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It is 1954 and Janie Scott is at school at Grayson Academy, the United States, working on a science project to desalinate seawater.
Just when she has it sussed, Janie's equipment and notes are stolen and, in a trumped-up accusation of cheating, she is expelled.
Fantasy enters the mix when, desperate, Janie tries to contact her friend Benjamin Burrows and his apothecary father, who are working in Vietnam.
They meet again after a crazy chase around the Pacific - but the adventure doesn't end there.
This is a lively story, whose historical background gives extra zing.
- Gillian Vine