The Secret of Rover
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Held hostage because they invented a spy technology called Rover that can locate anyone in the world, Katie and David’s parents are in grave danger. Now, it’s up to Katie and David to rescue them. But first they must find their reclusive uncle, whom they have never met—the only person they know who can help them.
This page-turning story from a debut author with insider knowledge of Washington is fun, suspenseful, and convincingly real.
with walkie-talkies, cell phones, and small flat computers. “No wonder she didn’t want help with her luggage,” said Katie bitterly, remembering the night of Trixie’s arrival. “It looks like she raided an electronics store.” “We’d better be quick. What if she comes for that stuff?” David dropped silently to the floor by the window seat and rested his ear on the vent. This was her mother and father’s room and Katie loved it. But it was creepy thinking Trixie might walk in at any moment. “Move,”
“They deed sobe rest!” But Walkie-Talkie was unmoved. “Officer Sanders, will you take these kids to the lobby, please?” he said. Katie rose to follow, her concern deepening. But David’s heart leaped as they passed out the door and back to the lobby. The way he saw it, they had just gone from three adults to one. He turned to look at their lone remaining captor and grinned up at the young man’s frank and friendly face. Sanders. So that was Freckles’s name. He’s big, David thought, but he’s way
because it’s from a store or a truck? Stealing’s stealing, Kat”—he made little quote marks in the air with his fingers—“news flash.” “It is not. This is much worse.” “Why?” Katie glared but did not respond. “Give me one reason why it’s worse, Katie.” David sighed heavily. “It isn’t worse,” he said, answering his own question. “It isn’t even wrong. None of it is. We’re in an emergency. Look.” He rummaged again in the duffel and pulled out a small white card. “I have the guy’s card. It has his
Katie seized his ankle and jerked it sharply downward. He went under, sputtering, and she shot off before he could get her back. “Sweetie?” The voice crackled and sounded as far away as, in fact, it was. “Katie, it’s Mom—is that you?” “Mommy! Just a minute.” Katie had slept with the phone by her bed so she could call her parents first thing in the morning. But she hadn’t even needed to. Their parents had called them, and though they had woken Katie from a deep sleep, still she clutched the
to see. Glittering on her finger was an enormous diamond engagement ring. Mrs. Bowden yelped and the president clapped Alex on the back and kissed Alicia and there was another round of hugs and congratulations. They might never have stopped except that eventually Theo began to cry, which again made all of them laugh. “That’s a heck of a cry!” said the president. “Bet our Rover could find her with that!” Then he sighed. “Duty calls!” he said. And he straightened his tie, saluted, and headed off