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The Wrong Wrights
by Chris Kientz and Steve Hockensmith and Lee Nielsen


Overview - The first graphic novel of the Secret Smithsonian Adventures series. Our heroes intervene to save the National Air and Space Museum from Wright brothers interlopers

Schoolmates Dominique, Eric, Josephine, and Ajay are excited about a field trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.  Read more...


 
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Overview
The first graphic novel of the Secret Smithsonian Adventures series. Our heroes intervene to save the National Air and Space Museum from Wright brothers interlopers

Schoolmates Dominique, Eric, Josephine, and Ajay are excited about a field trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. When they get there, however, they find a very different museum than the one they were expecting. Not only is it much smaller, it's filled with balloons, blimps, and dirigibles, many of them with the same logo: BARRIS AIRSHIPS. Where's the Spirit of St. Louis? Where's the Apollo 11 command module? Where's the Wright Brothers' 1903 flyer? With the help of a museum "fabrications specialist," they travel through time to try and restore the Wright brothers to their well-earned place in history. Along the way they also learn about aerodynamics and other aviation principles from a wise-cracking A.I. named Smitty. But the kids' story doesn't end there--something is amiss in the next stop on their Smithsonian tour, the National Museum of Natural History--so they'll have to work together to save history again in volume two.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781588345417
  • ISBN-10: 1588345416
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 64
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds

Series: Secret Smithsonian Adventures #1

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Time Travel
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-03-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

First in the Secret Smithsonian Adventures series, this time-bending graphic novel sends a racially diverse quartet of middle school students into the past to fix a corrupted timeline. Not long after Eric, Josephine, Dominique, and Ajay win a trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, an inexplicable time shift erases the museum's airplanes, replacing them with dirigibles. A secretive museum guide transports the children back to October 1909, when rival pilots, including Wilbur Wright, were showing off their flying machines as part of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in New York City. Holographic disguises help the kids blend in, but they soon attract attention as they attempt to stop mysterious adversaries attempting to sabotage Wilbur's flight. Hockensmith (the Nick and Tesla series) and newcomer Kientz supply a fast-moving story full of banter and one-liners, with details drawn from aviation history (a closing page helps set the record straight). Reminiscent of storyboard art, Nielsen's illustrations can look a bit sketchlike and muddied in places, but he does an adept job of conjuring up the story's historical setting and futuristic tech. Ages 9–12. Authors' agent: Josh Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. (Feb.)

 
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