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!

Diamond in the Roughs

The manuscript is in sections all over my studio, covered in notes and brightly colored page markers. A mug of lukewarm coffee is to my right, a silent inkjet printer is to my left, and directly in front of me is my computer, wacom tablet plugged in and ready. I’ve been sitting digitally drawi
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Three hundred pages of S. S. Taylor’s EXPEDITIONERS!

‘Tis Friday the 13th, which means that I finally get to announce the THIRD book (!!) that is on my desk and in my life: this spring and summer I am teaming up with none other than mystery novelist/teacher Sarah Stewart Taylor to illustrate the first in her fabulous chapter book series, THE EXP
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