"Can three orphaned siblings with half a map beat an oppressive government to a secret, gold-filled canyon? Full of kid power, clues, codes and maps, this will appeal to sophisticated readers who appreciate their adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness." — Kirkus Reviews
Coming soon — The Expeditioners!
new book for younger readers!
Explorer of the Realm Alexander West has disappeared and is presumed dead under mysterious circumstances...But not before smuggling half of a strange map to his three intrepid children — Kit, the brain, M. K., the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many people trying to steal the half-map? What powerful secrets does it hold? (And where is the other half?) It's up to Alexander's children — call them The Expeditioners — to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast. Success could mean fame and wild riches. Failure could be...Well, let's just say failure is not an option.
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon will be out in November 2012 from McSweeney's McMullens.
"Coupled with the rich prose, Towle's detailed art truly makes this stellar book a visual feast." — Kirkus Reviews starred review
The graphic novel Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, a graphic novel written by Sarah Stewart Taylor and illustrated by Ben Towle, tells the story of Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.
Earhart developed a love of flying at a very young age...and she wasn't about to let any man get in the way of her dreams. What began as a simple joy became something much deeper — a commitment to open doors for all women. As Earhart built a name for herself in the field of aviation — breaking numerous records along the way — she paved the road for future trailblazers, women like Danica Patrick, the first woman to win an Indy car race, and Eileen Collins, the first female space shuttle pilot.
Taylor and Towle's book offers a glimpse at her relentless ambition and her tireless will to promote women's rights. But above all, author and illustrator leave us with a sense of her deep-rooted desire to touch the sky.
Sweeney St. George returns!
ART HISTORY PROFESSOR SWEENEY ST. GEORGE is in the middle of putting together an exhibit on her specialty, "the art of death," for the university museum when she makes an unusual discovery: A valuable piece of Egyptian funerary jewelry that should be in the museum's collection seems to be missing. Searching for answers, Sweeney learns that a student intern at the museum was the last person to check out the piece, a young woman who died of an apparent suicide soon after she handled the piece, more than twenty-five years ago.
Going on with the exhibition without the intricately beaded Egyptian collar, Sweeney can't let it drop altogether. Nor can she forget the student, Karen Philips, who died just a few months after working with the piece. A little digging shows that Karen was working at the museum the night it was robbed, that same year, and Sweeney becomes even more curious. But her interest in mysteries past pales when a present-day murder brings Sweeney and her colleagues at the museum under the Cambridge Police Department spotlight in the person of Detective Tim Quinn, whom Sweeney has worked with before.
In the latest installment in this rich and fascinating series, Sweeney and Tim go after a killer, trying to resolve questions both immediate and decades-old before it's too late.
According to Publishers Weekly, "The fourth mystery to feature art historian Sweeney St. George is every bit as riveting as the previous installments in Taylor's series."