SCIENCE IN PROGRESS - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! Junior science geniuses Augustine, Celeste and Oscar can't believe their luck when they're accepted into an elite and mysterious science academy summer camp run by the elusive Inventor Quark.
From the moment they step inside the gates of Quark's Academy at the end of Molecule Drive, they know they're in for a week they'll never forget. But things at the academy are not quite what they seem, and the three quickly realise that they'll need to put their squabbles aside and their heads together if they're ever to get out of there alive...
Part Hogwarts, part Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory; Quark’s Academy is an elite school that admits just 15 students each year for a week-long crash course in emerging technologies and scientific development. For Augustine, Celeste and Oscar, Quark’s Academy represents the opportunity to change the world: Augustine is an engineer who wants to help the environment, Celeste is a physicist who is on the brink of inventing a time machine, and Oscar is… not entirely sure what he’s doing there.
With classes in gene splicing, futuristic technologies, and almost-magical chemical compounds Quark’s Academy seems to be a dream come true, but there’s something sinister going on behind the scenes, and the three rivals must put aside their differences and apply their combined know-how to figure out what it is before it’s too late.
Sydney-based author Catherine Pelosi's entertaining middle fiction novel is a well-conceived adventure with one foot planted squarely in reality and the other in science-fiction. Quark’s Academy is perfect for both boys and girls aged 8+, and especially those with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Reviewed by Lian