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Mission 1: All in a Day's Work

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There are still two b-o-o-ring weeks to go until the Underground Railroad Seminar begins at school. Out of desperation, Pedro, Sophia, and Zelda Screech Cat visit Central Park Zoo. Today is Jack the Polar Bear’s first day back after Sophia and Pedro helped save him from Russian poachers. As they sit on the bench in front of the polar bear pool, a bolt of lightning strikes out of nowhere. When the cloud of smoke clears, two disheveled children in 19th-century clothing jump up from the ground. Jeb and Liza ask if Sophia and Pedro can tell them where to find the AME Zion Church. It’s a stop on the Underground Railroad. The two enslaved children had been trying to escape the Oak Grove Plantation with their father. While sailing through the Great Dismal Swamp, a large electrical storm overturned their boat. Now they have reached New York City, but it’s 2019 instead of 1832. Their new task is daunting. Sophia and Pedro must keep them safe until a permanent solution can be found. Jeb and Liza need new identities and a plausible background story, plus paperwork to attend school. This is something Sophia’s hacking skills can help with. The twins must learn how to act like savvy New York ten-year-olds. Sophia and Pedro enroll Jeb and Liza in the Underground Railroad Seminar to watch over them during the week. Upon learning Liza’s and Jeb’s last names, teacher Dr. Clara Randall knows she has information at home that will reveal the bigger story. Along with Sophia and Pedro, Dr. Randall intends to find out more, and ensure the Cru Crew does not.

On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Sophia and her co-conspirator Pedro, find adventure at every turn. As sleuths and telepaths, their self-made family (both human and non-) supports them. Sophia and Zelda Screech Cat live alone in her deceased grandmother’s apartment. Her guardian, Mr. O’D, lives across the hall. His job is to ensure Sophia’s missions do not go awry too badly. If dangers escalate, Henry, a retired FBI agent, and his NYPD nephew Lionel are ready to step in. Daily challenges arise at the duo’s posh private school daily. The reigning fashionistas and bullies of the Cru Crew find Sophia and Pedro too annoying! Pedro’s a Hispanic scholarship student, while outspoken Sophia favors red high-top sneakers over Prada stilettos. The major objection is both are at the top of the eighth-grade class at ten years old. The Cru Crew had one goal: dispose of them ASAP! After a bad day at school, Sophia and Pedro go to visit their good friend Jack the Polar Bear in the Central Park Zoo. They find him in terrible shape. He’s depressed and withdrawn. Their sleuthing mentor, Wahoo, a very classy Fifth Avenue raven, confides that Jack is terrified. Russian animal poachers are plotting to abduct him! In trying to save Jack, Sophia and Pedro find themselves in the crosshairs of the Russian mob.

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