Lessons from Underground
Lessons from Underground
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Annotation: Mr. Scant and his protege Oliver Diplexito are recruited by Scotland Yard to stop Aurelian Binns from stealing a diamond from the British Crown Jewels, selling it to a South African en route to America on the Titanic, and using the proceeds to fund a ccriminal secret society in France.
Catalog Number: #164808
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 265 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-512-40581-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-512-40581-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017044212
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
The theft of a massive diamond leads fledgling secret agent Oliver Diplexito to South Africa, where eye-opening revelations await.The series loses juice, headway, and even coherence in this third episode, as Aurelian Binns, vengeful scion of the former head of the nefarious Woodhouselee Society, leads supposedly clever Oliver around by the nose. Binns tricks Oliver into actually helping to steal the gem, then into a chase through theTitanic (just before it sets out on its fateful voyage, which is an opportunity for drama lost if ever there was one) while the diamond heads for southern Africa. Oliver finally journeys to the diamond mines of Kimberley, where he gets filled in on the area's growing racial oppression and turmoil and, in the course of an inconclusive dust-up, saves freedom fighter Bartholomew Hunter, an American whose parents had been enslaved, from a bullet and also from being tricked into selling the diamond to vicious white mine owners. Aside from narration (and playing Binns' dupe), the white teenager is more observer than driver of events, so passive that he just shrugs off discoveries that both Hunter and the Woodhouselee Society figure significantly in the hidden past of his saturnine butler/mentor, Mr. Scant. In the end Methods himself apparently loses interest in his tale, not even bothering to mention whether the diamond is recovered or not.A shrug is likely to be readers' responses, too. (Adventure. 10-12)
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 780L

Young Oliver Diplexito and his family's trusted valet, Mr. Scant, live a comfortable life, thwarting robberies and getting home in time for tea. But when arch anarchist Aurelian Binns returns, Oliver and his mentor soon feel the heat. After Aurelian steals a priceless diamond from the Tower of London, it's up to Diplexito and Scant to defend king and country. And when an old ally of Mr. Scant's emerges--only to side with Binns--the betrayal sends the heroes spinning. So begins a chase that will take Oliver and Mr. Scant all around the globe. As danger draws nearer and secrets emerge, Oliver starts to wonder--who's truly in the wrong?


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