“THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS AND THE ARCH OF ATLANTIS”
by Sharon Ledwith
REVIEWED BY: Ellen Fritz
When Amanda Sault and her four classmates are caught in a major food fight at school, they are given the choice of suspension or yard duty. It was a no-brainer. A two-week crash course in landscaping leads the kids to discover a weathered stone arch buried in an overgrown backyard. Instead of a forgotten lawn ornament, it turns out to be an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis. Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers—legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from an evil force—the five children, along with two offbeat adults, are sent on the adventure of their lives to save the Earth from an uncertain future. The Timekeepers’ first mission lands them in England in 1214, where they must find an adolescent Robin Hood and his band of merry teens before history is turned upside-down.
What a delightful, fun read! Who could imagine that a punishment could turn into high adventure for five adolescents and two adults - one an unemployed professor and the other said to be a witch - or in the words of the locals: "a bona fide, true-blue hex-machine from England"? From a garden in America they are drawn through the Arch of Atlantis, into an Atlantean temple to be told what they are and what their purpose is. Then they are propelled into medieval England on the eve of the May Day celebrations at Nottingham. The seven discover that the sheriff of Nottingham had vanished and been replaced by somebody from their own time and that history is on the brink of going horribly astray. So, how about creating some chaos to restore the natural order and ensure that history runs its course?
“The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis” is a wonderfully humorous and highly exciting read. Between laughing out loud at the extremely lively, witty dialogue and smiling at the bickering of the characters, I found it difficult to be serious even when disaster seemed imminent.
The marvelously realistic and unique characters endeared themselves to me in the very first couple of chapters. It was fascinating to see how each of them developed and discovered their unique talents during the course of the story. An artificial hand that becomes a magical artifact, and a slingshot made from a forked branch and a jockstrap, are just some of the highly unusual things that can happen when your mission requires you to use what you have on your person, and only that. Although the story in itself is really outstanding, the dialogue and interaction of the children, liberally spiced with hilarious wordplay, makes it a truly unforgettable read.
This is the kind of book you would want to keep and reread whenever you need to laugh and relax. Suitable for readers of all ages, I wish I could give this book more than the five stars it most definitely deserves.
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