Just as Kersten Hamilton's first book in the Gadgets and Gears series is starting to be real (it debuts in the fall), word comes of book #2 on the way!
This is a fast-paced new middle-grade series where history and technology collide. In book 1, THE MESMER MENACE, the narrator, daring dachshund Noodles, tells the story of what happened to he and his best friend, the boy inventor Wally Kennewickett, when President Theodore Roosevelt recruited Wally's genius scientist parents to help the United States fight an evil society of hypnotists called the Mesmers—and the Mesmers showed up at the Amazing Automated Inn, where Wally and Noodles' live, and only the boy and his dog were there to fight them! Thankfully, they had the derring-do and the intelligence to come up with a plan.
Book 2 continues with more adventure and more mad science, and involves Nikola Tesla, sky pirates, more of the Mesmers, an Italian location, and an eight-legged, steam-powered land yacht named Arachne.
It was acquired in a deal for World English rights, as was book 1, by Lynne Polvino at Clarion, to be published Fall 2014 and illustrated by James Hamilton, who happens to be Kersten's son.