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The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon (edition 2012)

by S. S. Taylor, Katherine Roy (Illustrator)

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Title:The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon
Authors:S. S. Taylor
Other authors:Katherine Roy (Illustrator)
Info:McSweeney's McMullens
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, Read in 2013

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The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon by S.S. Taylor



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I found the story of Zander, Kit, and MK full of imagination and adventure. Seeing them figure out the puzzles left behind by their father, and imaging the world that Ms. Taylor creates made this a great read. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Oct 5, 2015 |
The Expeditioners is the story of three siblings, Zander, Kit, and M.K. West. Each sibling has a different strength - Zander is brave, Kit is smart and good with maps, and M.K. is great at taking things apart and putting them back together so they work. The West children's mother died when M.K. was a baby, and their father, an Explorer, disappeared recently; the children were informed of his death by the government and have been living on their own ever since. Their adventure begins when Kit is approached by a strange man with a clockwork hand and a strange tattoo in the marketplace; the man gives him a book that contains a code, which Kit cracks to find half a map his father had hidden in the house. The map is of a part of northern Arizona, and Zander wants to head there immediately, but Kit wants to find out more first. They travel to Manhattan, sneak into the Expedition Society, and meet Sukey Neville, who becomes an ally on their journey. They find the second half of the map and escape, closely tailed by government agents and an ex-friend of their father's, and head for Drowned Man's Canyon, where they believe they will find long-lost gold treasure.

This is the first steampunk novel I've read, and I liked it very much. It was also an exciting adventure novel with a journey built in, and eventually the West kids discover a bigger secret than they expected. The Expeditioners reminded me of Gregor the Overlander, but above-ground. ( )
  JennyArch | Feb 19, 2015 |
Siblings kit, M.K. And Zander receive a weird message from their dead father. Kit is given a book by the man with the clockwork hand. The message is in this book and leads them to half of a map.
A steam punk story with a lot of adventure. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Jun 24, 2013 |
Kit, M.K. and Zander are the children of Alexander, a famous explorer and map-maker. But Alexander has mysteriously died on an expedition and the children have to fend for themselves. When a mysterious stranger gives Kit a book, he discovers a code in it that leads them to a hidden map and then to an exciting and dangerous adventure,
This story is set in an alternative world where computers have been outlawed and new countries are still being discovered. Obviously the first in a series, this book is an exciting adventure mystery that sees the three children, the Expeditioners, and a friend travel to Arizona in search of gold and the answers to their questions. This book would appeal to children aged 10 and up. ( )
  RefPenny | Feb 7, 2013 |
I have to say, the worst thing about reading the first book in a new series soon after it comes out is the wait before I'll get to read the next installment. When I turned the last page of S.S. Taylor's The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon, my immediate thought was "When is the second book coming out?"

Taylor's is one of the best middle-grade adventure stories I've read in several years. It's got everything you could ask for: a quartet of smart, brave, funny teens on a fast-paced adventure, chased by nasties; a similar-but-different setting (America, but one without computers or electricity and with steam-powered dirigibles plus all sorts of neat little gadgets and gizmos), a world where the old maps were proven wrong and there are vast new territories out there still being explored (and exploited by the government for their natural resources and wealth). Plus, mysterious ciphered messages and secret maps leading to long-lost treasure—and more, but you'll have to read the book to find out about that. What's not to like?

More than the zippy plot and great characters, though, Taylor's book also touches on important ethical questions of resource use, the treatment of indigenous peoples and animals, &c. This is done both subtly and extremely well.

Katherine Roy's maps and illustrations are a spectacular complement to the text, and the book itself, published by McSweeney's new McMullens imprint, is simply gorgeous. The boards are covered in a nice smooth paper illustrated in full color with the key map from the book (also found on the endpapers), and the design throughout is practically flawless.

I will be awaiting the next adventures of the Expeditioners with as much patience as I can muster.

Full disclosure: The illustrator is a friend of mine, but even if I didn't know her I would have said exactly the same things about this book. Go, read it. ( )
  JBD1 | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Can three orphaned siblings with half a map beat an oppressive government to a secret, gold-filled canyon? Set in a future where the hacking of computers and depletion of natural resources has caused a return to steam and clockwork engines, Taylor's novel crosses dystopian and steampunk genres in this fast-paced, plot-driven tale.… (more)

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