The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon By S.S. Taylor

30 Jan


The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon

By S.S. Taylor

Illustrated by Katherine Roy

320 pages – ages 10+

Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on December 11, 2012

Kit West was going to the market when he was given a box by a man with a clockwork hand. You see, Kit and his siblings, M.K. and Amerigo Vespucci (Zander), live in a time with no electricity because the main machines were hacked and then outlawed. The box has instructions to find a map written by their late dad, the famous explorer Alexander West. The West kids follow the instructions and find half a map. The kids realize the map is a treasure map, but they don’t know where the second half is. The kids think it is going to be a great adventure until American officials are suddenly interested in the West orphans and their half a map. The West kids soon realize this is no ordinary treasure (ifย  treasure can be ordinary), and there are people out there who will stop at nothing to get it!

This is an awesome book! The first thing that got me interested in this book was the look of it. The artwork is just awesome. I really like the illustrations that are spread out through the book. They are really cool ! You can tell that they really thought about the look of the book. I really like the inside of the book’s jacket!

expeditioersjacketThe hardcover and end pages are just as cool.

Besides the great artwork, the story is just as great! It is packed with adventure and is very exciting! I love that there is nonstop action (like 90% of the time)! The book has a great “steampunk”ย  style to it. The dystopian world created by Ms. Taylor is VERY unique. There are details like George Washington getting plans to build advanced technology machines back in 1791. I loved reading the book and imagining the story in my head. There are one or two instances of the da** word at the beginning and some mild violence, but I think it is good for kids 10+. I totally recommend this book!

I give “The Expeditioners” 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Taylor and her other books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

To learn more about Ms. Roy and her artwork, please visit her website HERE.

Check out more of the awesome artwork in the trailer!

33 Responses to “The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon By S.S. Taylor”

  1. Angela Brown January 30, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Oh wow, a steampunk novel for the younger readers. And a treasure hunt. Definitely sounds like something worth checking out. Thanks for the review!


  2. Lynn A. Davidson January 30, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Wow! This looks like a book that, once you start reading it, won’t let you go until the end. I love that kind of book!
    Great review, Erik. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. twigstories January 30, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    What a great way to begin the day ~ discovering the excellent adventurers of S.S. Taylor and the very cool art of Katherine Roy. I always enjoy a little history mixed in with thrills! Did you see S.S Taylor’s fantastic cookies on her blog? I love the ‘compass’ ones. These stories look like a lot of fun, Erik. Thanks for the recommendation!


  4. julie rowan zoch January 30, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Sounds Wrinkle-in-Time-ish! Very inviting!


  5. Robyn Campbell January 30, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    This read looks like the kinda story that grabs onto you tight. The when you get to the end you’re sad. Because you miss the pals you’ve loved being with. The artwork does look awesome, Erik. Super review and tons and tons of thanks for showing us this book. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 30, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      The good thing is, I think there will be a second book! ๐Ÿ˜€ So no sad feelings – only excitement! ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. ontheplumtree January 30, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Looks great, Erik. Your excitement is contagious.


  7. Heather Newman (@HeatherNewman12) January 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh, I love the sound of this one and I want to see the illustrations after reading your enthusiastic recommendation. Thank you, Erik!


  8. Patricia Tilton January 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    This book sounds like a winner. A lot of adventure. I just might like to read this for fun! Sounds like movie potential.


  9. Michelle Isenhoff January 30, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I like the cover, I like the title, I like the premise!


  10. S. S. Taylor January 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Thanks so much, Erik! This made my day. So happy you liked it. Love your blog!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 30, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Ms. Taylor! I really liked this book!


  11. Genevieve Petrillo January 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Nice review, Erik! I like the idea of a clockwork hand. I wonder how it would feel if a clockwork hand petted my head. Pretty cool, I think.

    Love and licks,


  12. Cathy Ballou Mealey January 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    Wow – 5 bookworms! I’ll give this one a read. Thanks!


  13. Katherine Roy January 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi Erik! Thank you so much for the wonderful write up on your blog! I’m completely delighted that you love my artwork so much. Your enthusiasm is just terrific! Keep an eye on S. S. Taylor’s for any future updates about a possible Book 2, and in the meantime good luck with your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts! All the best to you!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 31, 2013 at 6:48 am #

      Thank you for commenting Ms. Roy! I can’t wait until a book two comes out! That means I can see some more art of yours (and carry on the story)! ๐Ÿ˜€


  14. Myra GB February 11, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    It does sound like a lovely middle grade novel. I like novels that are beautifully illustrated – will definitely check this one out. Sounds exactly like my kind of thing. ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Jilanne Hoffmann November 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    My son just inhaled this book in two days and is on to the sequel, “The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair.” He loves the adventure, the gadgets, the suspense. In other words, he agrees with you, Erik! I found your review on SS Taylor’s website, although I had looked for it here, first. You have reviewed so many books, I couldn’t find it in the mix. Do you have a list of books you’ve read alphabetized by author? It would be a great addition to your site, if you don’t. Cheers!



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