From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Through intricate plot development and fleshed-out characters, this mixed-genre selection grabs readers' attention from the outset and holds it until the end. Eli, Thea, and Clyne have tumbled through the Fifth Dimension from 2019 to 1804 and 1805 and become entwined in the Lewis and Clark expedition and the struggle to help slaves escape to freedom. Thea is originally from ancient Alexandria and Clyne is a dinosaurlike creature. They mistakenly arrive in this time period as they are on their way back to 2019 from their last adventure with Merlin. The members of the Corps of Discovery come to life and the story is rich with historical details. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings are integral to the tale, and Williams combines fact with fiction to make them well-developed characters. The hardships and problems faced by the members of the Corps and the injustice of slavery are embedded in the story, which is told in alternating chapters by the three main characters. It is not necessary to have read earlier selections in the series. Gradually, readers become familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the tale's underpinnings as they learn the secret powers of a baseball cap and how myriad languages are understood. This cleverly plotted, engrossing read will appeal to maturing fans of Jon Scieszka's "The Time Warp Trio" series (Viking).-Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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About the Author
Mark London Williams lives in Los Angeles, where he writes articles, comics, plays, and Danger Boy books, and continues to draw inspiration from his two young sons and one old dog. In fact, when his oldest son was a toddler — long before he played his first video game — he ran down the hall one afternoon shouting, "I'm a Danger Boy!" and then quickly added something about dinosaurs. Mark London Williams has been thanking him for that inspiration ever since.From the Hardcover edition.