November 2015, Indigo Sea Press, 106 pages, Ebook, Review copy
Content: lots of science, major peril
Summary from Indigo Sea Press
Amy, Amanda, Marshall, and Ziggy expect their middle school to be empty on Saturday morning so they can get ready for the regional science fair. They don't expect a botched experiment to attract a horde of time-displaced ancient Mayans when their unusual science advisor, Frederick Froth, goes missing. Now the four must use their must use their unique science skills and work together as they grapple with a Mayan War god, the Dark Rift and the principles of science to rescue Mr. Froth.
R M's work is filled with action and exciting themes. Even though occasionally my eyes glazed over at the science side of the adventure, R M makes it so interesting that it gets full marks from me. I loved getting to know Amy, Amanda, Marshall and Ziggy, who don't always get on in this time travelling, space bending adventure. Their disagreements impacted their actions, which are frequently brave when dealing with very real and angry Mayans in their school.
There's ever so much thought into the scientific side of the story and how it creates the hostile environment which the friends find themselves in. Being naturally competitive it isn't always easy for them to work together, but needs must in order to save their science advisor and in essence the world. I mean, if the Mayans make it outside the school so much chaos will happen, but Ziggy and co use their science experiments whose principles they know inside out as well as their hearts to bring the story to a dramatic end.
I've never particpated in or been to a science fair (it might happen here in the UK, but I know more about it from US books/films.), but it does sound fun, if a little competitive. R M makes it sound highly appealing, minus the Mayan invasion!
Find out more on R M's website.