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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis
Author: Douglas P. Cornelius
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Release Date: March 15, 2021
Genre: Middle Grade/Teen Historical Fiction (age 13-17)
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She is outgoing, but orphaned. He is introverted, but a world-renowned scientist. Would moving in with Uncle Isaac Newton work? When his head was always in a book or the Bible?
Teen-aged Catherine Barton tries desperately to connect, so seeks a match for her energy in the London coffeehouses. That women were not welcome there in the late 1690’s would not stop her, and she does find promising boyfriend John.
Meanwhile, Uncle Isaac, as new Warden of the Mint, has his own challenges—nabbing counterfeiters, including the notorious, William Chaloner. He enlists Catherine to spy at the coffeehouse, and she welcomes the bond—all until boyfriend John gets implicated in a counterfeiting scheme.
Then a case of smallpox, a pandemic scourge that had killed millions just decades earlier, sends her off to dreaded isolation in the countryside.
And Uncle Isaac’s battle to nab the devious Chaloner turns into a challenging chess match. Will famous scientist Newton be embarrassed by a scofflaw from the street? Will Catherine ever find her true connection?
Based on actual historical events and people. Author is a prior recipient of Moonbeam and Illumination Awards for books for faith-driven teens.
Cornelius, Douglas P. Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis. Columbus, OH: Gatekeeper Press, 2020.
Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis is an easy read. Douglas P. Cornelius has included much information without bogging down the plot. If you are like me, when you think of Isaac Newton, you think of his scientific discoveries and maybe his Christian faith. In Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis, author Douglas P. Cornelius explores Newton’s time as Master of the Mint when he worked against counterfeiting. I found the information very interesting, but I am not sure how much it will appeal to teens.
I always appreciate it when authors include historical facts and a bibliography at the end of historical fiction. I like knowing what is factual and what is from the author’s imagination. The Epilogue reads like historical notes. Cornelius also included further author notes (including information about individuals mentioned in the book), and a bibliography. With books like Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis – fiction based on the life of a real person – librarians need to make sure the book is catalogued correctly – as a fiction book not as a biography.
There would be no problem adding Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis to the fiction section of a k-12 Christian school library. The book is appropriate for middle school and up.
I received a complimentary copy of Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis. This is my honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a print copy of Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis, winner’s choice of another book by the author, and a $25 Amazon gift card!
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