Steel Trapp by Ridley Pearson
The Challenge

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In this riveting thriller, 14-year-old Steven "Steel" Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a 2-day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Competition in Washington, DC. Steel is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory--just one look and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a good Samaritan on the train, he instead becomes embroiled in an ingenious, international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists. Federal agents (first seen in Pearson's adult thriller, Cut and Run) track Steel and his new-found science geek accomplice, Kaileigh Augustine, as they attempt to put together the pieces of a complex puzzle. Using Steel's science contest invention--and with the help of Cairo--Steel and Kaileigh lead readers on an action-packed chase adventure as they attempt to prevent the unimaginable, before it's too late.
 

About Ridley Pearson

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Author Bio: Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has written more than twenty best-selling crime novels including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.
 
Published November 29, 2010 by Disney Hyperion. 338 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Pearson's second solo outing for young audiences resembles his adult thrillers—sans all of the sex and most of the violence—even featuring Federal Agent Roland Larson from Cut and Run (2005) in a supporting role.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

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"Early on in my novel writing, I realized one of the helpful aids would be to craft the books mostly out of fact and bend them to my needs when I need the fiction to take over.

Mar 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

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Ridley Pearson long ago established himself as one of the premier writers of adult crime novels.

Mar 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

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Steel Trapp: The Challenge appears to be the first book in a brand-new young readers series by bestselling author Ridley Pearson.

Mar 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

The Bookbag

There are some holes in the story, too – much mention is made of the briefcase being put in a potentially smelly place, but no-one remarks on it being soiled (completely ironic, given the scenes with Trapp's science fest entry – and would that work with a leather case anyway?).

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

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One think that I did think was very realistic was the fact that Kaileigh was able to get away from her “nanny” and remain undiscovered, I am pretty sure that she would have had trouble travelling on her own and not attract attention at that young of an age.

Oct 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

KidsReads

Steven Trapp’s photographic memory earned him the nickname of Steel because anything and everything he sees gets locked down in his brain like a steel trap.

Jan 18 2010 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

KidsReads

But that’s where Steel is wrong, because he’s incredibly smart --- ingenious even.

Mar 25 2008 | Read Full Review of Steel Trapp: The Challenge

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