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Quark's Academy - Catherine Pelosi

Paperback Published: 30th January 2018
ISBN: 9780734417800
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 8+ years old

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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...

A page-turning adventure for readers aged eight to twelve, QUARK'S ACADEMY is bound to cause a hair-raising reaction!

About the Author

Catherine Pelosi is a Sydney-based children's book author. When she was younger, she loved two things in equal measure: animals and writing stories. For a long time she wanted to be a zoologist. Catherine has had several jobs working with animals, including in wildlife rescue, as a dinosaur tour guide and marketing for an animal shelter in London, but her love of writing never went away. These days, she writes as often as she can. Catherine hasn't lost her love of animals, however, and you will often find one or two roaming through her stories.

Quark's Academy is Catherine's first novel; Something For Fleur is her first picture book.

Industry Reviews

'an engaging and entertaining debut for readers aged eight and up with an interest in STEM - or those who just love a well-paced adventure story with fantastical elements.' 4.5 stars - BOOKS + PUBLISHING

A brilliant read for young science fans


Quarks Academy is such an imaginative and engaging story, children who love adventure, intrigue and science or any of those three will LOVE this book.



Fun and fast-paced.


When three budding inventors win a place at a prestigious summer camp, they can't wait to go. Augustine, Celeste and Oscar get to attend Quark's Academy for a week to study cutting edge science as well as compete for the prize for the best experiment. However, there are places there that are off-limits and when this curious trio try to find out why, they discover what's really going on behind its sleek high-tech walls. As the stakes rise, the quirky main characters have to band together to work out a plan, in which plenty of cool inventions feature. Quark's Academy is sure to appeal to kids who like science and might even turn those who don't into fans. Fun and fast-paced.



Things are not what they seem at Quark's Academy


Augustine, Celeste and Oscar have all been accepted to spend a week at the prestigious Quark Academy during the summer holidays. During this week they will be taught by Inventors and work on their own invention. On the final day the children will present their completed invention during a nationally televised Best Invention Competition. Augustine, whose parents are both scientists, is interested in the weather. Celeste's interest is in black holes and she has unfinished business with another competitor. Oscar loves science, in particular chemistry, and wants nothing more than for his parents to notice him like they do with his 'golden child' big brother, Toby. The students soon learn that there's more to Quark Academy than meets the eye and they're going to have to use their combined skills to solve the mystery and return home at the end of the week. I loved the ideas during the first half, in particular the extracting DNA from two animals, people or plants with the view to cross-modifying them. The different responses by the various students to the task was really interesting as it gave insight into their personalities. I also appreciated the ethical issues raised surrounding science and inventions - just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should. Unfortunately I found the second half of the book, when all of the action was happening and the unravelling of the mystery, somewhat disappointing. I found myself wanting more quirky science ideas and I wanted to see more of the students working on their inventions. I didn't have any emotional connection to the characters, the final third felt a little disjointed and the end wrapped up too quickly and neatly for my liking. Overall this book had potential and I expect the target audience (8 to 12 year olds) will enjoy the fun and the mystery. Thank you very much to NetGalley and Hachette Childrens Books, Australia for the opportunity to read this book.



Quark's Academy

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ISBN: 9780734417800
ISBN-10: 0734417802
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8+ years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th January 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1