Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Genre: YA Fantasy
Approximate word count: 55-60,000 words
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In her previous life, Sharon Ledwith was a graphic artist. Residing in Central Ontario, Canada with her husband, yellow Labrador, and Calico cat, Ledwith has reinvented herself into a YA novelist.
Learn more about her on her website.
Amanda Sault, middle school student, is a poet at heart. Caught in the middle of a food fight, she and four annoying classmates are assigned after school detention for a month by Principal Greer. Their overseer will be lunchtime aide, “the Witch of White Pine,” and they must serve their sentence at her creepy mansion on Center Street.
So begins The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis. The five White Pines Elementary School students actually enjoy their stay with the witch, who turned out to be the charming and intelligent Melody Spencer. Their stay was highlighted by the discovery of the Arch of Atlantis in Ms. Spencer’s flowerbed. The children excavated the 12,000 year-old relic and when Professor John Lucas sees his nephew’s picture of the archeological find, tension builds exponentially.
Ledwith develops an exciting tale of time travel where five children and two adults are destined to become Timekeepers ensuring that history goes unchanged, for evil forces are bent on its alteration for their own personal gain.
The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis is a fun read. Middle school youngsters will appreciate its slapstick humor and an encounter with a teenaged Robin Hood just learning about his destiny.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars