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Kidnap on the California Comet: Adventures on Trains #2

Kidnap on the California Comet: Adventures on Trains #2

Adventures on Trains (Volume 2)

M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

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In this second book of the middle-grade Adventures on Trains series, amateur sleuth Hal Beck travels to the U.S. with his uncle to ride a famous train—the California Comet—and stumbles on a new mystery to solve, in M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman's Kidnap on the California Comet...

After his adventure on the Highland Falcon, amateur sleuth Hal Beck is excited to embark on another journey with his journalist uncle. This time, they're set to ride the historic California Comet from Chicago to San Francisco.

Hal mostly keeps to himself on the trip, feeling homesick and out of place in America. But he soon finds himself drawn into another mystery when the young daughter of a billionaire tech entrepreneur goes missing!

Along with new friends—spunky 13-year-old Mason and his younger sister, Hadley—Hal races against the clock to find the missing girl before the California Comet reaches its final destination.

CHAPTER ONE

CHICAGO



Stepping through the doors of Chicago’s Union Station felt like entering a cathedral. Dragging their cases and shaking rain from their coats, Harrison Beck and his uncle Nathaniel Bradshaw stopped to admire...

Praise for Kidnap on the California Comet: Adventures on Trains #2

Praise for The Highland Falcon Thief:

"M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman bring the classic mystery on a train bang up to date with a carriage-load of wit and suspense." —Ross Welford, author of Time Travelling With a Hamster

"A thrill-ride of a mystery, guaranteed to be one of the most fun, atmospheric page turners of 2020." —Lauren St. John, author of Kat Wolfe Investigates

"A runaway romp of a read." —Piers Torday, author of The Lost Magician

"A fabulous fast-paced ride, packed with clues, illustrations and intrigue." —Bookseller

"Illustrated with lively black-and-white drawings, this well-constructed, fast-paced mystery is the first volume in the Adventures on Trains series." —Booklist

Praise for Beetle Boy:

"Debut novelist Leonard gives readers a rare glimpse into the world of insects, mixing adventure, mystery, and science to create a story that's much more than just a novel about bugs. Even the most squeamish will be charmed." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Leonard unravels the madcap plot in sporadic bursts of frenzied action and humor. Overall, a charming and (at times) affecting romp through beetle land." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of madcap adventures and anthropomorphised sidekicks will enjoy this fast-paced series opener." —Booklist

"Engaging . . . The story moves quickly, and the characters are both wacky and entertaining." —School Library Journal

"If I didn't already devote most of my waking hours to beetles, reading this book would make me want… More…

Praise for The Highland Falcon Thief:

"M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman bring the classic mystery on a train bang up to date with a carriage-load of wit and suspense." —Ross Welford, author of Time Travelling With a Hamster

"A thrill-ride of a mystery, guaranteed to be one of the most fun, atmospheric page turners of 2020." —Lauren St. John, author of Kat Wolfe Investigates

"A runaway romp of a read." —Piers Torday, author of The Lost Magician

"A fabulous fast-paced ride, packed with clues, illustrations and intrigue." —Bookseller

"Illustrated with lively black-and-white drawings, this well-constructed, fast-paced mystery is the first volume in the Adventures on Trains series." —Booklist

Praise for Beetle Boy:

"Debut novelist Leonard gives readers a rare glimpse into the world of insects, mixing adventure, mystery, and science to create a story that's much more than just a novel about bugs. Even the most squeamish will be charmed." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Leonard unravels the madcap plot in sporadic bursts of frenzied action and humor. Overall, a charming and (at times) affecting romp through beetle land." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of madcap adventures and anthropomorphised sidekicks will enjoy this fast-paced series opener." —Booklist

"Engaging . . . The story moves quickly, and the characters are both wacky and entertaining." —School Library Journal

"If I didn't already devote most of my waking hours to beetles, reading this book would make me want to . . ." —Max Barclay, Coleoptera Collections Manager, Natural History Museum, London

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M. G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman

M. G. Leonard is the award-winning, bestselling author of the Beetle Boy books. She works as a freelance digital media producer for clients such as the National Theatre and Harry Potter West End. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two sons, all of whom are crazy about trains. She is the co-author of the Adventures on Trains series.

Sam Sedgman is a novelist, playwright, and award-winning digital producer. He works as a digital project manager for the National Theatre, where he also hosts and co-produces their podcast. He grew up with a railway line at the bottom of his garden and has been fascinated by trains ever since. He is the co-author of the Adventures on Trains series.

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