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Ancient Fire (Danger Boy #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A twelve-year-old boy from the twenty-first century, a girl from medieval Alexandria, Egypt, and a super-intelligent young saurian from an alternative Earth--each for different reasons--join together in travels through time and space.
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by T R I C Y C L E
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Amelia Defield
The first Danger Boy book in the series got me hooked right away. I found them (or my mom found them) at the Mount Vernon library when I was about 14 years old. The foil hardback covers instantly intrigued me so I made sure to check out the second book just in case I wanted it that week.

Ancient Fire brings our time traveling heroes Eli, Thea and Thea and Clyne together for the first time. The historical set is the burning of the library of Alexandria, a moment in history abhorred by book lovers
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Jen
This is the story of Eli Sands who has a physicist father in the reader's future. While it is part of current physics - thanks Einstein - that space and time are connected to one another, future physics is messing around with altering both under the auspices of DARPA.

Long story short, Eli interrupts his father's experiment and is sent back in time to Alexandria during the time of the burning of the great library thereof. Along the way he meets an Egyptian girl and a member from an alternate Eart
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Claudia
This book was illustrate by Mark London Williams. The tittle of this book is Danger Boy Ancient Fire Episode 1.This book is mainly about a boy who's try to find his mother. He have a weird nickname the name is Danger boy. For some reason all the people call him the bizarre name.And this book the narrator tell us the in the year 2019 was a secret government and Eli that's the name of Danger Boy his father experiment the past and the time. At this time Eli Mother disappeared. Eli was felt bad and ...more
Gerold Whittaker
Mar 24, 2012 Gerold Whittaker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA, Alternate Reality, Time travel.
Recommended to Gerold by: Kindle free eBook
Eli's dad is a scientist and he is experimenting with time travel for a government agency. In an accident at the lab, Eli's mother disappears without a trace. Eli's dad tries to get away from the agency but they track him down forcing him to continue the experiments. Eli accidently gets involved with one of the experiments and finds himself travelling through time to Alexandria, Egypt.

After travelling back & forth several times - the only person to do so successfully - Eli has the distinct i
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Matt Mazenauer
Taking a look at the synopsis, you might expect this book to make less sense than it does. Yes, there is a time travelling dinosaur involved, so it is a weird story, but it's very well put together. There's a lot more focus on the inventive ways the near future world of Elias works and the drama involving Elias's family takes the forefront. Though a lot of the story takes place in Alexandria, this thread is pretty underdeveloped and seems almost thrown in to introduce Thea. Clyne's story (he's t ...more
Chak
Danger Boy #1 is a fast-paced time travel adventure for age 8-11 or so . The book is written in the present tense first person, which is an awkward read (IMHO), makes everything immediate and urgent (with no subtext to speak of and no benefit of analysis, omniscient or otherwise) but the narrator is young, so you're getting the story as he presumably sees it. There are attempts to educate the reader with some history about the great library of Alexandria, but I doubt most children would notice i ...more
Rachel
Eli is a time traveler...kind of. He wants to be a normal kid again, but a secret government agancy is forcing him to go back in time to Alexandria, Egypt, when it is burning. The nest thing he knows, he's in a spaceship with an intelligent dinosaur from an alternate reality and a girl scientist from Alexandria itself.
Pierce Minor
The author was able to transport me to these various places, so that was great! And his ability to keep the narrator's voice young and fresh was perfect. I will say, I didn't always like the subject matter, but the ride was fun enough to keep me engaged. I'm interested to see where the next book goes.
Jailynn
I almost did not read these because of the corny name but my 14 year old son and I really liked them, very fun. I liked the episode 2 one the best since we go to S.F. often. We are ready for number 5 to come out.
Aaron
It was amazing. I wonder what it`s like to travel through time. It is a story about Eli Sands who has to travel through time to save his mom. He makes 2 new friends Clyne and Thea.
Michael
There is little enough sci-fi/adventure for teens; this one is a fun, light read. H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villanous Education) is similar and a bit better.
Ubalstecha
A little clumsy at first, this book got better as it went along. I will check out the second one to see if this new author's work improves.
Indigo Summer
On the whole, I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I did mark it down one star, as the ending was incredibly abrupt. Too abrupt, IMO.
Ryan Burt
The story line was a little choppy. I kind of liked the whole idea of it all but it struggled bringing it all together.
Maegan
It was boring and dragged on, not to mention the cover lame.... but that's for another day...
Kaden
A little confusing, have to get far in the book to tell what is going on.
Jessie
I liked it in the beginning but after a while it got boring.
Mr. Pe Mr. Pe
this book is great i recommend this to everyone
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"The Danger Boy books aren't just about history," says Mark London Williams about his middle-grade time-travel novels, an action-filled series dubbed "pulse quickening" by FAMILYFUN magazine. "Hopefully, the way the books are told speaks to a history of storytelling, too. With the reader's blessing, the stories also get unstuck from those histories, roam back and forth in time, make a little troub ...more
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