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Brimming with mystery and treasure, this action-packed tale sends a boy in need of luck and girl in need of a friend on an adventure that will change their lives forever. Meet George, the third Lord of Devonshire and the unluckiest boy in London. Why is George so unlucky? First, he's an orphan. Second, unless he sells everything, he's about to lose his house. So when his fa Brimming with mystery and treasure, this action-packed tale sends a boy in need of luck and girl in need of a friend on an adventure that will change their lives forever. Meet George, the third Lord of Devonshire and the unluckiest boy in London. Why is George so unlucky? First, he's an orphan. Second, unless he sells everything, he's about to lose his house. So when his family's last heirloom, a priceless map to the Star of Victory (a unique gem said to bring its owner success in any battle) is stolen by a nefarious group of criminals, George knows that there is no one less lucky-or more alone-than he is. That is until Ada Byron, the future Countess of Lovelace, bursts into his life. She promises to help George recover his family legacy, and is determined to find her own father along the way--all in a flying machine she built herself. Joined by a mischievous orangutan and the long-lost son of an infamous pirate, Ada and George take off on a cross-continent journey through the skies that will change their lives, and perhaps the world, forever.


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Brimming with mystery and treasure, this action-packed tale sends a boy in need of luck and girl in need of a friend on an adventure that will change their lives forever. Meet George, the third Lord of Devonshire and the unluckiest boy in London. Why is George so unlucky? First, he's an orphan. Second, unless he sells everything, he's about to lose his house. So when his fa Brimming with mystery and treasure, this action-packed tale sends a boy in need of luck and girl in need of a friend on an adventure that will change their lives forever. Meet George, the third Lord of Devonshire and the unluckiest boy in London. Why is George so unlucky? First, he's an orphan. Second, unless he sells everything, he's about to lose his house. So when his family's last heirloom, a priceless map to the Star of Victory (a unique gem said to bring its owner success in any battle) is stolen by a nefarious group of criminals, George knows that there is no one less lucky-or more alone-than he is. That is until Ada Byron, the future Countess of Lovelace, bursts into his life. She promises to help George recover his family legacy, and is determined to find her own father along the way--all in a flying machine she built herself. Joined by a mischievous orangutan and the long-lost son of an infamous pirate, Ada and George take off on a cross-continent journey through the skies that will change their lives, and perhaps the world, forever.

30 review for The Inventors at No. 8 (The Inventors)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    George thinks he's unlucky. He's lost everyone and because he's the third Lord of Devonshire, but still a child, he has no way to make money and has to sell everything he owns to make ends meet. The only possession he has left is an old map created by his grandfather. The map is supposed to lead to the Star of Victory, a gemstone with the power to make its owner victorious. However, George might have to sell his map, so he won't starve. When someone steals it he's beside himself. Because of his George thinks he's unlucky. He's lost everyone and because he's the third Lord of Devonshire, but still a child, he has no way to make money and has to sell everything he owns to make ends meet. The only possession he has left is an old map created by his grandfather. The map is supposed to lead to the Star of Victory, a gemstone with the power to make its owner victorious. However, George might have to sell his map, so he won't starve. When someone steals it he's beside himself. Because of his bad luck he hasn't left the house in years and now he has to open his front door and step into the wide world if he wants to save his family's legacy. While chasing his map George ends up on Ada Byron's doorstep. She's an inventor and has seen a lot of the world already. She's looking for her father and combining their quests seems like a good plan. They will go after the Star of Victory using Ada's favorite flying machine. She's built it herself. While flying they discover they aren't alone, they have two stowaways on board, the son of a pirate and a monkey. Can they help with their mission? Will the overseas journey be a success and will George discover who's behind the theft? Is there a chance he can turn his luck or will he remain unlucky forever? The Inventors at No. 8 is a fabulous entertaining adventure. George has lost everyone and everything he holds dear and is afraid and pessimistic because of it. He always acts in an abundance of caution, he sees almost everything as a risk and hopes doing nothing will keep him safe. Life doesn't work that way though and Ada shows George that bravery works. She's a fiery and smart girl. She always has a plan, she's got plenty of secrets and I loved the air of mystery around her. I couldn't wait to find out where their voyage in Ada's flying machine would lead and was captivated by the enchanting The Inventors at No. 8 straight away. A.M. Morgen has a fantastic descriptive writing style. I absolutely loved her tone of voice, which contains the exact right amount of irony and perfectly suits the story. I like fierce and capable heroines and Ada definitely falls into that category. She shows George that the world isn't just scary, it's also beautiful and fun and interesting. I enjoyed how A.M. Morgen works with the concept of friendship, sometimes it's unlikely this unusual match will succeed, but there's always something that brings Ada and George together. If they unite, they can do anything and that's such a great theme for a story. I really enjoyed The Inventors at No. 8, it's original, creative and compelling.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily Berge

    A complete and utter delight. Honestly, I love this book and I can't stop gushing about it. It's funny, heartfelt, and just the right amount of dark. Young Ada Lovelace is the type of weirdo I love to see on the page and George ("The Unluckiest Boy in London") is the middle grade misanthrope of my dreams. It reminded me of reading A Series of Unfortunate Events for the first time and I found myself actually laughing out loud. Highly recommend to any middle grade (or adult!) reader.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Admittedly, it's not really an ARC anymore, since I think? this book came out earlier this month, but I did actually read it earlier! I just... haven't had time to catch up on reviews/ratings. Time management is something I need to get better at. ANYWAY: This book was fantastic. It's sort of like... Series of Unfortunate Events meets Peter and the Starcatchers. Absolutely not a combination I would ever think would work, but it really, really does. Morgen blends a delightfully disastrous main cha Admittedly, it's not really an ARC anymore, since I think? this book came out earlier this month, but I did actually read it earlier! I just... haven't had time to catch up on reviews/ratings. Time management is something I need to get better at. ANYWAY: This book was fantastic. It's sort of like... Series of Unfortunate Events meets Peter and the Starcatchers. Absolutely not a combination I would ever think would work, but it really, really does. Morgen blends a delightfully disastrous main character with a steampunk flying machine and a treasure hunt of epic proportions into a wonderful, wild ride. Also, Ada Lovelace is there. Which makes everything better. (Technically, she's still Ada Byron at this point, but my point still stands.) If you love globe-trotting adventures, swashbuckling treasure-hunts, and hilariously bad luck, you will love this book. There's a flying machine, pirates, a legendary treasure, ghost stories, an orangutan, Venice, precocious twelve-year-olds, chases, dramatic escapes, robotic fish, and just enough magic to make things...well, incredible. It's a beautiful story about friendship and adventure and the magic of stepping outside your front door. Which is very important for kids. And not-kids. Seriously, this is fun for everyone. Please love it as I love it and there will be joy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Quirky. That's the word that comes to mind when thinking about the story, the characters, the steampunk vibes, and A.M Morgen's literary voice. This novel has it all: espionage-like conspiracies, inventions galore, heart and heartache, adventures, foreign countries, fancy clothes, lovable old servants, young and spirited daredevils, and, why not, pirates. We meet Geor I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Quirky. That's the word that comes to mind when thinking about the story, the characters, the steampunk vibes, and A.M Morgen's literary voice. This novel has it all: espionage-like conspiracies, inventions galore, heart and heartache, adventures, foreign countries, fancy clothes, lovable old servants, young and spirited daredevils, and, why not, pirates. We meet George, 12-year-old Lord of Devonshire. He is out of money. His trusty butler, and only friend, is steadily selling off everything they own, so they can survive. George has one prized possession though - a map to the Star of Victory - which promises bountiful success to the owner. We also meet Ada Byron, the future Countess of Lovelace (yes, that countess!), and more importantly, accomplished adventurer and inventor. Together with Ada and two other friends, one of them being an orangutan, George begins the search for the Star of Victory since The Organization has kidnapped his butler and demands the gem as ransom. Traveling across Europe, the team faces many riddles and overcomes many risky situations. This story is fast and interesting and relatable and fantastical; just what anyone in middle grade (or really any other age) needs. I truly enjoyed reading this book. I wanted to get to know the characters better with every page I turned. I loved the journey they were on and kept crossing my fingers that they would find what they were looking for. Truly a magical book that takes you on an exciting quest to find a gem and to find yourself. Readers of all ages will want to be a part of this world. I have to give the author a special shout-out for finding inspiration in Ada Lovelace and making her one heroine of this book. I greatly appreciate the recognition the real Ada Lovelace received with this story. See my blog (spoilers possible!) here: https://ichleseblog.wordpress.com/201....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pages & Cup

    4.5/5 stars. I haven't read a middle-grade book as entertaining as Harry Potter until now. I absolutely loved the blend of steampunk, mystery, adventure, history and humor.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    I really wanted to love this book since I noticed several people gave it five stars, but the main character is so unlikeable, even when he tries to be likeable just put me off, hence the four stars. Also, I don't get the title of this book. No. 8 is where George (the 3rd Lord of Devonshire, which we get reminded of ad nauseum throughout the story) lives. George is not an inventor. His neighbor, Ada, who lives at No. 5 is the inventor... so this book should technically be called the Inventor at No I really wanted to love this book since I noticed several people gave it five stars, but the main character is so unlikeable, even when he tries to be likeable just put me off, hence the four stars. Also, I don't get the title of this book. No. 8 is where George (the 3rd Lord of Devonshire, which we get reminded of ad nauseum throughout the story) lives. George is not an inventor. His neighbor, Ada, who lives at No. 5 is the inventor... so this book should technically be called the Inventor at No. 5. The best character is Ruthie, the orangutan. I am also partial to Oscar, the aspiring artist and geologist. Ada is great. Add in a smattering of other characters and then farther down the list is George, the protagonist. I just could not bring myself to like him because he is so rude! He is mean to everyone, including Ada and Oscar, who despite this actually try to continue to help him on this adventure to find the Star of Victory so he can save his manservant, Frobisher, who seems to be the only person George genuinely cares about besides himself. Yes, George has some revelations about what a snot he has been but it takes him a very long time to stop being such a jerk and it really detracted from the story so much that I almost gave up on this book. Despite my intense dislike of George, I actually did enjoy the story. The journey across Europe in a "mechanical bird" was intriguing and Ada is a great female role model character. I had no idea this was based on a real person. I strongly recommend reading the author's notes at the end of the book because she explains what kind of person Ada Byron really was and she sounds quite remarkable. Overall, I would say this is a super fun adventure story with a lot of lessons about friendship and the struggles of growing up (even though this is Victorian England...save for the mention the characters wind up in Queen Victoria's menagerie, I never would have guessed that). While there are danger elements and a swashbuckling pirate battle, this is a good bedtime book to read with the kiddos, especially if they love orangutans!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    The Inventors At No. 8 By A.M. Morgen What it's all about... Oh my...George...the 3rd Lord Of Devonshire...has sold everything in his possession in order to maintain his house....but...his house is still sadly crumbling to pieces. He has nothing left to sell other than a map that was left to him by his grandfather. This map leads to the Star Of Victory...which is at the heart of this book. However...George is a very cowardly little boy...he feels overwhelmed and broken because of the very bad luck t The Inventors At No. 8 By A.M. Morgen What it's all about... Oh my...George...the 3rd Lord Of Devonshire...has sold everything in his possession in order to maintain his house....but...his house is still sadly crumbling to pieces. He has nothing left to sell other than a map that was left to him by his grandfather. This map leads to the Star Of Victory...which is at the heart of this book. However...George is a very cowardly little boy...he feels overwhelmed and broken because of the very bad luck that seems to follow him everywhere. He meets Ada Byron...she lives down the street...together they decide to find the Star Of Victory. Through Ada he meets Oscar...a boy with amazing artistic talent...and Ruthie...a baby orangutang. Let the adventures begin! Why I wanted to read it... I have a very special fondness for middle grade books. This one had a bit of everything...fantasy, adventure, a very cute animal...Ruthie...bad guys nonfiction characters and science! What made me truly enjoy this book... This author’s writing and humor and imagination were all wonderful. I loved George and the way these new relationships with real friends helped him to grow brave and strong. Ada...well...Ada was self assured and inventive. The boys and Ruthie knew that she would keep them safe! Why you should read it, too... Readers who love MG adventure books will truly love this one! I can’t wait for another adventure in this series. Plus...the mix of real characters with the fictional ones...was delightful. I feel as though I have actually met Charles Darwin. I received an advance reader’s copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and Amazon. It was my choice to read it and review it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sher

    The Inventors at No. 8 is about the unluckiest boy in London. Twelve-year-old George, the Lord of Devonshire is broke. His trustworthy butler, and only friend, has steadily sold off everything not nailed down to survive. The only thing left is his one prized possession, a map to the Star of Victory - a gem which promises bountiful success to the owner. Stolen by a nefarious group of criminals, George thinks all is lost until Ada Byron, the future Countess of Lovelace, bursts into his life. A ne The Inventors at No. 8 is about the unluckiest boy in London. Twelve-year-old George, the Lord of Devonshire is broke. His trustworthy butler, and only friend, has steadily sold off everything not nailed down to survive. The only thing left is his one prized possession, a map to the Star of Victory - a gem which promises bountiful success to the owner. Stolen by a nefarious group of criminals, George thinks all is lost until Ada Byron, the future Countess of Lovelace, bursts into his life. A neighbor from across the street, and more importantly, an accomplished adventurer and inventor promises to help. George is uncertain about the airship until he learns his butler (and only friend) was kidnapped by The Organization. The gem is the ransom price. Off with Ada and 2 new friends, George and new friends fly across Europe chasing the clues leading to the Star of Victory. Well plotted story with quirky characters who stay true to themselves and their new friends. We get to see the friendships develop between the reluctant adventurer, the intelligent inventor, the lost pirate and Ruthie, the best sidekick ever. Loved the steampunk aspect of the adventure. Relatable, yet fantastical and heartfelt with just the right balance of dark and light. Both boys and girls would feel right at home with George, Ada and Oscar. Great for a middle grader or to be read aloud to younger children. It has a little of everything - riddles, puzzles, spies, daredevils and pirates! Truly a magical book where you join an exciting quest to find a gem and to find yourself. I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    The Inventors at No. 8 follows an unfortunate young boy by the name of George who has been totally and uttely orphaned except for his man Frobisher. He believes himself to have a supernatural case of bad luck, which makes him rather useless and annoying for a while as it is quite obvious that it is false. He's rather underdeveloped and spends a large part of the story being naive and missing hints. The book also has a small bit of factual error: George's father would not have been a Lord of Devo The Inventors at No. 8 follows an unfortunate young boy by the name of George who has been totally and uttely orphaned except for his man Frobisher. He believes himself to have a supernatural case of bad luck, which makes him rather useless and annoying for a while as it is quite obvious that it is false. He's rather underdeveloped and spends a large part of the story being naive and missing hints. The book also has a small bit of factual error: George's father would not have been a Lord of Devonshire if his father were still alive, as the father died last, and there is not such thing as a Lord of..., only a Lord .../Baron... Additionally, the word ego would not have been in common usage at this time, being popularised by Sigmund Freud. It doesn't really detract, but once you notice, it begins to feel sloppy. Additionally, the surprises contained in Ada Byron don't balance against her omniscience and overconfidence, which is completely unendearing. The twists, which should have been one worthy of the name, were quite obvious due to the complete lack of smokescreens and lack of guile in the book. This is honestly just a book of trope. A digital copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Osgood

    So, an unlucky, impoverished young lord and a brilliant girl inventor follow an old map to find a treasure and save a friend. And Iacopo Bruno did the cover. What's not to like? This should be right up my alley. Well, this is really picky, but the only inventor lives at No. 5, not No. 8. The map apparently only leads to one spot. But mostly, George, the main character, is really annoying. He's whiny and cowardly and grudge-holding, and as soon as he starts to feel brave or forgiving, he turns ar So, an unlucky, impoverished young lord and a brilliant girl inventor follow an old map to find a treasure and save a friend. And Iacopo Bruno did the cover. What's not to like? This should be right up my alley. Well, this is really picky, but the only inventor lives at No. 5, not No. 8. The map apparently only leads to one spot. But mostly, George, the main character, is really annoying. He's whiny and cowardly and grudge-holding, and as soon as he starts to feel brave or forgiving, he turns around and whines some more. The most likeable characters are Oscar and his friend the orangutan. Enigmatic inventor Ada becomes more interesting in the Author's Note at the end. It's an okay adventure, with some definite surprises, but I don't think I'll be following George's future career with much interest.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Garner

    I would like to Little Brown Book Company for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This focuses on a young boy, named George, who is known to have awful luck. George enlists a group of misfit kids and an orangoutang to help him find his family treasure to save his friend who has been kidnapped for ransom. This book was so amazing. It was action packed and just flew by. It was so well written and contains strong, independent characters. Ada is my new favorite I would like to Little Brown Book Company for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This focuses on a young boy, named George, who is known to have awful luck. George enlists a group of misfit kids and an orangoutang to help him find his family treasure to save his friend who has been kidnapped for ransom. This book was so amazing. It was action packed and just flew by. It was so well written and contains strong, independent characters. Ada is my new favorite heroine. She is a kick butt, fearless chick. I hands down recommend this book to everyone middle grade and up! Trust me it's worth it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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 inventre 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Seymour

    I read an early copy of this and loved the heart, the wit, the adventure, and the imagination. It's full of larger-than-life characters, fantastic gadgets, thrilling conspiracies, twists, turns, puzzles, and adventure. Exactly the kind of thing I'd recommend to a kid looking for a fun read based on a real person. The author's note mentions that it was written in the spirit of Ada Lovelace's letters, to appeal to the girl the author thought she was, and I think it probably would have. Looks like I read an early copy of this and loved the heart, the wit, the adventure, and the imagination. It's full of larger-than-life characters, fantastic gadgets, thrilling conspiracies, twists, turns, puzzles, and adventure. Exactly the kind of thing I'd recommend to a kid looking for a fun read based on a real person. The author's note mentions that it was written in the spirit of Ada Lovelace's letters, to appeal to the girl the author thought she was, and I think it probably would have. Looks like there's likely a sequel in the works, and I'm looking forward to it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Griffin

    A steampunk novel that melds together history and a mystery packed adventure that will draw in younger listeners and readers. I enjoyed the narration and the story of George. Also, the elements of history, such as the historical figures like Lord Byron and Darwin, were a great addition. This, I believe would be a fun read for younger readers who enjoy a great adventure story. *I was given a copy of the audiobook for an honest review*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    George-the unluckiest boy in London, Ada-a mechanical genius, Oscar-son of an infamous pirate and Ruthie-a mischievous orangutan, four very unlikely heroes out to save a kidnapped butler, rescue a stolen map and search for a hidden treasure and find a missing Dad. Delightful middle grade adventure that I am hoping will be the start of a series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Sumrow

    This was a such a fun story! I absolutely adored the characters and how their friendships developed. Children that gravitate to stories of reluctant adventurers will definitely LOVE the story of George and his friends! Ada is captivating with her intelligence and wit (and inventions!), and she, along with Oscar and Ruthie show George what it means to be a true friend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Glasstown Entertainment

    A thoughtful, funny, well-written series that will charm parents and children alike. When George, the Unluckiest Boy in London, meets a young Ada Lovelace, he is swept up in a whirlwind of adventure that includes lost treasure, flying machines, secret societies, and more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nhi

    This book had kept me on the edge of my seat when I first opened the book. It has mystery, adventure, and friendship rolled into one. If you love a book that keeps you wondering what would happen next, I suggest you read The Inventors at No. 8.

  19. 4 out of 5

    LOURDES (ChaptersWeLove)

    This story was such a treat I'm so glad I finally made the time to read it. I loved the characters Ada & Oscar the most but they were all great. This is such an amazing middle grade book and I do recommend it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liz Edelbrock

    I love, love, loved this book. Fun and fantastical, it was exciting and full of great characters and settings. The end was satisfying, even though you could tell they were setting up for a next book :) Can't wait to share it with my 9 yo.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Sakash

    Fun adventure read for middle grades.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Buxton

    B. children's fiction, adventure, treasure map, friendship

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jarod

    A fun read with adventure and interesting inventions. I received this book for free as part of the Goodreads First Reads program

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda-Has-A-Bookcase

    Five stars! Very fun read and perfect for the middle grade reader. Adventurous and fun!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Felicia Allen

    I loved this book and hope that it will be a series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica Fastenau

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    review TK

  28. 5 out of 5

    Oliver

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

  30. 4 out of 5

    E.S. Wesley

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