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Brainwashed : Crime Travelers, Book 1 of 3 (Paperback) Paul Aertker

Brainwashed : Crime Travelers, Book 1 of 3 (Paperback) Paul Aertker

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Crime Travelers, Book 1 of 3

1000s of global reviews averaging 4.7 for the 3-book series. Pure middle-grade action-adventure. Nothing adult. Not YA-Young Adult. "The only thing dirty in this series is a diaper."

Like the Bourne Identity, but for kids, Crime Travelers tracks the secret adventures of international orphaned teens living in hotels, traveling the globe, and fighting crime worldwide. " - M. R., Editor

★★★★★ Gertrude Warner Middle-Grade Grand Prize - "An adventurous line-up that takes middle-grade readers around the globe, 
Brainwashed delivers with exciting espionage and action-packed thrills."

This middle-grade series combines "
action and adventure with global awareness and smart humor." ClarionRating® 5 Stars Lexile® Measure: 720L AR Points from Renaissance Accelerated Reader® Parents, teachers, and librarians will appreciate the worldwide geography & appropriate language for Ages 9 - 14 USA Grades: 4 - 8 #1 Amazon best-selling series in Children's Travel 300 Geographic References plus illustrative maps! FUNNY. SMART. ACTION. BRAINWASHED marks the explosive beginning of The Crime Travelers Adventure Series Also available: BOOK 2: DIAMONDS ARE FOR NEVER & BOOK 3: PRICELESS

While sleeping on the roof of his father's hotel-spy school, thirteen-year-old Lucas Benes finds a baby alone and learns that the Good Company has restarted its profitable brainwashing business. The first book in the trilogy tracks the secret urban adventures of international teenage spies. Lucas, the reluctant hero, leads a group of friends through 
the hotspots of Paris-from the catacombs to the Eiffel tower-in an all-out effort to sabotage a brainwashing ceremony that could potentially turn them all into "Good" kids.

This action-packed international series from Amazon best-selling and award-winning author Paul Aertker is a mind-opening adventure for elementary and middle-grade readers of Gordon Korman, James Patterson, and John Grisham.

"Rooftop rappelling is just the tip of the action iceberg in this 
high-energy adventure that thoughtfully addresses global issues." -Foreword Reviews

"Lucas, the hero of Crime Travelers, is 
resourceful, courageous, and most importantly, kind." -Head of School, GCDS

"I love how 
math helps the team escape danger at every corner."-K.G., middle school math teacher

"A fast-paced adventure with rescues, crashes, street fights, and more. While there are plenty of stunts typical of the 
kid spy genre-from a creepy, super-evil villain to motorcycle chases and private luxury aircraft-there is also a decidedly serious, real-life element. Full of exotic locales, the international stage is set, and Brainwashed leaves the door wide open for future installments in the Crime Travelers series. "-Foreword Reviews

GoodReads: BRAINWASHED is a novel aimed at the preteen market, and it hits the mark. The book follows 13 YO Lucas Benes, a typical kid who sleeps on the roof of a hotel, saves kidnapped babies, and rappels through windows. A group of teens fights the GOOD Company, an organization that is anything but. Whirling through all the major attractions in Paris, 
this is more of a travelogue than a nefarious story. Kids from 10 up should relish its campy flavor."

Here's a quote from Foreword Reviews: Humorous dialogue, such as "You're trying to trick me into thinking that you're trying to trick me when in reality you're trying to trick me into thinking that you're not tricking me," and over-the-top madcap scenarios add levity and comic relief to an otherwise suspenseful thriller.

June 2023

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