The Alarna Affair by Ruth Lampi
Approx. 31,230 words.
Published on February 4, 2011.
Jon Gardner is planning to spend an educational summer at the archeological dig at Alarna, studying with the famous and mysterious Doctor Blackfeather. The journey by train, shadowed by a winged apparition and a brazen pickpocket, is only the beginning of the adventure. Tomb thieves and darker, older things are also hunting for artifacts in the Alarnan ruins.