The Eureka Key by Sarah L. Thomson
(Secrets of the Seven)

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...his quirkiness is enough to keep know-it-all Martina and bland Theo (apparently the only character of color among them) from robbing the story of life, but it’s not enough to compensate for the tired setup and plotting.
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When middle school puzzle master Sam and history wiz Martina win a contest for a summer trip across the US, they discover they've been drafted into something vastly more extraordinary. Joining another kid on the trip, Theo, a descendant of George Washington himself, they must follow clues to find seven keys left behind by the Founding Fathers. Together the keys unlock Benjamin Franklin's greatest invention--a secret weapon intended to defend the country. Each key is hidden in a unique location around the U.S., protected with puzzles, riddles, and traps. This has kept the weapon safe . . . until now! Gideon Arnold, a dangerous descendant of the infamous Benedict Arnold, is on the chase.

In competition with Arnold and his thugs to reach the artifacts first, Sam, Martina, Theo, and readers must use their wits to solve ingenious puzzles, escape death-by-booby-trap, and, by the end of the series, save our nation by uncovering many of its greatest secrets.
 

About Sarah L. Thomson

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Sarah L. Thomson is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including Imagine a Day; all the Wildlife Conservation Society I Can Read Books, such as Amazing Tigers!, winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; and The Dragon's Son, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. She has also written in the bestselling Warriors series under a pseudonym. She lives in Portland, Maine. Visit her online at www.sarahlthomson.com.
 
Published April 5, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 240 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Below average
on Jan 20 2016

...his quirkiness is enough to keep know-it-all Martina and bland Theo (apparently the only character of color among them) from robbing the story of life, but it’s not enough to compensate for the tired setup and plotting.

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