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The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis

(The Last Timekeepers #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  44 reviews
When Amanda Sault and her four classmates are caught in a major food fight at school, they are given the choice of suspension or yard duty. It was a no-brainer. A two-week crash course in landscaping leads the kids to discover a weathered stone arch buried in an overgrown backyard. Instead of a forgotten lawn ornament, it turns out to be an ancient time portal from the los ...more
Paperback, Limited, 227 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Musa Publishing (first published May 18th 2012)
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This is a cool book that leads readers through a medieval adventure with an unlikely group of teens.

In a nutshell, The Arch of Atlantis is a story of a group of opposing teens thrown together into a thrilling time-travel adventure. The group are involved in a food fight at school which ends in them all receiving detention together (you could say the situation is reminiscent of The Breakfast Club). Quite simply, this cast of characters don't get on, and I think that is why the author has chos
Dusty Crabtree
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Timekeepers and Arch of Atlantis was very well-written with fun, likeable characters that made me laugh every step of the way. One of my favorite things about the book was the hilarious, middle-school banter between all of the kids, including some of the most creative insults I've ever heard (one of my favorites - "nut bar"). Aside from making me laugh, this book also had an interesting, well-crafted plot that delivered excitement as well as educational history. Since it takes place in ...more
Athena Nagel
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I read this book on the heels of some powerful mysteries and thrillers. I loved this book and the fun break it gave me from the more thought provoking books. This is exactly why I read YA books in the midst of all the other books I read. This book is exciting and fun. It also involves the feature of time travel. It felt like a journey to the center of the earth book but with the twist of time travel. And this book had just enough history and factual events to keep me interested and entertained. ...more
Christine Hayton
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers
Shelves: rated-reviewed
Disclosure: I purchased a signed copy of the book “The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis” by Sharon Ledwith at a book signing hosted by its publisher. I have met the author and have had encounters with her on various occasions. We reside in the same area, and are both active in many book related events and activities. I had no communication with Ms. Ledwith at any time about providing a review. The comments that follow are my own personal opinion. I received NO compensation of any kind, ...more
Amaleen Ison
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t often read middle-grade books, but The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis appealed for two reasons. First, the sumptuous teal cover with an ancient arch and hieroglyphics drew me in—piqued my interest. Secondly, I’ve always adored stories about Robin Hood, and I simply loved the idea of meeting him and his merry men in their younger years via a time travel device (The Arch of Atlantis)—a new spin on an age old story.

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis didn’t disappoint.
Margaret Lesh
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this book whilst home recuperating, and it's been just the perfect thing -- entertaining and fun. In The Last Timekeepers and The Arch of Atlantis, an unlikely group of kids is thrown together by choosing a working punishment rather than school suspension after an epic food fight. The kids get to know one another while cleaning up an overgrown garden as their punishment, in the process uncovering an ancient arch which sets the wheels in motion for their adventurous quest.

June Kramin
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I love stories re-told & was excited to see how the author would get this group of spirited kids back to Robin Hood & help keep history on the right track. I find myself dipping into more young adult reads these days. It's books like this that make it enjoyable. There are things in there for adults as well. You'll be happy you read it. I look forward to future releases. ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young adult urban fantasy (or in this case time travel) is one of my favorite genres to read and I wasn’t disappointed with the first book in Sharon’s (supposedly) super long series. The Last Timekeepers was published by the YA imprint of my publisher so we’ve chatted a bit and she has a rather ambitious plan for the series (5 books for each of the 5 main characters). Twenty books is a lot of work but I’d stick around for it. She’s made history accessible and I would definitely recommend this fo ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful, fun read! Who could imagine that a punishment could turn into high adventure for five adolescents and two adults - one an unemployed professor and the other said to be a witch - or in the words of the locals: "a bona fide, true-blue hex-machine from England"? From a garden in America they are drawn through the Arch of Atlantis, into an Atlantean temple to be told what they are and what their purpose is. Then they are propelled into medieval England on the eve of the May Day ce ...more
Heather Boustead
The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis
By Sharon Ledwith

When five eighth grade students get into a food fight at school none of them thought it would lead on an adventure through time, the five students are sentenced to yard duty as punishment for their crimes shortly after they arrive at Melody’s home the stumble upon an arch that was buried in her back yard. Once they excavate the mysterious arch they are whisked away to Atlantis where they meet up Lilith who is in charge of keeping watc
Christian Laforet
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Last Timekeepers is a fun romp through time!

13 year old Amanda Sault and a handful of her classmates find themselves doing yard work as punishment for a food fight at their school. Weeding and pruning soon reveals a buried arch way that leads them to Atlantis. There, they meet a woman named Lilith who tasks them with the job of being TimeKeepers.

And so the Last TimeKeepers begins.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that author Sharon Ledwith has a great knack for giving her characte
Greta Burroughs
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Everyone is fascinated with the mystery of Atlantis and the people who lived there. The Last Timekeepers is an interesting take on what happened to the Atlantians.
I enjoy reading YA books. They are not so complicated plotwise, and the stories are very entertaining. The author of this book writes in a style where the reader can visualize the action. The characters who are transported to the past are ordinary kids who wind up doing the job assigned to them even though they had no idea what to do a
Deb Kuhns
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written book...loved it! Took me back to the days when I couldn't get enough of the Half Magic books by Edward Eager! Loved the kids and the grownups in the story! Nice to see a good, strong heroine, who also learned several lessons along the way. I cannot wait for next adventure...just wish I had some grandkids to share this book with...hmmm, let's see whose kids I could borrow!! PS...I think this would also be a great read-aloud book!! ...more
Shyam Mohan
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Awesome imagination skills with good research on history. I really liked the book. But what i did not like in the book is the use of the language of medieval times of England even if they had the babel with them by which they can understand every languages.
I really liked the way Sharon Ledwith narrates the story and the effort she took in making the book true has really paid off. Very nice book. I recommend the book to all my friends.
Beth Bowland
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read. The names were a little confusing at first but it didn't take long before they felt like 'my kids' :) I could see each of them clearly in my mind and their antics. Clever history tidbits in the story and the author stayed true to teen talk and the language used during that time frame. Enjoyable read! ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the history twist on this book. The overall story line sets up fast and the plot does not drag. I am looking forward to future Timekeepers adventures!
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This one didn't really reach beyond the YA age group, but was still fun to read.

See my full review here.

Mark Buxton
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Amanda, and a few "friends" and I have discovered an arch allowing us to travel through time. We've been told that we're the new Timekeepers for this arch, but the fifth arch is being controlled by a corrupt man. Robin Hood's legend is in jeopardy, so our quest is to return to his time and set things right. The big problem is that we have no idea what we're supposed to do, and the cryptic riddle I've uncovered isn't much help. Robyn isn't entirely what I expected, and his weapon is a ...more
Lauren Sapala
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was more than pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up loving this book. I don’t often read Middle Grade fantasy (or much Middle Grade at all, to be honest) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But I can confidently say that The Last Timekeepers is a series that will probably appeal to you no matter how old you are. It’s that perfect mix of real world humor and pure escapism into an alternate reality, plus there’s a good bit of historical fiction thrown in (which I always love).

The Last T
V.K. Finnish
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I give three stars to books I enjoyed while reading but think I got everything from them in the first read. A 3-1/2 star rating would be more accurate for me on this book.

The Arch of Atlantis is targeted at 12–14 year old readers and follows eighth-grader Amanda Sault and her schoolmates from a disastrous school food fight (and fighting with each other) to an abrupt time-travel mission where they have to learn to work together and stop an evil being from changing history.

On the warning side, I w
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My daughter (11) and I (the Mom) read and reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here are excerpts from our reviews. For the full reviews please visit Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

Daughter Says:

This book is about kids who go back in time to make sure that Robin Hood becomes a famous archer because somebody is trying to change that. For the cover, I think that the arch is cool but the author should have put some of the characters on the cover so I can see what they look like. I real
Tim Verhoeven
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of young adult novels
Today I finished The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis.
This book has a good story build up. It starts with the introduction of all the major characters in their normal routine. Although this is not really a large book, the events are adequately described and the length is just right.
If I compare the plot with the second book in the series: Legend of the Timekeepers (the prequel to this book) it tends to be more straightforward and does not incorporate any unsuspected plot twists. This do
Cordelia Dinsmore
I read this book because it sounded quite interesting, and the author had agreed to an interview for my blog. She is extremely supportive of her fellow authors, and I like her attitude about paying it forward.

I was intrigued with the premise for the book. Combining the story of Robin Hood with the mysterious Atlantis was an idea I just couldn't clear out of my mind. The author has done a magnificent job of combining the two, and preparing a path for future adventures along the way.

I liked the cl
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantastic
It started like The Breakfast Club and went to a fantastic fantasy novel.I never got bored of reading it and loved each character in the book which is usually rare.Its a novel which consists of an entertaining language and less long descriptive passages.I think it would be a perfect Disney movie! I've had a blast with the past!



Rhonda Paglia
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the concept very much. I had a little trouble with the language used by the kids during their time with Robin Hood, but it could be just a generational thing. I am enjoying reading "The Legend of the Timekeepers" by Sharon Ledwith much more. ...more
Eleni Konstantine
4.5 stars!

Great MG book!
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was one of those reads that you pick up and can't stop reading til you it the last page! Ledwiths characters are a group of teens on detention who have to clean up someones yard as punishment. While on duty, they make a startling discovery and are swept into the adventure of their young lives. This book brought history to life as they travel back to the time of Robin Hood to preserve his place in history. Well written and the dialogue is snappy. The last time keepers and the Arch of At ...more
An Odd1
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Robin Hood is real boy. Rah. Looong setup. Gal teacher says "call me Melody", but guy "Professor Lucas"? Pfft. Squabbling students' two names double confusion.

Keep unique necklace translators on skin. Thou thee whew. Bad Belial far, Crowley, Max near. Blah rainbows.
Typo: 12.23 craved IS carved
N.N. Light
I really enjoyed this adventure! I'm attracted to anything dealing with Atlantis and this book didn't disappoint. A cool spin on a fairy tale and I found myself wanting more when it ended. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5 stars
This was a short, cute read. Good for younger readers but I did feel there was a bit too much of an info dump in certain places. That and the fact that our main characters seem to have plenty of time to change costumes and discuss strategies in front of the villains were my only problems.
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Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel adventure series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and the teen psychic mystery series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, wi ...more

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