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The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis (The Last Timekeepers, #1)

by Sharon Ledwith

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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.

Without giving away too much of the plot, the children and two adults are chosen to become the Last Timekeepers tasked with saving history and the world from the dark forces of evil. Their journey through time lands them in 13th century England where they meet young Robin Hood and his band of characters. The author did a wonderful job of filling out this world and balancing the modern characters with the 13th century ones. The dialogue was very well done using older English but always accessible. I enjoyed the kids and thought their interactions seemed realistic. At first, this thrown-together group quarreled, and by the end they were working together as a team. This book stands alone but also acts as a great introduction to this series which, because of its premise, could go on for many books to come.

This was a fun read, and I would recommend it for readers of all ages. ( )
  mclesh | Sep 2, 2014 |
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. ( )
  JuneKramin | May 10, 2013 |
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 watch over the gate, she informs them they are the last timekeepers and must travel through time to stop an evil magus from changing time.

Not only is this an original novel in itself but also a retelling of a classic story, Robin Hood, as the teens travel back to Nottingham on their search to stop Belial. The author does a wonderful job in crafting this novel, blending the two stories seamlessly such as when you think the timekeepers are going to inadvertently change history themselves the author weaves the story back to the original. The only problem I had with this novel is in the beginning when we are getting to know the characters. The author would call them by their first name and a paragraph or so later start using their last names to refer to the characters, as she is building the foundation of the story I would get lost thinking, “Okay, who is Treena and Mui?” when they are actually the same person. So be sure to pay attention to the characters last names as you go along, other than that this was a great young adult novel, it was highly unique and entertaining to read.

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