The first couple of reviews (both in journals for teachers & librarians) of The Black Box have been very positive. Here are quotes:
“…The scene in which the Spohrville Fencibles, in their authentic uniforms and singing songs from the War of 1812, manage to head off the team of Americans with excavators and trucks who are trying to steal the Black Box is quite brilliantly done… The descriptions of archaeologists at work are informative and interesting… Better-written than most best-selling kid-spy books, The Black Box will appeal to fans of adventure stories and to anyone who would love to have a benign sentient supercomputer at their beck and call.” -CM Magazine
“There is something about K.V. Johansen’s writing that grips me and pulls me in. … I found myself thinking of the story and characters for days afterwards… Johansen has again constructed a cleverly woven tale, with no loose ends or inconsistencies. Her characters are interesting and true to life.” -Karyn Huenemann, Resource Links
I do wonder what those other “best-selling kid-spy books” are ….