I guess the highest praise I can give a book is when I finish it and think, "Darn! I wish I would have written that." Well, that's how I felt when I finished Time Gangsters by Berin Stephens. Berin has written an original, exciting adventure for middle grade readers.
The story is about two contemporary teens who stumble across some ancient Egyptian coins with amazing powers--including the power to travel back in time. Their travels, however, put them in conflict with a 1920s gangster boss who wants the coins, and their power, for himself.
The time travel element allows Stephens to bring in some great atmosphere, and the book is a lot of fun. As with the best books in this genre, the kids may draw on some unusual powers, but ultimately, they beat the bad guys with a combination of their own intelligence, bravery, loyalty and teamwork.
I read a fair amount of this genre and I felt that Time Gangsters has the themes we like and expect, but it felt unique to me--it was not just another version of Harry Potter or something like that.
I think the action and mystery will appeal to young readers--it is definitely boy-friendly, although I think girls will like it also--as well as older readers who enjoy middle grade literature. You can purchase the book on Amazon here and you can visit Berin's website here.
Buy this book! I think you'll really enjoy it.
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