Title: The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black (The Young Inventors Guild #2)
Author: Eden Unger Bowditch
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Release Date: September 24, 2013
The note read simply: They Will Be On The Train…
It has been mere days since the brilliant children of the Young Inventors Guild slipped through the fingers of the horrible Komar Romak. They have escaped with their lovely and caring schoolteacher, Miss Brett; with their long-absent parents; and with their bizarre captors, or protectors, or both – the Mysterious Men in Black. Now they are traveling by train, destined for parts unknown.
But a note in the hands of a dead man in a New York tunnel guarantees that safety is but an illusion. When the children’s world is blown open, life will never be the same again.
The children – Jasper and Lucy Modest, from London; Wallace Banneker, from New York; Noah Canto-Sagas, from Toronto; and Faye Vigyanveta, from New Delhi – soon find themselves in the ancient Italian village of Solemano and being pulled ever deeper into a centuries old mystery. As they maneuver ever closer to the truth of the Mysterious Men in Black, and turn out new inventions and gadgets to help on their quest one terrible fact remains clear:
Komar Romak is still out there. He is still after them, for reasons they cannot begin to imagine. And he knows exactly where they are…
From the rolling plains of America to the wide-open waters of the Atlantic, through the Strait of Gibraltar to the remarkable village in the hills of Abruzzo, Italy, The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black, the second book of the Young Inventors Guild trilogy, is an adventure like no other.
When we enter the world of a book, we bring our own visions of each character as we read. Sometimes these images are strong and remain firm. Other times we can be swayed by impressions we have or share with others. With the looming film creation of The Atomic Weight of Secrets, the first Young Inventors Guild book, I often find myself searching my head and looking at faces of actors who might fall into the character roles. I see actor friends, both well-known and yet unknown, and people I see on the street. To be honest, I am torn between a totally anonymous yet brilliant cast, and the wonderful familiar actors swimming in my head.
I have times when I can imagine different faces of Miss Brett or Faye or Dr. Banneker and each face, each image, brings a slightly different character with it. Each actor will make the character his or her own so, depending on who will play the parts, the film could be significantly different.
I would love to see cameos, of great, recognizable, but unexpected actors playing the various strange and mysterious men in black. It would be fun to have the credits role with familiar names in the oddest of places.
And it would be fun to have characters from the Young Inventors Guild story played by some of the actors out there who are closet inventors or scientists or academics. Natalie Portman or Kate Beckinsale as Miss Brett? Colin Firth as Tobias Modest? Ed Norton as Clarence Canto-Saga? Who knows?
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About the Author
Eden Unger Bowditch created the Young Inventors Guild series, inspired by her son's disappointment in the impossibility of the magic found in young adult novels. She wanted to tell a story about science—the kind of magic that’s all around, and the kind people can actually do. Growing up in Chicago, Eden later lived both in Los Angeles, Paris, Baltimore, and in Egypt with her husband and three children. She is the author of several nonfiction books about her longtime hometown, Baltimore, and has been a journalist, a welder, an editor, and musician.
For more information, visit: http://www.younginventorsguild.com