Book Number 2 of the Copernicus series! I’ll continue my review of The Serpent’s Curse in a minute, but first I learned more about the author.
I didn’t realize that Tony Abbott (the author of this series), is also the author of another series with over 40 books in it. It’s called The Secrets of Droon and follow two boys and a girl who find a magical entrance to the land of Droon in the basement of one of their houses and thus begins many adventures for the three of them. Our library only has one of these books, and it happens to be #20. I know we’ve bought the first book in this series, or I’ve at least seen it in other libraries before, but our library doesn’t have it. So I read book #20, In the Ice Caves of Krog. It was really good, but was definitely for a younger audience. It is for about 3rd grade reading level, and I think that is a good age for this series. The book would be really exciting and fast paced for this age group. I’m sure it’s a great series for young readers who are looking to move up to chapter books.
NOW… back to Copernicus!
These books are written for a 4th-5th grade reading level, but they are really long, so I would say a mature 4th grader. They are also great for adults who want to read good stories that don’t seem to be as predictable as I first thought. They are constantly moving and there is constant action. These children (and various adults around them) are flying all over Europe and some of Asia in this latest book. We begin in New York, where they were headed to when the last book ended. Although, I discovered that there was a smaller book in between books 1 and 2, but I don’t think I missed much by not reading it.
Here come the spoilers…
The entire story line of the series is that Copernicus invented and used a time machine and then decided it didn’t ever need to be used again so he took the machine apart and sent the 12 relics from the machine to people he knew who would guard them and pass them down from guardian to guardian. So far, it seems that each book will be about one of the relics. In the first book, it was pretty straightforward for this type of book and it went about like I expected. The kids, and Wade’s dad, got the first relic and started the search for the second one. This second book, however, doesn’t follow what I thought would be the standard form of each book. They do spend the whole book looking for the second relic and during the search for the relic, and Darrell’s mom (who’s been kidnapped by the Order), they fly all over Russia and even to Venice and London once or twice. However, I fully expected them to get the second relic at the end of the book and follow it to the third one and so on… BUT… the Order ends up with the relic at the end and they end the book being kind of unsure where to go next because without the second relic, they aren’t sure how to find the third. They do come up with a plan before the book ends, so I’m sure that’s where the third one will begin, but something else happened at the end that I’m not sure about and I guess that’s why you’d need to keep reading. To find out how Becca ended up going back in time, but not really. I think there are 4 books in this series so far, and I think in between each book there is a smaller book about one of the kids. The book I missed in between 1 and 2 was about Wade, and I think the one between 2 and 3 is about Becca. I do want to keep reading these books, but they aren’t in our library and the reason I read them to begin with was because I’m trying to read all of the Children’s Fictions books in our library. So, I’ll request that the library purchase the rest of the series and see if that becomes a possibility. We will see… in the mean time, feel free to see what I’m reading next from the library over at my goodreads account!
Library Challenge Book Count: 3 total