In the second installment, In the Deep Blue Sea, Jack, his genius siblings Ava and Matt, and inventor Dr. Hank Witherspoon travel to the Hawaiian island home of Ashley Hawking, a technology billionaire. Hawking and engineer Rosa Morris have built a revolutionary electricity plant that harvests energy from the deep ocean, but someone has been sabotaging the project.
In their search for the culprit, Jack and crew navigate an unusual world of characters and suspects, including Hawking and her obnoxiously intelligent son, Steven; a family of surfers who accuse the billionaire of trespassing on sacred land; an ex–Navy SEAL with a fondness for cat photos; and a cigar-chomping man who calls himself the Air-Conditioning King of Hawaii.
Readers will learn about the mysteries of the deep ocean, the scientific process, and the potential of green energy as Jack and his brilliant siblings use all their brainpower to survive. Integrating real science facts with humor and suspense and featuring a multiethnic cast of boy and girl characters, this engaging series is an irresistible combination for middle-grade readers. (Goodreads synopsis)
In the Deep Blue Sea (Jack and the Geniuses #2) by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone hooks us back up with Jack, Hank, Ava, and Matt as they go on a trip to Hawaii to study some underwater energy machine that malfunctioned at the demonstration for it. I loved this one just as much as I did the first book in the series. It had all of the science, mystery, and fun that I am now coming to expect from the Jack and the Geniuses series.
The diversity in this book is outstanding and does not ever appear that the authors are just checking boxes to have diversity in their books. One of my favorite parts of this series is the strength of the female characters and how they continue to show that “ordinary” kids can do extraordinary things.
In the Deep Blue Sea we learn about thermodynamics, continue discussion on global warming, and many other scientific topics. I enjoy the succinctness of the scientific information. It didn’t try to dumb it down but, instead, explained the topic in a way children (and adults for that matter) could understand.
I know that this is middle grade novel so there are always a certain formulaic layout for mysteries in middle grade. However, this did not take away the enjoyment for me. I still got duped by the red herrings in the story once I was convinced I had figured out “whodunit.”
This book was easily 5/5 stars for me and when it is released on September 12th you can believe that it is immediately being added to our collection. Mayson is currently reading the first one in the series and thoroughly enjoying it. Read my review of that book here.
I would again recommend this book for children 8 years and up. Also, this would be a perfect edition to any classroom for 3rd – 5th grade.
****I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I also won a physical ARC in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher Abrams.********
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