Friday, October 26, 2012

A Mutiny in Time


“History is broken, and we need your help to fix it.” With this appeal, Dak Smyth and Sera Froste are sent on a time travelling adventure to save the world from an evil organization that has changed history, while searching for Dak’s parents who are lost in time. A Mutiny in Time is the first in the planned seven-book Infinity Ring series. Think 39 Clues with a historical slant and sarcastic humor thrown in.

It’s fitting for the first time travelling adventure to send the heroes to Spain in order to assist Christopher Columbus prepare for his voyage. This is history that all kids learn early on in school, and while A Mutiny in Time is full of historical facts, it never feels heavy handed. Even better, there is enough action to balance out the story for readers who aren’t history buffs.

I had to let go of my tendency to eyeroll (of course one of these best friends is an expert on history, while the other is brilliant enough at science that she could finish a time travel device that adults with PhDs could not) and just enjoy the story for what it is. My students won’t have the same hang-ups and will instantly be plunged into the adventures of Dak and Sera, eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. 

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