The Shadow Arts (Hardcover)

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When a dear friend is in trouble, Alex's grandfather knows exactly who to ask for help. The two travel the world together fighting evil robots and shadowy super-villains and learning along the way that grandfathers and grandsons make the best heroic teams. A perfect book for curious children with thirst for adventure! Recommended by Rob

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The thrilling sequel to Monstrous Devices--Alex and his grandfather hold the fate of history itself in their hands in a Rick Riordan meets Raiders of the Lost Ark adventure of epic proportions!

A few months ago, Alex's world changed...forever.

Now, just when it seems life is almost getting back to normal, Alex's grandfather crashes back into the picture with grave news: their friend Harry has fallen into the clutches of a familiar foe, and the old man needs Alex's help to rescue him.

This time, the duo's desperate dash across Europe leads from Paris deep into Germany's foreboding Black Forest, as they chase down the mystery Harry had been investigating when he disappeared. A series of art thefts has made headlines across the continent, but the thieves are after more than priceless paintings. In the wrong hands, these stolen artifacts could unlock an ancient secret bigger than anything Alex ever dreamed of. If they can't solve the riddle in time, innocent lives - and even history itself - could be at stake.

About the Author

Damien Love was born in Scotland and lives in the city of Glasgow, where, even as you read these words, it is raining. He has worked as a journalist for many years, writing about movies, music, TV, and other things for a variety of publications. He has the ability to talk to cats, but there is no evidence that they understand him. Monstrous Devices was his first novel, followed by its sequel, The Shadow Arts.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780451478610
ISBN-10: 0451478614
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 416