Vesper Holly has foiled murderers, crossed mountains, and narrowly escaped earthquakes. Now she's home in Philadelphia, where she can relax-until President Ulysses S. Grant asks for her help. The Centennial Exposition of 1876 is about to begin, and luminaries from around the world will be there. But so will Vesper's arch-nemesis, the evil Doctor Helvetius. There's only one person who can thwart his evil plans-Vesper Holly!
"A combination of historical fact, nonstop danger and intrigue, and masterful writing." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
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Spirited Vesper Holly has crossed mountains on camelback and narrowly escaped earthquakes. But even she is surprised when President Ulysses S. Grant appears on her doorstep and asks for her help.
Notables from around the world have come to Philadelphia for the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Also attendance, however, is the notorious, evil Dr. Helvetius. And only Vesper can thwart his most insidious, ingenious, and far-reaching scheme ever...From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-- This fifth Vesper Holly adventure is set during the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Once again Alexander successfully combines ingredients familiar to the series' readers--eccentrically entertaining characterizations, seamless plotting, and breakneck pace. Narrated as usual by Brinnie, Vesper's guardian and friend, the events are set in motion by an appeal from President Grant when the emperor of Brazil's grandchildren are kidnapped by none other than Vesper's nemesis, Dr. Helvitius. Vesper, who must deliver a ransom at Helvitius' demand, suspects her old enemy has a larger scheme in mind, as indeed he does. As usual, events pile on top of events and each chapter ends with a cliff-hanger, speeding readers to the exciting conclusion. Fans will welcome back friends from previous adventures, especially Tobias Wistar Passavant, "The Weed," who is coming into his own here as hero and as budding love interest for Vesper. Brinnie's narration is the accustomed diverting counterpoint to the action, enriched with amusing asides. In sum, this is a treat for followers of this series; indeed for anyone who enjoys a well-told adventure story. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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Book Description Puffin, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reissue. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0142301442