Monday, June 6, 2016
The Arctic Code by Matthew Kirby
Welcome to one of my favorite days- Middle Grade Monday! Today I am sharing The Arctic Code by Matthew J Kirby.
Eleanor refuses to think her mom is dead, and she stows away on a plane bound for Alaska. Making her way to her mother's research lab, she uses all her wits to keep from freezing and unlock her mother's secrets. However, a large corporation has taken over her mother's work, and they will do anything to find the source of energy that her mom discovered before she went missing.
I really enjoyed this book, mostly because it took be by surprise when the big secret about the freeze comes out at the end. It was not what I was thinking and adds a great sci-fi twist. Kids will enjoy reading about Eleanor and her bravery. From the get go she risks her life doing stunts other kids would avoid. So, when she heads off to the Arctic, the plot works. She is smart and determined, and able to discern the character of others.
Just reading about Eleanor's risks to save her mom make a great story, but the ending makes this book an even better one. Why? Because it opens up a whole other adventure and direction that makes your imagination soar. I'm giving this one 5 stars!