August 28, 2010

Steel Trapp: The Challenge - by Ridley Pearson

Steel Trapp is the anti-Alex Rider, but that's not a bad thing.  Where Alex is a cool, handsome, athletic boy, Steel is a scrawny science nerd with big glasses. In this first book of the series, Steel finds himself on the train from Chicago to Washington, D.C. for the National Science Challenge, where he will present his invention.  Along the way he discovers a mysterious briefcase, gets in the middle of an FBI investigation, becomes the target of a deadly violent gang, and has to find a way to not only survive, but take out the enemies with the help of his new friend, a young female fellow nerd whose experiment was stolen, and who has hit the road to find the culprit.

Together these two kids get into a heap of trouble, outsmart both the bad guys and the good guys, and use their intelligence and scientific knowledge to save the day.  This is a fast-paced book, and the series offers all of the excitement and intrigue of Alex Rider with a fraction of the violence.  Add to that some very interesting scientific inventions, and this is a winner for those who enjoy a good action-packed series.

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