Anne Dublin, author of prize-winning historical fiction and biographies for young readers, tries her hand at a time-travel fantasy set against the real life situation of a child’s adjustment to a new family after his parents’ divorce and his father’s remarriage. It is Jonah’s father’s weekend and Jonah is doing his best to communicate his unhappiness by being totally non-cooperative with his father’s plans. The new step-mother is welcoming to Jonah and her son, Tony, is eager to have a big brother. The only one out of sync is Jonah, who refuses to go along with any of the plans and intends to stay home, and incidentally plans on examining his deceased grandfather’s unusual antique pocket watch. Trying to convince his half-brother to join them, Tony returns to find Jonah with the watch and, wanting to see it closer, snatches it from Tony’s hand, touching the mechanism that causes the boys to be spirited away through “Time” — making stops in Egypt, China, France, and other places, each one closer and closer to modern time and local geography. The story proceeds chronologically, tracing the development of how to measure time. The author includes the historical and sociological forces at play at each stop. Within this convoluted plot, Dublin manages to write a spunky tale, exciting as well as informative, that ends with Jonah having becoming fond of his talented little stepbrother. Recommended for ages 10 – 14.
Stealing Time: A Jonah Wiley Adventure
Marcia W. Posner, Ph.D., of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, is the library and program director. An author and playwright herself, she loves reviewing for JBW and reading all the other reviews and articles in this marvelous periodical.
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