Title: Time Square: The Shift
Author: S.W. Lothian
Genre: Children’s/YA Historical
Opening lines: ‘…Imagine that you’re a bird, flying high above the mountains below…’
Blurb: How would you feel if your dad is a part-time archaeologist who has a tendency to discover things. One day, he comes home from an expedition with a crusty old relic, and dumps it in the basement. You’d probably think everything would be fine and dandy, but that’s where you’re wrong. Because that’s precisely when all the trouble started. It’s 1930, and Lewis and Eva Hudson are a couple of twin teens with just such a dad. Then, on a chilly wintry day in Washington D.C., the three of them mysteriously disappear into thin air, without a trace.
My thoughts: TIME SQUARE opens in 1930 with Dr Rex Hudson battling his way through the jungles in Peru to get to an ancient ruin!! In the ruins he finds a small obelisk that many other archaeologists have searched for but never found. He takes it home and puts it in the basement which is where it is sitting when Eva and Lewis along with their younger brother Thomas race home after school. They can’t see why their dad is all excited by what looks like a dirty old rock and Thomas soon wanders off upstairs. But Eva, Lewis and their father start cleaning the rock and vanish. Thomas hears them call for help and thinks at first they are playing a game of hide and seek, but when he can’t find them he raises an alarm and the police arrive – but there is no sign of the missing family members and no clues. The house gets locked up and Thomas goes to stay with his Aunty Grace.
The missing Hudson’s haven’t actually gone too far, they are in a place called Time Square which is the centre of all time, past, present and future. Time square is a portal to any period of history and it is located right inside the obelisk, in fact a whole society lives in there along with the time travellers who pop in and out. By moving the obelisk from its South American resting place untold damage has been done, a shift has occurred (similar to an earthquake in our world) and serious damage in Time Square will impact on our time, in fact it could result in time as we know it ending. Solutions have to found, and quickly, but before they can be enacted another huge shift occurs, Time Square is shaken, Time Square has been stolen. Who has taken it? How can they fix the problem? And how can they get back to young Thomas?
TIME SQUARE is the first in a trilogy and is very much aimed at younger teens and older children. There are lots of funny lines and a wide range of really quirky characters introduced to the reader. Dr Hudson is a well-meaning but clumsy but fortunately Eva and Lewis are very brave, and ready for adventure. Bring it on!
Despite the fact that I wasn’t in the age group that the book was aimed at, I really enjoyed the story and can see how kids would love it. Poo being flung, people being flung, walking talking statues being flung – such a lot of flinging – it is so much fun. And I can recommend it for kids from age 8 up.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
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With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.