Smith, Greg Leitich and Illustrated by Henry, Blake Chronal Engine 192 pgs. Clarion Books, 2012. $12.13. (Rating: G)
Max and his twin siblings Kyle and Emma are sent to live with their Grandfather that they hardly know. When their Grandfather has a heart attack, they find out about a time machine in the basement. When Emma is kidnapped by another time traveler, the boys and a new friend Petra, must use the time machine to find her. They end up in the very distant past –full of the dangers of Dinosaurs. The kids have a lot on their plate, and must survive while they problem solve.
Students that love dinosaurs will hands down love this book. I thought it was intriguing and fun. Some of the Dino names are a challenge, they are well described and interesting. While some of the time travel parts get confusing, I think students will still really enjoy this read.
ELEMENTARY–ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.