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Paperback Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9781734155280
  • 262 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9781734155273
  • 262 pages
  • $22.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9781734155266 B09B9FGWSW
  • 262 pages
  • $6.99
Ben Gartner
Author
People of the Sun
Ben Gartner, author

Middle Grade; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

The explosive reveal about who John and Sarah really are and why they’re traveling through time, with their most gut-wrenching challenge yet. In the time of the Aztec, a scoundrel named Cortés arrives and the kids are forced to make an extremely difficult decision: If you could change history, should you? For more twists, more danger, and more fun, read the third book in The Eye of Ra series, People of the Sun!
Reviews
Time-traveling siblings Sarah and John return in the spirited third installment in Gartner’s Eye of Ra series. As their family prepares to move across the country again, Sarah and John are kidnapped by a mysterious older man and woman. The young protagonists discover that their ability to move through time comes from a technology that will be developed in 2049—though things will go awry during a product demonstration, thanks to a solar flare in the atmosphere, severely altering reality by scattering the audience across the past. Now, Sarah and John must again save the day, by returning the audience members to the future—and restoring their “story line” before it ceases to exist.

This adventure takes the young siblings to 1519, when Hernán Cortés arrives on the shores of what is now Mexico, and one castaway from 2049 attempts to prevent the fall of the Aztec Empire. These circumstances allow Gartner to vividly recreate ancient Aztec society while more deeply exploring the protagonists’ growth. Rich historic detail breathes fresh life into this new adventure, As Gartner goes beyond name checking gods and historical figures to highlight resplendent Aztec clothing and a currency system that values items like cacao. Meanwhile, Sarah and John must come to grips with what it means to control only what’s actually within their grasp–with a duty to preserve the past while still trying to prevent their story line from disappearing.

With apparent ease, Gartner weaves the story through time, space, and back again. The exposition on the science of time travel tangled with surprise revelations on occasion feels a bit heavy but manages not to impede the adventure’s fast-paced energy. Although such a burden of responsibility would be unrealistic for actual 10- or 12-year-olds, Gartner balances the difficult decisions the protagonists face with humor—even appealing to video game aficionados by using rogue-like game strategies in battle.

Takeaway: Middle-grade readers with a love of high-stakes fantasy will be pleased with this time-crossed historical adventure.

Great for fans of: P.B. Kerr’s Children of the Lamp series, Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: a
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9781734155280
  • 262 pages
  • $12.99
Hardcover Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9781734155273
  • 262 pages
  • $22.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2022
  • 9781734155266 B09B9FGWSW
  • 262 pages
  • $6.99

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