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Smithsonian Books Releases "Claws and Effect"

Second Volume of "Secret Smithsonian Adventures" Graphic Novel Series Will Be Available Oct. 18

October 13, 2016

Smithsonian Books’ graphic novel series Secret Smithsonian Adventures features four middle schoolers visiting the Smithsonian who discover that someone is tampering with history, so they must use their history and science knowledge to thwart these evil plots. Each book in the series will tie in with a different Smithsonian museum or gallery and its subject area.

The first volume, The Wrong Wrights, set in the National Air and Space Museum, came out in spring 2016. The second volume, Claws and Effect, will be released Oct. 18. Schoolmates Dominique, Eric, Josephine and Ajay are returning home from their first time-travel adventure when they realize there are dinosaurs all over their neighborhoods. They return to the Smithsonian to figure out what is amiss. Once there, they see that the National Museum of Natural History is called The Museum of Extinction, many modern animals have become extinct and dinosaurs have returned. They travel back in time to the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition and discover that criminals have brought back dinosaur eggs as a new business venture. Enlisting the help of William Foulke, Nellie Bly and Alexander Graham Bell and using their natural history smarts, the heroes unite to save history once again.

About the Author

Steve Hockensmith is the New York Times-bestselling author or co-author of 10 books, most recently the Nick and Tesla series of middle-grade mysteries. Chris Kientz is the writer and producer of the international award-winning Smithsonian Channel television production Raven Tales. Lee Nielsen is an animator, illustrator, concept artist and designer.

About the Book

Title: Claws and Effect (Secret Smithsonian Adventures No. 2)
Authors: Chris Kientz and Steve Hockensmith
Illustrator: Lee Nielsen
On-Sale Date: 10/18/2016
Price: $10.95 / Pages: 64
ISBN: 978-1-58834-567-7
Smithsonian Books

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Book cover showing children on bikes approaching Natural History Museum


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