Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Project by Brian Falkner

Tommy and Luke are mischievous high school students who are caught vandalizing a statue of the town's founding father using a toilet seat, toilet paper, duct tape, and a copy of The Last of the Mohicans. While trying to prove to the principal that the novel is the most boring book ever written, Luke discovers an article about Leonardo's River, a book written about Leonardo da Vinci that may be the most boring book in history. It turns out the book is located in the town's library and may be worth millions of dollars. Luke and Tommy get wrapped up in the mystery surrounding the book and the kidnapping of their teacher by Nazi sympathizers. The book may be the key that changes the outcome of World War II!

The big secret about Leonardo's River involved science fiction, but it didn't come about until the end of the plot. It's hard to believe that two high school boys can get so deeply involved in a plot that affects the entire the world, but what else is new? I enjoyed the banter and imagination between the two characters, as they tried to resolve the conflict. They tried to make sensible decisions, but the situation got out of control. The idea of changing the outcomes of past events isn't something new in literature, but combining Nazis, Leonardo da Vinci, and two high school boys was interesting.

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