Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
Grade-school scientist Ada Twist’s life is full of mysteries just waiting to be solved. At the beginning of Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants, the second installment of Andrea Beaty’s The Questioneers series, Ada is wracking her brain and torturing her nose trying to figure out why her brother Arthur’s stinky sneakers smell worse when it’s warm than they do when it’s cold. Along with her friends and fellow Questioneers, engineer Rosie Revere and architect Iggy Stone, Ada soon faces a far more serious challenge when Rosie’s eccentric Uncle Ned floats up above the trees and quickly out of sight while wearing a pair of puffy helium pants.
Using the knowledge about air, gas, and heat that she acquired while investigating her brother’s smelly shoes, Ada tracks Uncle Ned’s flight to the U-shaped space between the wings of an abandoned factory, where he is swirling around helplessly in a whirlwind, with dragonflies and Purple Martins circling furiously around his head. With a thunderstorm storm looming on the horizon and Uncle Ned’s rapidly expanding pants about to pop and send him plummeting to the ground. Using their combined knowledge and skills, Ada, her friends, and her brother Arthur manage to rescue the old man just in the nick of time. Beaty’s new audiobook provides young readers with valuable lessons about the practical value of STEM learning and the importance of cooperation and teamwork in solving problems. Actress Bahni Turpin narrates Ada’s story with a bright, wide-eyed delivery that brings the action to life.
David Shirley ©2019 Parents’ Choice
David Shirley’s recent nonfiction titles include A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fix It Leroy! His YA biographies, Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B. B. King and Satchel Paige: Baseball Legend were honored as the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens.