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The Time Cavern by Todd A. Fonseca
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Jun 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in June, 2009

While camping in the backyard of his new home, ten-year-old Aaron Logan thinks he hears someone call his name. As he tries to find the source, he comes across an old barn at the back of the property. In the barn is a trunk containing curious objects. Aaron’s new friend Jake informs him that the farm the Logans now own is haunted by an Amish boy, also named Aaron, who disappeared from this same farm a hundred years ago. Discovery of a map and a page from the missing boy’s diary, launch Aaron and Jake on a quest to figure out what happened to the boy.

The Time Cavern is a well-written story blending mystery and fantasy in an Amish setting. Author, Todd Fonseca, provides a welcome balance of narrative description and dialogue which provides readers with a strong sense of place and great character development. Both Jake and Aaron are quite articulate for their age, but it’s necessary in this story because the mystery solving requires intelligence and resourcefulness, not to mention bravery.

Time travel is commonplace in children’s books and given this book’s title I thought this would be a time travel story. In a way it is, but with a really interesting twist. One of the most compelling things about The Time Cavern is the suspense created by the possibility of time travel for our heroes. Kudos to Fonseca for creating a satisfying ending, yet opening the door for new adventures.

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