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The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious... by Eden Unger Bowditch
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Mar 01, 2011

really liked it
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Read from March 16 to April 07, 2011

This book was very cute, each chapter had two names in a style similar to the title of the book. There were also little black and white illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. I really enjoyed Ms. Bowditch's writing, I felt like the book was being narrated in a way similar to that of Tim Burton films (with that whimsical male voice). The "Men in Black" as the children call them wear the most bizarre attire imaginable, they wear anything from bunny ears to sombreros to holding a teddy bear and sucking on their thumb or even wearing black sleeping masks (while driving). The children are all geniuses, they have all been working on their own project when they realize that they can combine them all to make one major/thrilling/world-changing invention that may also help them escape from the Men in Black and rescue their parents. After a series of incidents, like when a man shows up to Sole Manner Farm demanding to know about the invention they are working on, they children start questioning whether or not they really are in danger or if their parents have been kidnapped at all. After all, the Men in Black have never harmed the children and have given them everything they could possibly need, but they don't answer any of their questions and are always patrolling the area where the children are. Every weekend the children get to go "home" where they are neighbors and live with their nannies (who also don't have answers for them). As they get nearer to finishing their invention they find someone (or some people) who might be able to help them... The book was at first a little difficult to get into but after a while it it gained it's own rhythm. If you or a young reader you know are into science and math read then I recommend this book. The ending was sweet and semi-satisfying or I will have to read Book Two very soon!
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03/16/2011 page 7
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04/05/2011 page 150
47.0% "This book is cute."
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