A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot

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A Perilous Journey of Danger & Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot
by Christopher Healy

It is 1883—the Age of Invention! A time when great men like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Nicola Tesla, and George Eastman work to turn the country into a mechanical-electrical-industrial marvel: a land of limitless opportunity. And it all happens at the world-famous Inventors’ Guild headquarters in New York City—a place where a great idea, a lot of hard work, and a little luck can find you rubbing elbows with the gods of industry who will usher humanity into the bright promise of the future.

Unless, of course, you’re a woman.

Molly Pepper, daughter of brilliant but unknown inventor Cassandra Pepper, lives with her mother in New York. By day, they make ends meet running a small pickle shop; by night, they toil and dream of Cassandra shattering the glass ceiling of the Inventors’ Guild and taking her place among the most famous inventors in America. In an attempt to find a way to exhibit Cass’s work at the 1883 World’s Fair, they break into the Inventor’s Guild—and discover a mysterious and dastardly plot to destroy the city. The evidence points to the involvement of one of the world’s most famous inventors, and now it’s up to molly, Cassandra, and a shop hand named Emmett Lee to uncover the truth—even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

About the Author: Christopher Healy

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Author Christopher Healy

CHRISTOPHER HEALY is the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s choice, as well as its two sequels, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an actor, an ad copywriter, a toy store display designer, a fact-checker, a dishwasher, a journalist, a costume shop clothing stitcher, a children’s entertainment reviewer, and a haunted house zombie. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. You can visit him online at www.christopherhealy.com.

Praise & Reviews

Plot twists and banter hit at breakneck speeds in this heartfelt yet tongue-in-cheek look at the tumultuous Age of Invention

Publishers Weekly

Healy has created a steampunk-inspired alternative history featuring some of the greatest minds in invention


Readers who enjoy nonstop action will want to give this new series a try.

School Library Journal

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