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. Volume XVI Number 4. . . .September 25, 2009
The Island of Mad Scientists, the third in “The Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones” series, with the previous volumes being The Strictest School in the World and The Faceless Fiend. For the adventures in which the book’s characters find themselves enmeshed, they could blame Sherlock Holmes. It was his idea that they all run away. He knew Princess Purnah was still in danger. This is why Aunt Lucy, Professor Bellbuckle, Lal Singh, Emmaline and Robert decide it’s best to take Princess Purnah to Italy. But they never get to Italy. They arrive at the Island of Urgghh- but all at different times, and by different means. The island should be safe, as it’s inhabited by scientists, but overlooking the island is the Collector. He collects scientists (and runaway princesses if the price is right). He sees a spot in his alphabetized collection of scientists where Emmaline and Robert (two young aviation pioneers) will fit, and he has the spies and thugs to capture them. Robert is called Rubberbones because he is ‘indestruckable’ [sic], but on this trip, he will need the help of science and his friends.
Right now, the Collector has Dr. Freud, Van Helsing, and Nikola Telsa working in his dungeon. They are just three of the many scientists he has kidnapped. Next he wants 14-year old Emmaline Cayley and 12-year-old Robert “Rubberbones” Burns. Fortunately for the Collector, they are traveling to the island he spies on with his telescope. He wants Emmaline and Robert for his dungeon, but when he finds out they are traveling with a runaway student from the “most unpleasant” boarding school in the world, he decides he wants her too. If he catches her, he will be rewarded by the school authorities. It will be difficult to follow Emmaline, Robert and Princess Purnah (the runaway student) though because they are traveling with Aunt Lucy, Professor Bellbuckle and Lal Singh the butler. While with Professor Bellbuckle, Emmaline will find herself on a pirate ship dodging icebergs and exploding boilers. While with Aunt Lucy, Princess Purnah will be in disguise pretending to be a ghost. She’ll have to travel by train and then jump off ( while the train is doing thirty miles per hour) and befriend a tramp and his cat. The Collector will be happy to see that Robert makes it to the island first, but when Robert becomes friends with some of the other scientists, they teach him about the Transatlantic Passenger Catapult and an anti-gravity alloy. This information, when used properly with Professor Bellbuckle’s explosive skills, will ruin the Collector.
The Island of Mad Scientists is a fun story in which readers can immerse themselves. The characters are kooky, and their adventures last right to the last page.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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