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The Golden Hour

by Maiya Williams

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RGG: Wanted to like this first book in a new series about four time traveling young teenagers--two are african american and one is nerdy, awkward and having romantic feelings--but the character development and plot is thin and full of holes. The characters' traveling to the time of the French Revolution, a very complex period involving many different personnages with strange names, may be confusing. Reading Level: 10-12: F-P U-W.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 12, 2013 |
I liked the fantasy elements brought out in the first chapters: a hotel that slides through time, and a "golden hour" when time stands still. Once we got to 18th century France, I lost interest. But I guess I'm not much of a time travel book buff. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Oct 29, 2012 |
After their mother is killed in a car crash, Rowan and his little sister, Nina, are sent to their strange aunt’s home in Maine. There they discover a run-down hotel with a time travel portal.

Nicely done, with a tip of the hat to time-traveling books before. Williams gives it a fresh taste and in an interesting time: revolutionary France. I’ll read others by her. ( )
  heidialice | Aug 15, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0810992167, Paperback)

What's the best way to cope with profound grief and loss? Time travel, of course, as practiced by two grieving kids in first-time children's book author Maiya Williams' exceptionally engaging and remarkable debut.

While struggling to process their mother's unexpected death, 13-year-old Rowan and his 11-year-old sister Nina spend the summer with their two eccentric aunts in rural Owatannauk, Maine. But as the kids soon discover, Aunt Agatha and Aunt Gertrude are much more than eccentric. Enlisting the aid of Xavier and Xanthe (two smart, sass-mouth twins also stuck in Owatannauk), Rowan and Nina seek to solve the mystery of their aunts' seemingly psychic powers and collection of preternaturally well-preserved "curios." In their investigations, the crew stumbles upon an even bigger mystery involving an apparently haunted hotel equipped with time-traveling elevators, called "alleviators." "What do they alleviate?...Curiosity." Every question answered generates more questions, and before they know it, all four find themselves in another time altogether.

Williams (a TV writer and producer for Rugrats and Mad TV) may be new to children's books, but she's no stranger to story-telling. The Golden Hour cleverly combines a hunt across time with Rowan's personal hunt for a stronger sense of self--throughout the book, we follow a journal entry he titles, "Top Ten Reasons My Life Stinks". With an uncanny sense of pace, a fitting balance between humor and drama, and a contagious affection for detail, Williams ends up with a story filled with twists and secrets too good to give away. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.… (more)

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