|The Telling Stone. Available for pre-order on Amazon.com|
Timothy’s father is given a job opportunity in Scotland during Christmas break, so the family, including Jessica, travels to the land filled with history and tradition. While in Scotland, the children encounter allies, including Julian the fantastical reference librarian. With the good, though, also comes the Dark. During their trip Timothy, Jessica, and Sarah learn more about the Four Treasures. They also fight for their lives and for the future of humanity.
The transition between the first (Time Out of Time [Abrams, 2015/VOYA August 2015]) and second book in the series is seamless. Action-filled sequences abound. The protagonists (and readers) are hardly given the opportunity to take a breath. Again British, Welsh, and Celtic mythologies are expertly woven together, with an introduction to Scottish history and tradition. Readers will appreciate Timothy, Jessica, and Sarah’s inquisitiveness and strong problem-solving skills. Character development is strong throughout; the tween characters behave realistically and it will be a treat to stick with them as they grow up. This intelligent, engaging series is highly recommended for middle-grade and teen readers, who will eagerly look forward to the next installment.— VOYA