“The Wrong Wrights,” Secret Smithsonian Adventures
Aiming at a 9-to-12-year-old audience, Smithsonian Books is launching a series of graphic novels featuring school-age heroes who use tools that kids can learn about in the museum – and some sci-fi-style superpowers – to solve mysteries and to keep bad guys from distorting history.
The first of the “Secret Smithsonian Adventures” is “The Wrong Wrights,” in which classmates Dominique, Eric, Josephine and Ajay visit the Air and Space Museum and find that it suddenly has no airplanes or rocket ships – just dirigibles and balloons.
With the aid of a disembodied artificial intelligence helper named Smitty, they travel back in time to rescue the pioneers of aviation. Meanwhile, they learn about aerodynamics. The book was written by Steve Hockensmith and Chris Kientz and illustrated by Lee Nielsen.
Upcoming volumes in the paperback series will include “Claws and Effect,” set in the National Museum of Natural History, in which the four kids meet evildoers who want to bring dinosaurs back to life (sound familiar?) and “Treason by George,” featuring the Museum of American History and involving a plot to change the past.