Synopses & Reviews
Tom Edison doesn't want his family to leave Yonkers, NY after his father loses his job. But it looks like Wichita will be his new home in two weeks no matter what.
Tom won't go without a fight though--especially after he discovers a clue to a centuries-old family secret. His famous namesake, Thomas Edison, had discovered the secret formula for changing metal into gold.
Now on a desperate search for the key to this monumental scientific discovery, Tom and his friends will have to rely on each other to unlock this mystery and keep Tom's family from moving.
Full of gadgetry, historical rivalries, secret societies, and bad guys galore, Geoff Watson's EDISON'S GOLD is a thrilling adventure for middle-grade readers.
"A decades-old rivalry between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla seeps into the lives of their modern-day descendants in this spirited debut. Bighearted seventh-grader Tom Edison IV creates disasters more often than inventions: 'Even when he was in trouble, his mind was a distracted flurry of explosions and ideas.' When his father is laid off and the family faces moving from New York to Kansas, Tom desperately seeks a way to keep his life intact. After yet another accident, he uncovers the first in a string of riddles that mention a secret group called the Sub Rosa, dedicated to protecting Edison's secret alchemical formula for turning metal into gold. Crisscrossing New York City with friends Noodle and Colby, 'he was going to do whatever it took to unlock its secrets and prove to the world that the Edison name was not a punch line but a badge of honor.' Unfortunately, Tesla's great-grandson is onto them. Watson's novel is a fun ride, filled with kidnappings, close friendships, and inventions. The open-ended finale indicates that a sequel can be anticipated. Ages 8 12. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Full of gadgetry, historical rivalries, secret societies, and bad guys galore, "Edison's Gold" follows the adventures of Tom Edison, the 13-year-old great-great-grandson of America's greatest inventor.
About the Author
At age seven, Geoff Watson made a modest literary splash with his first novel, Ninja Turtles Versus Superman. His mother called it "haunting, a masterpiece," and it gained a cult following within his family. Following this debut effort, Geoff suffered a twenty-three-year writer's block that finally ended with Edison's Gold. He lives and works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, CA.