Musa Monday – The Last Timekeepers
I know I already featured this young adult time-travel fantasy, but I hadn’t read it then. Now I have! I really enjoyed this book! My review will follow, but first – the cover (click to buy) and the synopsis.
Children are the keys to our future. And now, children are the only hope for our past.
When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.
The Last Timekeepers and Arch of Atlantis was very well-written with fun, likeable characters that made me laugh every step of the way. One of my favorite things about the book was the hilarious, middle-school banter between all of the kids, including some of the most creative insults I’ve ever heard (one of my favorites – “nut bar”). Aside from making me laugh, this book also had an interesting, well-crafted plot that delivered excitement as well as educational history. Since it takes place in Robin Hood’s time, it was fun to get to see those types of characters through the kids’ eyes who came from our era. If you like that time period, you’re sure to enjoy this book.
I will say that The Last Timekeepers is geared toward maybe 9th grade and younger. Obviously, I still enjoyed it, but I could tell it was written for a younger audience. Either way you slice it, though, Sharon Ledwith is an amazing writer with a grand, time-travel novel that will make adults smile as they relax in the carefree innocence of a sweet but fun young adult book and enthrall young readers as they eagerly flip through its pages.