The Right Hand Rule by R.M. Clark

The Right Hand Rule by R.M. Clark
Publisher: Indigo Sea Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (100 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Amy, Amanda, Marshall, and Ziggy expect their middle school to be empty on Saturday morning so they can get ready for the regional science fair. They don’t expect a botched experiment to attract a horde of time-displaced ancient Mayans when their unusual science advisor, Frederick Froth, goes missing. Now the four must use their must use their unique science skills and work together as they grapple with a Mayan War god, the Dark Rift and the principles of science to rescue Mr. Froth.

Science fairs aren’t supposed to be this exciting or dangerous.

The dialogue made me smile. This wasn’t the kind of tale that required a lot of it. The author did seem to have an intuitive understanding of when it definitely was needed, though. All of the scenes that required at least one conversation had exactly what they needed. Keeping these conversations to a minimum made me appreciate the ones that were used. If the author added one to a scene, I immediately knew that there was a very good reason for it to be there and paid close attention to what the characters were about to say.

I would have liked to see more time spent showing Ziggy, Amy, Amanda, and Marshall’s personalities. All four characters blended together in my mind as I was reading because there were so few clues about what was unique about any of them. The few hints that did exist were also hard to connect to the right person because there were so many main characters in this book.

It was fascinating to see how the main characters used science to come up with possible solutions to the problems they faced as they tried to rescue their teacher. Their logical approaches to even the most surprising plot twists made me excited to see how it would all end, especially in the last chapter or two when the pacing really picked up speed. These sections were sometimes funny and always well done.

The Right Hand Rule is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for something surprising.

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