Time Shifters by Chris Grine, Scholastic, 2017. 9780545926577
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
Genre: Science fiction
What did you like about the book? After stumbling upon a strange device in the forest, Luke finds himself catapulted into another dimension. He meets a group of fugitives who take him under their wing, and he joins their flight across dimensions and time to escape from the evil henchman who are in hot pursuit of them and the device, which is locked onto Luke’s arm. Luke’s compatriots are a be-whiskered scientist, a robot Abraham Lincoln, a shape-shifting dinosaur, and a sassy ghost named Artemis. They are on the run from an equally quirky group of henchmen: an undead guy in a spacesuit, a mummy, and a vampire pirate. Really eccentric characters, non-stop action, clever and funny dialogue, and the juxtaposition of humor and danger make the book hard to put down. Spare color cartoons allow the characters to shine. Although it starts with a tragedy, the book immediately grabs you and doesn’t put you down until the end. I wouldn’t be surprised if a sequel is to follow.
Anything you didn’t like about it? The beginning tragedy might put some readers off, although it offers an existential twist at the end.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 3-7 who like graphic novel sci-fi, such as Winnick’s Hilo series, would like this.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 14, 2017