The Expeditioners

and the Secret of King Triton’s Lair (Book 2 — Hardback)

By S. S. Taylor, illustrated by Katherine Roy

Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.

McSweeney’s McMullens, September 23rd, 2014. Age Level: 10 and up. Grade Level: 4th and up.

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and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon (Book 1 — Paperback)

By S. S. Taylor, illustrated by Katherine Roy

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Brilliant explorer Alexander West has just died under mysterious circumstances, but not before smuggling half of a strange map to his intrepid children—Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave. Why are so many government agents trying to steal the half-map? (And where is the other half?) It’s up to Alexander West’s children—the Expeditioners—to get to the bottom of these questions, and fast.

McSweeney’s McMullens, December 11th, 2012. Age Level: 10 and up. Grade Level: 4th and up.

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Praise for The Expeditioners Series

  • I have a handful of readers who absolutely loved the first novel, The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon, and I cannot wait to hand them this second installment... The Expeditioners is an excellent steampunk adventure series with tons of heart and appeal.
    —The Show Me Librarian
  • The Expeditioners rollicks, twists, turns and chases through canyons and arroyos, along airships and gliders, through boxcars and crumbling mansions, and on the way the heroes uncover all sorts of fabulous mysteries through their own cunning and bravery. It is a thoroughly smashing read.
    —Boing Boing
  • The Expeditioners has it all: secret maps, hidden treasure, villains, cool gadgets, plenty of adventure, and three intrepid siblings joining forces to save the day. Middle graders will love it, but this middle-ager couldn’t put it down.
    —Shelf Unbound
  • The story moves at a thrilling pace, and the adventure will capture the imagination of readers. Roy's illustrations add another terrific element to the story; the jacket, endpapers, and cover of the hardcover book are stunning. I hope this title marks the first in a series.
    —The Show Me Librarian
  • Between author S.S. Taylor's fast-moving, appealing tale, and Katherine Roy's plentiful illustrations that bring the characters to life, The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon has a lot to offer readers young and old.
    —Common Sense Media
  • A wonderful example of steampunk done well.
    —School Library Journal
  • Beautifully written and nail-bitingly thrilling, this is an easy series to get hooked on.
    —San Francisco Chronicle
  • We don’t normally cover kids’ books in this space, but we can’t help but be kind of excited for this one... The first middle-grade novel from McSweeney’s McMullens imprint, we may just have the next big thing on our hands.
  • The retro-futuristic technology, never-before-seen sights, and danger provide plenty of fodder for Roy's playful illustrations, which have an adventurous, Jonny Quest flair.
    —Publishers Weekly
  • Can three orphaned siblings with half a map beat an oppressive government to a secret, gold-filled canyon?... Full of kid power, clues, codes and maps, this will appeal to sophisticated readers who appreciate their adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness.
    —Kirkus Reviews
  • Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers.
    —Winter 2012-2013 Kids' Indie Next List

Blog Posts About The Expeditioners!

Plankton, Picture Books, and Tiny Magic

Noctiluca, Part One It was the middle of the night, a few days after my 23rd birthday, and I’d just been woken up by a tap on my shoulder. I was aboard a wooden tall ship, the schooner Adventuress on the Puget Sound, and it was my turn for the “anchor watch” shift. I grabbed my flashlight and
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Take Two! How I Designed the Cover for Expeditioners 2

Designing a book cover is one of those assignments that illustration teachers love to give and illustration students hate to do. Another new cover for GREAT EXPECTATIONS? Really? Okay… well… there’s a convict, a boy, Miss Havisham… did I even finish reading this in high school? As redundant as cover
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How to Make a Steampunk Submarine

I love making models. Any excuse to build one will do. Sometimes, it’s really tough to draw something straight out of my imagination, and seeing it in real life can make all the difference. A shark model to get the fins right? Terrific. A clay mock-up of the West children to nail that cave lighting?
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Expeditioners Halloween

I have always loved dressing up for Halloween. Animals, historical costumes, Disney characters and comic book superheroes have been my go-to categories, most of which I either made (or helped my mom make) over the years. Even now as a grown-up I’ve still got my sewing machine and a few costume
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