William Wenton and the Secret Portal (Hardcover)
William and Iscia must stop Cornelia from sending Abraham through the Crypto Portal, a hidden golden hoop in the Himalayas. He finds Pontus Dipple, the man in charge of the depository (the place for incredibly rare objects like the key to the Crypto Portal), frozen in a metal chunk, like Han Solo from Star Wars, and later gets tricked into opening the Crypto Portal for Cornelia. This book is great if you like books with robots that have not been created yet like a robot that can make your bones turn to jelly or liquid machine (Loridiom).
— Carter M., Red Rocks Elementary, 4th grade
This book is about a boy, named William, who is 49% metal and 51% human. The metal, luridium, allows him to solve complex puzzles and problems. After solving a problem, he accidentally activates a crypto-portal that connects to another dimension. I love this book because it left me on the edge of my chair. Someone who enjoys outer space books and exciting stories will like this book.— Corinne S., Red Rocks Elementary, Grade 4
William Wenton is a code-breaking genius, but now he faces a new threat—one that’s lurking inside him—in the second book in the William Wenton series that School Library Journal calls “part Alex Rider, part Da Vinci Code for kids, and part Artemis Fowl.”
After William begins to suffer from mysterious fits that leave him unable to control his body—let alone crack codes—he begins to worry that the metal inside him is acting up. There’s only one place he can go for answers: the Institute for Post-Human Research.
But nothing at the Institute is the same. His room is more like a cell, and outside the window, huge searchlights sweep the skies and robot vehicles roam the grounds. William’s old teachers won’t tell him what’s going on although it’s obvious that everyone is frightened of something—or someone.
When his friend Iscia finally arrives, William thinks he may have found an ally, but she’s hiding things as well. As more secrets are revealed, William realizes that no one has been telling him the truth and that he may not be able to trust anyone. He’s going to have to rely on his wits and his abilities to solve the mystery of what is behind the strange events at the Institute and what it all means for him.
About the Author
Bobbie Peers graduated from the London Film School in 1999 (known as the London International Film School at the time), and has since worked as a director, writer, and illustrator. His first short film, Sniffer, received the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film in Cannes 2006. In 2014, he made his feature film debut with The Disappearing Illusionist. He is the author of the William Wenton series.
" . . . this series opener is a gripping story from early on, and the wonky twists and turns ramp up the excitement as readers learn more about William’s family and this crazy metal at the core of the drama. . . . any kid who likes ciphers and codes will be drawn in, and there’s plenty here to lure them back for the next outing."" -
— BCCB on Book 1, William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
"Part “Alex Rider,” part “Artemis Fowl,” part Da Vinci Code for kids, this title will captivate action and mystery enthusiasts."
— School Library Journal on Book 1, William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
"Peers’ first novel follows the pattern of many such school and adventure stories—think Hogwarts with robots and carnivorous robotic plants—but there are plenty of twists to keep readers guessing. Appealing, resilient William makes realistic mistakes in judgment that often test that resilience. The crisp narrative will appeal to readers of different levels, and more adventures involving William Wenton will be welcome."
— Booklist on Book 1, William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
William Wenton is back in a new adventure packed with peril. The adventure leads to the Himalayas, a portal between worlds, a hint of unknown history, and tragedy. Not all is lost, however, and the stage is set for another adventure. Peers maintains a brisk pace throughout, and William and his friends are just as appealing as before.