by Will Summerhouse
Eleven-year-old Orion lives with his stodgy grandfather in eastern Maine, where nothing exciting ever happens. But then a series of strange events draws him into the mystery of a lost explorer, and Orion is swept up in a whirlwind of adventure that takes him to the top of the world. To survive he must outwit a scheming treasure hunter, team up with a gang of flimps, and take on a tyrant with an anger management problem. Can Orion solve the mystery and get back home alive? And just what are flimps, anyway? Orion Poe is about to find out. Join him as he laughs, cries, bluffs, and shoots his way to the heart of one of the greatest mysteries in the history of exploration. Along the way he discovers that the world is far bigger—and stranger—than he ever imagined. (Description from Goodreads.com)
This was a fun, easy to read middle grade adventure. I liked Orion's voice. I found him very believable as an eleven-year-old boy with a sense of adventure and a burgeoning sense of the world's wearies and dangers. I liked that while this book had a lot of characters, they were easy to distinguish and how even with several different settings, the places and people flowed into the story as it moved with Orion. It all felt very organic and well described.
I especially liked the steampunk feeling of the secret town Orion and the others stumble upon in their adventure. It and its people were truly trapped in time and I loved the juxtaposition between modern day Maine and this Londonesque feeling town. I found myself not only rooting for Orion and the sailors from his ship, but also the townspeople stuck under such a scheming tyrant.
I look forward to another Orion Poe adventure in the future!
Full disclosure: eARC received from Netgalley