Steel Trapp: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson (2008)

Description: In this riveting crime novel, 14-year-old Steven “Steel” Trapp sets off with his mom and their dog, Cairo, on a 2-day Amtrak journey to compete in the National Science Competition in Washington, DC. Steel is both blessed and cursed with a remarkable photographic memory—just one look and whatever he sees is imprinted for keeps. Trying to be a good Samaritan on the train, he instead becomes embroiled in an ingenious plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists…

Review: This really was quite a fantastic novel. I did not put it down once I started to read it. We follow Steven “Steel” Trapp on his way to a National Science Competition and see all the trouble he gets in. Both his curiosity and photographic memory get him stuck smack dab in the middle of a government investigation and terrorist plot. The characters were well written and very believable. I think this is a great book for mystery lovers as well as that reluctant reader in your life.

Score: 4 out of 5

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About Michelle

I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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