The Inventors at No. 8 by A.M. Morgen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Poor George, Lord Devonshire. Poor in the sense that he's reduced to selling his grandfather's clothing, and poor in the sense that he is, in fact, the unluckiest person in the world. Down to an unpaid manservant, Frobisher, and one thing he might be able to sell for money (a map), he's trying to figure out what to do to survive and then... someone tries to steal the map. And thus starts his trek to rescue Frobisher, find the Star of Victory and restore his fortunes. Alone? No, he's got inventress Ada Byron (daughter of the mad, bad, dangerous to know Baron), abandoned-by-his-pirate-father artist Oscar, and Oscar's friend, chimpanzee Ruthie on his side.
If you know Byron's life, you'll recognize several locations and set pieces. But beyond that, and more importantly for MG readers, there's a great sense of mystery and fun here.
ARC provided by publisher.