Race to the Bottom of the Sea

Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: Candlewick Press Author: Lindsay Eagar


At first, this tale seems a very modern story of a family of scientists. Ida and Arthur Quail, internationally acclaimed marine biologists known as Dr. and Dr. Quail, are at the bottom of the sea in “the egg,” a submarine-like contraption built by their 11-year-old daughter, Fidelia. Yes, 11.

Fidelia is topside in a little boat, excitedly trying to tag a new species of shark she’s named Grizzle. She’s a little afraid, but mostly thrilled to think she could be on the cusp of an amazing discovery.

When a fierce storm rolls in, Fidelia narrowly makes it back to shore; tragically, her parents do not.

Soon after, a pirate sails in and kidnaps Fidelia. Merrick the Monstrous, who is wanted for treason, needs Fidelia’s scientific smarts to help recover a sunken treasure. Merrick must get it before his archenemy, Admiral Percy J. Bridgewater, gets him.

Fidelia Quail has a lot to offer as a fearless but tender hero – she’s innovative; she’s an independent thinker; she cares about people; she values family. And Race to the Bottom of the Sea has a lot to offer too: from swashbuckling scientists and scalawags to a sweet ending that will make readers smile.

Ann Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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