Steel Trapp: The Challenge
By Ridley Pearson
New York: Disney Editions, 2008.
Steven “Steel” Trapp nicknamed for possessing a mind like a “steel trap” is fourteen years old and has a photogenic memory—which is both a blessing and a curse. We meet Steel aboard an Amtrak train heading to Washington, D.C. for the National Science Challenge. He is headed with his mom, his dog and his science invention, a robot that can follow scents. He isn’t on the train long when a woman gets off and leaves behind a briefcase. When Steel runs after her to return it—she tells him he must be mistaken that it is not hers. (He remembers seeing her bring it on the train—Steel is positive.) This brief case sets off a series of events that gets Steel and Kaileigh, a geeky girl he meets on the train headed to the same competition, involved with a ransom, gangs, terrorists and the F.B.I. This action-packed mystery will certainly hold the attention of the reader right up to the very end! In fact there are several mysteries inside of the briefcase mystery! This is the first in a series of books by Ridley Pearson about Steel Trapp!