Thursday, May 21, 2009

Backtracked by Pedro De Alcantara - OPTIONAL

De Alcantara, Pedro Backtracked, 249 p. Delacorte (Random), 2009. $15.99.

Language: PG; Violence: PG.

The World thinks that Tommy’s older brother Jimmy was perfect, especially since he was killed Turing the 9/11 attacks. Tommy copes by rebelling and spread his graffiti all over New York City, but an especially dangerous prank turns deadly and Tommy finds himself thrown back through time – first to 1918, working in the original subway tunnels; then to 1932 and the midst of Prohibition; and finally to 1942 where he gets caught up in World War II. Aong the way, Tommy learns a lot about himself and what making good choices in life actually means. But will he ever return intact to his former life so that he can put this change of heart to use?

There is no lack of action and tension in De Alcantara’s book, but I am afraid that this one will need help to find its audience.

MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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