The intrepid Arctic6 team of British kids will try to save the U.S. President from death by a genetically engineered virus in the second installment of their eponymous series (Killer Strangelets, 2011).
This time the siblings, cousins and friends head out for an innocent camping trip in the English countryside when they stumble upon a mysterious facility that instantly arouses their suspicions. With their cell phones, iPads and a clever dog they sneak inside, to discover that, yes, indeed, another mad scientist is at work trying to take over the world. Actually, this time the mad scientist turns out to be the dupe of a mad businessman. Meanwhile, the kids learn that the wonderful U.S. President, attending the G-20 meeting, has fallen deathly ill and that several other world leaders have already died. Captured by the completely evil Peter Gek, they must escape and foil his vile, mass murderous plan. Gek, another completely over-the-top villain, obligingly brags about his vile plan, explaining most of it and leaving the rest available for the kids to decipher on his laptop. Furlong keeps his villains and plots entirely cartoonish as the kids scamper around, blogging the entire adventure all the while. It’s all preposterous and scrambled and plenty of fun for readers who like their suspense a bit comic and a lot crazy. Book three, Killer Star, publishes simultaneously.
Scooby-Doo would fit right in. (Science fiction. 10-14)