication: David H. Burton (November 2, 2010)
Description: Two dads, five siblings, and goggles! Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.
My Thoughts: This was an exciting, middle grade, steampunk adventure. Grim, along with his siblings, dads, and Aunt Patrice return to another world from Earth. The dads and Aunt Patrice had fled the world because they were under attack. The attackers have traced them to Earth now. The children were left in an orphanage to protect them while the fathers continued with the Resistance.
The kids learn about all sorts of different sorts of beings including changelings, gargoyles and sylphs. Many people also have a lot of metal parts. In the orphanage, the children are treated as servants and forced to do many unpleasant chores and are given awful food to eat. They are picked on by the regular students. But, even so, Grim is pleased to learn about many of the gadgets that are in this world. He even uses spare parts to make himself a mechanical spider that is his pet.
There are numerous dangers the kids have to face. The worst of the dangers is a disease that is sweeping through the school and that seems to be caused by a potion. Grim and a companion have to search for a jinn to get some of his blood to use for the cure but jinns are very rare and not easily summoned.
This was an interesting story. It was exciting and well written. My one problem with it is that it seems to only be available as an ebook. I don't know any middle schoolers who have ereaders.
Ellen smiled a toothy grin. At the age of six, she still had all her baby teeth. She held up the doll. Its head had been ripped off; and not cleanly at that.I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Grim rolled his eyes. Ellen was the other female sibling in the house, and the closest thing to a serial killer among the lot.