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The Castle in the Sea

304p. (Flooded Earth: Bk. 2). Pajama Pr. Jun. 2019. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781772780833.
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Gr 4–6—In this sequel, twins Annalie and Will, along with their friends Pod and Essie and talking parrot Graham, are sailing on the high seas in search of Spinner, the twins' father. On their tail is the Admiralty, who is also looking for Spinner. The children are tracking down scientists who worked with the man in the hopes that they will not only lead them to Spinner but will also provide them with information about the research he stole from the Admiralty. When a storm hits, Will and Essie become separated from the others after they are thrown overboard. Continuing on their mission while also searching for Will and Essie, Annalie and Pod find themselves on Dasto Puri, home to dangerous pirates. As the story progresses, more is revealed about the great flood. Spinner's former team continues to be split about whether to use the technology again in order to reverse the flood's effects. When the children finally catch up to Spinner, he must take leave once again. Readers will be engrossed in this action-packed adventure story and will eagerly await the next installment.
VERDICT A satisfying, high-stakes sequel. Recommended for middle grade collections that own the first novel.

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