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The Last Musketeer by Stuart Gibbs
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Jan 17, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: childrens, clcsc-pasadena-book-group, elementary-upper, fantasy, middle-school
Read in January, 2012

Grandpa Gus always told Greg that his family should never sell any of the old things in their home. “These heirlooms must always stay in our family, no matter what” “…These things are more important that you can possibly understand. …Do whatever it takes to protect them. And most important of all …never take them to France.”
But now, 14 year old Greg’s family is no longer rich. And his parents have decided that the best way to get money is to sell the family’s heirlooms. To the Louvre. In France. Greg knows this isn’t right, but even he can’t imagine what ends up happening next – through the power of a magic crystal he and his parents, along with the shifty museum director Michel Dinicoeur, get sucked through a painting and end up in the Louvre in 1615. His family is immediately arrest for trying to assassination the king, and is going to be tossed into prison, the Trieste Mort. Greg manages to escape, and now is intent on getting his wrongfully accused parents out of the worst prison in France. But he can’t do it alone. And the help he finds is going to be even more famous than he expected – the Three Musketeers.
Full of time travel, swashbuckling, mixed identities and magic, The Last Musketeer is a fast paced read that you won’t want to put down.

I thought this was a fun romp, a not-so-serious, escapist read. The magic of the crystal was a little hard to believe and follow, as was the changing identities of Dinicoeur/Richelieu. But I enjoyed seeing the world of 1615 through modern eyes, and I think this would entice kids into finding out more about that time period and the original Three Musketeers.

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