Monday, July 30, 2018

Stealing the Sword by Wendy Mass -- ADVISABLE

Stealing the Sword (Time Jumpers #1) by Wendy Mass, illustrated by Oriol Vidal. CHAPTER BOOK. Branches (Scholastic), August 28, 2018. $11.

Content: G



Brother and sister Chase and Ava find an old suitcase while at a flea market. To their surprise, it takes them back in time to an Arthurian sword fight. Only, someone messed with the timeline before they got there, and now King Arthur is in danger of losing the fight -- and possibly his life! Can Ava and Chase figure out how to save the king and still make it back to their own time?

Fans of the Magic Treehouse series will likely enjoy the Time Jumpers books, too, with the brother/sister duo, historical settings, and magical time-traveling device. The quick pace and frequent pictures will keep many children reading. Some of the writing is pretty clunky, with the kids just happening to overhear some pretty convenient conversations and characters who are either completely kind or totally mwah-ha-ha evil -- but, let's face it, those who enjoy the Magic Treehouse series are used to that sort of thing anyway.

Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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