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Black Powder

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
South Central
Los Angeles, 2010

Fourteen-year-old Langston Davis's best friend, Neely, has been shot and killed in a gang fight. Langston wishes that he could turn back the clock. But he knows you can't change history. Or can you?
When his science teacher invents a century-hopping time machine, Langston knows exactly what he must do: go back in time to stop the inventio
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published October 25th 2005)
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Dec 06, 2008 Isy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Isy by: my school
Black Powder was a great book. the main character is an A student named Langston that lives in LA with his mother and his father. Langston has a best friend named Neely. Lngston's world is flipped upside down when Neely is shot as a result of gang violents. And then once more it's flipped when Langston's science techer Ms. Centauri envent a machene that can teleport people through time and space. At that point Langston has an idea, he wanted to save his friend. But when he goes backe in time he ...more
this ia a young reader book. good for middle schoolers. educational tho. langstons bff was killed in a gang. he find a machine thru a science teacher that will help him go back in time and save his friend. even tho he learns he cannot change history without serious problems...he learns to deal with the loss of his friend and realizes people make there our decisions. good read for a young boy. teenage.
Ms. Risch
Good concept, mediocre execution. I think the author was going for A Wrinkle in Time meets Walter Dean Meyers. The characters weren't that well developed and the story jumped all over the place. I was never really in a state of worry or suspense and had no trouble putting the book down.
Nakiya Matthews
I liked reading this book because it was modern but still had an old feel to it . i liked reading this book because it was about science and i dont like science but it was fun to read about it .
Back to the Future!!!

This is a book that takes place in 2010, and then it goes back to 1278...the invention of gunpowder.
Jan 30, 2009 Staton added it
"Kliatt" calls this "a laser-fast ride through time and space." You can see a description of it at
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Staton Rabin has a B.F.A. in film from New York University. In addition to writing for children, she is a screenwriter; a popular speaker about the art, craft, and business of writing for film; and a veteran story analyst for Scr(i)pt magazine, screenwriters, and producers. Staton Rabin lives in Irvington, New York.
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