The Lost Tribes

Codes. Tribal artifacts. The fate of the universe . . .

Ben Webster dreams of basketball championships and NBA contracts in his future. That is until his uncle offers a challenge –  solve a virtual game and earn the trip of a lifetime. A spot on his final world expedition. Ben enlists the help of his sister and friends to solve the cryptic clues and obscure puzzles in time. After the parents all go missing the friends realize the game is actually pointing toward a secret that’s best left unknown. Now the five friends must race against time in their search for tribal artifacts sent to Earth thousands of years ago. Artifacts which hold the fate of the universe in the balance.

But unbeknownst to to the five children, they are catalysts in an ancient score that must be settled.

Book Reviews
“Well-written and well-paced: a promising start to what should be an exciting and unusual sci-fi series.” —Kirkus Reviews, Jan 2015

“Fascinating, gripping and action-packed. If you like puzzles, mysterious ancient civilizations, or The 39 Clues, you’ll love The Lost Tribes.” —Tui Sutherland, NYT‘s bestselling author of the Wings of Fire Series.

“It’s a wildly imaginative, super-fun ride that runs from cliffhanger to cliffhanger…I’m always on the lookout for books that beg NOT to be put down and this was one of them.” —Chris Tebbetts, NYT‘s bestselling author of the Middle School series.

“This is science fiction that is so well grounded it appeals to all readers, even those who claim they don’t like science fiction. It’s a thrilling, high-stakes adventure with characters you care about, even finding yourself working through puzzles with them, all the while looking over your shoulder for the next ingenious emergency. In short, this is an all-nighter—a book you’ll read all night because it has the power and inventiveness dreams are made of.” —Kathy Erskine, author of Mockingbird, National Book Award Winner.

“Combining world travel, video games, puzzles, archeology, advanced technology, mysterious parents, growing danger, and a group of ambitious teenagers, The Lost Tribes by C. Taylor-Butler is quite the adventure.” —Chris Koppenhaver, Lackmann Library, Lenexa  KS

“I’m always happy when there is a new sic fi book for middle grade, especially these days when it’s non-dystopian sci fi. And this one adds ancient mysteries from around the world. Nice.” —Charlou Lunsford, Blue Valley Library, Overland Park, KS

About the Author
C. Taylor-Butler (Christine Taylor-Butler), an MIT trained Civil Engineer, is the author of more than 70 books for children, including Sacred Mountain: Everest. She has won the Best Children’s Book of the Year Award and a host of other awards. Her short stories and essays have appeared in magazines and journals including the Horn Book Review, and Scholastic’s Read and Rise Literacy Guide for Parents, to name a few. In addition to her writing activities, she chairs MIT’s Regional Educational Council and serves on the Missouri Judicial Performance Committee. When not conducting various science experiments for many of her books: how to make solid objects float when they shouldn’t, creating invisible force fields with magnets, and making electricity from fruits and vegetables (bringing the love of science to classrooms everywhere), the author has traveled to remote places, such as the Tongas National Forest in Alaska, to scout unusual locations for her debut science fiction/adventure novel, The Lost Tribes. She lives in Missouri where she is responsible for the care and feeding of a spouse, college kids, cats, fish and a very needy 104-year-old historic house.
About the Illustrator
Patrick Arrasmith has illustrated for both large and small publishers like – Greenwillow Books, Macmillan, Night Shade Books, Oxford University Press, Parachute Press, Penguin Books, Random House, Scholastic, Subterranean Press, Tor, Viking Press. Most, if not all, of his work is done in the medium of scratchboard. Scratchboard is a thin layer of white clay, machine-applied to a base of illustration board. The clay is coated with black ink. A blade not unlike a scalpel is used to scratch off lines of the black ink, revealing the white surface below. All color in the illustration is applied on a computer. You only have to take a look at the cover and interior art of The Lost Tribes to see the painstaking work and time put into each carving. 
Book Specifications
Target Audience: Boys
Trim size: 6 x 9″
Interior: B&W interior and illustrations
Page Count: 368
Grade Range: 4 to 7
Age Range: 9 to 12
Pub Date: March 2015
ISBN: 978-0-98548-108-7

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