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The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens

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The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens

Ambrose Brody has nagging questions about his father, whose fetish for dressing in clothing from other time periods is creating problems with his job and marriage. Ambrose and his best friend, Tom Xui, go to a traveling carnival and make a beeline to the fortunetellers. Instead of getting his questions answered, Ambrose meets Frankie, a fortuneteller's daughter, and the trio start searching for Frankie's family's hidden treasure, the Time Trombone. When the exploration goes awry, they unwittingly find themselves on fantastical yet perilous time travel adventures that have the potential to change the course of history and answer a whole slew of questions on the way.
 
Rising science fiction and fantasy author Henry Clark has produced a fascinating read that is a wonderful mix of fact and fiction. Featuring Ambrose as the principal narrator, Clark's first person plot underpins issues of racism and xenophobia. Sometimes subtle, sometimes playful, other times straightforward, Clark's attentive approach is tightly intertwined with a handful of plot elements. At the top of that list is his small yet well-developed teen trio that is surrounded by a great host of good and evil adults. Functioning as foiled characters, this cast aids Ambrose, Tom and Frankie in recognizing the negative aspects of humanity. Clark then places his combined cast within real environs amid poignant moments of history, such as Ohio in the mid-19th century, where abolitionists and the Fugitive Slave Act were major issues of the day.
 
Henry Clark has produced a fascinating read that is a wonderful mix of fact and fiction.
 
Clark also keeps his story fresh by punctuating his plot with information on the ancient art of I-Chiang and Morse code. The navigational guides are not only useful for the adventurous middle schoolers but also whet the appetite of young cryptographers who are looking for their next line-up of messages to decipher. While rolling all the aforementioned literary tools into one fast-paced story, Clark closes chapters with unsuspecting cliffhangers that lead to even more of the same. A steady page turner from beginning to end, THE BOOK THAT PROVES TIME TRAVEL HAPPENS is undoubtedly both a fun and highly educational read.

Reviewed by Anita Lock on August 26, 2015

The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens
by Henry Clark

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316406163
  • ISBN-13: 9780316406161