Zane and the Steampunk Riders: Perfume Bandits

Sudden Industries Inc
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The mud at Bad Bart's Organic Mud Spa stinks! So Bad Bart and Smedley P. Blatz plan to steal a shipment of perfume from the noon stage coach. Zane comes up with the perfect plan for the Steampunk Riders to stop the robbery, but when Cisco's latest invention sets off a buffalo stampede, everything goes awry. But that doesn't discourage Zane. He's used to it. Everything involving Sheriff Deputy always goes wrong but that only makes capturing the bad guys twice as fun.

This fast-paced, gadget-filled and playful adventure story introduces Zane and the Steampunk Riders. Set in a Jules Verne-esque Wild West landscape and featuring inventive gadgets that young readers will recognize (sort of), this series follows Zane, his little sister Pepper Smithereens, their inventor friend Cisco, and Zane's hero, Sheriff Deputy, as they thwart the plans of the villainous Bad Bart and his evil pig, Smedley P. Blatz.

Reluctant early readers, especially boys aged 5 to 8, will love reading this fun, full-color picture book with its laugh-out-loud illustrations and page-turning action.
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About the author

Laura MacDonald is the author of four books, including Perfume Bandits, her first children's book. She lives in Harlem, New York.
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Sudden Industries Inc
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Sep 12, 2013
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Laura M. Mac Donald
In 1917, the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was crowded with ships leaving for war-torn Europe. On December 6th, two of them-the Mont Blanc and the Imo-collided in the Narrows, a hard-to-navigate stretch of the harbor. Ablaze, and with explosions on her deck filling the sky, the Mont Blanc grounded against the city's docks.

As thousands rushed to their windows and into the streets to watch, she exploded with such force that the 3,121 tons of her iron hull vaporized in a cloud that shot up more than 2,000 feet; the explosion was so unusual that Robert Oppenheimer would study its effects to predict the devastation of an atomic bomb. The blast caused a giant wave that swept over parts of the city, followed by a slick, black rain that fell for ten minutes. Much of the city was flattened, and not one in 12,000 buildings within a 16-mile radius left undamaged. More than 1,600 Haligonians were killed and 6,000 injured; and within twenty-four hours, a blizzard had isolated Halifax from the world.

Set vividly against the background of World War I, Curse of the Narrows is the first major account of the world's largest pre-atomic explosion, the epic relief mission from Boston, and the riveting trial of the Mont Blanc's captain and pilot. Laura M. Mac Donald is as adept at describing the dynamics of a chain reaction explosion as she is at chronicling unforgettable human dramas of miraculous survival, unfathomable loss, and the medical breakthroughs in pediatrics and eye surgery that followed the disaster
Using primary sources--many of which haven't been read in decades and--with a wonderful feel for narrative history, Mac Donald chronicles one of the most compelling and dramatic events of the 20th century.
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