A sibling at last! But things go very wrong as Katie and David wait for their parents to return from far-off Katkajan with their adoptive sister. After their parents’ invention of “Rover” (whatever it is) was sold to the government, the Bowden family had moved from their tiny, creaky house into a large comfortable home.
Soon, the new Katkajanian nanny trades her sensible shoes for army boots and camo, as dozens of strange people fill their house. Confirming that their parents and new baby sister are now political hostages, the nanny warns Katie and David against contacting the police and imprisons the 12 year old twins in their own basement!
Can the twins escape and find a way to travel to their uncle’s mountain hideaway in Vermont? Would the co-inventor of “Rover” be able to locate their parents…before it’s too late? Will they ever be able to cuddle the little sister they’ve been waiting for so long?
Ferocious guard dogs and bold rats in abandoned houses are not the only beastly things that Katie and David must evade in order to travel north, with no money, no cellphone, and no way of knowing if their uncle can really help them - if they can even find him! Nonstop action and peril fill this story of two resourceful young people faced with a long journey, a tight deadline, and an uncertain future.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA
Exciting adventure book for tweens, The Secret of Rover is a sure hit. This action book is a cross between Alex Rider adventures and a modern day Nancy Drew. Twins David andKatie live happily with their parents Sandra and Alan Bowden until the Bowdens travelto Katkajan to adopt baby Theodosa.
Once there, the Bowdens and their new baby are kidnapped. Katie and David stay stateside with a nanny, Trixie, from Katkajan hired to watch them in their parent's absence. Their parents thought having a Katkajanian nanny would help the adopted baby feel at home. But this nanny is evil -- the kids soon find out that Trixie isn't there to watch over them, she is there to steal from them and snoop into their parents' computers.
As Trixie becomes more dangerous and more Katkajanians show up at their home, the kids know they are in real trouble. After the bad guys dump them in a rat-infested house in their old, pre-millionaire, tumble-down neighborhood, Katie and David manage to escape and are on the run.
They decide to find Uncle Alex and seek his help to find their missing parents. Years before, their mom and dad along with Uncle Alex developed a secret creation that they sold for millions to the U.S. government. Uncle Alex was in love at the time, and no one knows why but he left civilization and became a sort of hermit in Vermont.
It's hard to be on the run when you're only twelve. The police will find two twelve-year old kids traveling alone suspicious; storekeepers will ask questions, and the foreign bad guys are still following them.
The kids are captivating, quick-thinking, brave, and incredibly creative at solving problems on the road. The secret of Rover will be revealed and it will save everyone.
Great fun and spectacular adventure, The Secret of Rover will delight readers who enjoy adventure and espionage books.
Highly recommended Grades 4-8. 368 pages Recommended by Pamela Thompson, MLIS, Library Media Specialist
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