Congo! by J. Lucy Boyd

Congo! is a middle-grade adventure/mystery novel that will keep your breathless with anticipation.


Whitney Anderson is a fifth-grader and president of a mystery club. She and her friends help find a missing boy, but soon Whitney is headed to a strange country - Monaco - full of adventure and a man who follows her, leaving her expensive presents. Mystery follows Whitney to the Congo, in the heart of Africa, where she must find her kidnapped baby brother before time runs out.

Although Whitney misses her best friend and her life in North Carolina, she finds that she is strong enough to solve any mystery in her path. Come along with Whitney as she leaves the world of friends, bicycles, and curfews and enters the wildest rainforest on earth. You just might find some adventure yourself!


Whitney Anderson is an 11-year-old girl who grows from the sheltered, slightly-neurotic president of the Research Triangle Park Secret Society into a confident young lady who foils her baby brother's kidnapping in the Conglese rainforest. As Congo! opens, Whitney is a typical fifth-grader living in North Carolina, the child of two driven medical researchers. She and her friends solve mysteries in their spare time, finding joy in childhood predictability.

Soon, her parents are sent to Monaco for a secret project, leaving Whitney to navigate a new country largely on her own. A strange older man begins following her, gifiting her with expensive presents, while her distracted parents are lost in their work.

Life in Monaco seems challenging until the family is suddenly uprooted to the Congo, living in a hut in the middle of the rainforest. Away from everything she knows, Whitney is forced to develop inner strength as she endures challenges from helping deliver her baby brother to finding ways to communicate with a native boy who's falling hard for her.

While Congo! is premised as a thrilling adventure/mystery book, adults will recognize the true theme: the meaning of family and how it shapes our lives. This middle-grade novel rings true on all levels as the outstanding author conducted numerous interviews and extensively researched the novel's three settings.    


Language: English


Word Count: 43,400

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Annerie Lemmer
Already translated. Translated by Geraldine Solignac
Author review:
Ms. Solignac is an excellent translator. I have dealt with many translators here at Babelcube, which makes me qualified to report that her work is at the top. She goes through every single word on her own to bring the project to life. She met her deadline. It is a pleasure to work with her and hope I will be able to do so again.
Already translated. Translated by Simona Trapani
Translation in progress. Translated by Aryane Sartori
Translation in progress. Translated by Lana Sue Waller

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