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William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
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Blackthorn Key meets The Da Vinci Code in this award-winning novel about a puzzle-solving genius who is forced to use his skills to face a danger that has been lurking in the background for years. Twelve-year-old William Wenton is a puzzle-solving genius. He lives with his family in a quiet Norwegian town. They used to live in England, but eight years ago his family suddenly packed up, moved away, and even changed their last name! Neither of his parents will offer an explanation or tell William why he has to keep his talent for solving codes and puzzles a secret. But then a special exhibit comes to the local museum: the Impossible Puzzle. The experts say it is unsolvable, but William's sure that he can crack it if he gets a chance. However, when he does, everything begins to go wrong. Suddenly William is whisked off to a strange school filled with robots and kids whose skills are almost as good as his own. But what's really going on? And what's the secret involving William's grandfather? And is there anyone he can trust?
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" . . . this series opener is a gripping story from early on, and the wonky twists and turns ramp up the excitement as readers learn more about William's family and this crazy metal at the core of the drama. . . . any kid who likes ciphers and codes will be drawn in, and there's plenty here to lure them back for the next outing."" ---BCCB "Part "Alex Rider," part "Artemis Fowl," part Da Vinci Code for kids, this title will captivate action and mystery enthusiasts."--School Library Journal "Peers' first novel follows the pattern of many such school and adventure stories--think Hogwarts with robots and carnivorous robotic plants--but there are plenty of twists to keep readers guessing. Appealing, resilient William makes realistic mistakes in judgment that often test that resilience. The crisp narrative will appeal to readers of different levels, and more adventures involving William Wenton will be welcome. Peers' first novel follows the pattern of many such school and adventure stories--think Hogwarts with robots and carnivorous robotic plants--but there are plenty of twists to keep readers guessing. Appealing, resilient William makes realistic mistakes in judgment that often test that resilience. The crisp narrative will appeal to readers of different levels, and more adventures involving William Wenton will be welcome."--Booklist

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