Finished copies of McSweeney’s McMullens first middle grade book arrived recently and it looks great! The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon is about 3 siblings on an adventure to find their missing father. If you liked Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Expeditioners will surely intrigue you with it’s dystopian and steampunk elements. There are awesome illustrations throughout the book and the maps on the end pages look excellent.
Flavorwire is calling this book one of December’s must-reads and it’s also a Winter 2012 Kids’ Indie Next Pick! Publishers Weekly calls the story an “Indiana Jones–style adventure…filled with nifty gadgets, moments of moderate terror, and high stakes.” and Kirkus says “…this will appeal to sophisticated readers who appreciate their adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness.”