Monday, November 3, 2014

Around the World in 100 Days by Gary Blackwood

Harry Fogg, son to the famous Phileas Fogg, has caught automotive fever. With his friend, Johnny, they have constructed a steam-powered motorcar they call the Flash. After several unfortunate accidents with the car, Harry impulsively agrees to a wager to drive the Flash around the world in 100 days. Besides Harry and Johnny, two other passengers come along for the trip: Charles Hardiman—son to one of the men who set up the wager—and Elizabeth—an independent but mysterious journalist. Travelling together they may either make or break the Harry's wager.

Blackwood acknowledges that this is a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1873 story, Around the World in 80 Days. This trip takes longer than his father’s because Harry can only use his motorcar’s power to get him to his destination, except on water. Besides Harry’s adventurous trip, Blackwood addresses more sobering topics such as racism and rebellion against technology. Blackwood even adds extra background on the closed life of Phileas Fogg by explaining how Phileas gained his wealth and what happened to his parents. Overall, the story is a fun, fast-paced read that will have readers cheering on Harry and his gang as they circumnavigate the globe.

(Full review found on The Children's Book and Play Review:

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