Time, Nicolas O. Stay a Spell (In Due Time #2) 155 pgs. Simon Spotlight, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
In this second book, three different students from the Sands Middle School get a chance to change history in this time travel story. Jada, Daniel, and Abby are given this chance by their librarian, who has a magical book called The Book of Memories. Jada wants to go back in time and change her spelling test but the librarian Ms. Tremt has a different idea and the students are sent back to the 1970’s. They meet Jada’s aunt in her first job in the clothing industry and go dancing at a record story in Hollywood. But there is a new danger for the young time travelers as a shady character Tim Raveltere is introduced into the story. Will they figure out what he is up to?
This book just has a forced feel to me, with lots of awkward odd details and plotlines. Just like the first book, I didn’t feel like the characters had distinct personalities. I always find myself liking the main character but the two friends just don’t come to life. Overall the writing feels like an adult pretending to be a kid. I do like that they can make small changes to history, since its an old cliché in time travel stories that you shouldn’t make any changes.
EL –OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.