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Today, we're celebrating the latest addition to author Liesl Shurtliff's body of work and book two of THE CASTAWAYS series, in stores now via Katherine Tegan/HarperCollins. It's filed to the brim wild curious adventures and flights of fancy, though the question is more WHEN they happen versus WHAT occurred. So make room on your shelves because your next MUST READ is quite possibly making its presence known right about....
THE OBSIDIAN COMPASS
THE TIME CASTAWAYS, BOOK 2
About the book...
Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, continues the action-packed Time Castaways trilogy with book two, in which the Hudsons sail across time and history as they embark on a daring rescue mission.
With magic, mystery, and adventure, this is perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Percy Jackson.
Mateo, Ruby, and Corey Hudson have lost their friend Jia to the villainous Captain Vincent’s clutches, and now they’re determined to bring her back to safety. But the Hudson kids don’t have a way to time-travel without the Obsidian Compass, until Mateo figures out the secret component to get his own homemade compass working.
Soon the whole family—plus their wacky neighbor, Chuck, and his rusty orange bus, Blossom—are swept up in another epic journey.
With their own time-traveling vehicle and some help from history’s most famous young markswoman, Annie Oakley, the Hudsons think they’re prepared to sneak onto the Vermillion. Unbeknownst to them, Captain Vincent already knows they’re coming. In fact, he’s counting on it…
Sounds exciting, right?
I know! That's just what I thought...but I took things a step further when I heard about this celebration. I wanted to share all about this installment, but I simply couldn't resist diving into the first one for a quick read! So, it's BONUS TIME as you get not just an uber cool spotlight, but a review of book one...
THE MONA LISA KEY
THE TIME CASTAWAYS, BOOK 1
About the book...
Mateo, Ruby, and Corey Hudson’s parents don’t have too many rules. It’s the usual stuff: Be good. Do your homework. And never ride the subway without an adult, EVER. But when the siblings wake up late for school, they have no choice but to break a rule. The Hudson siblings board the subway in Manhattan and end up on a frigate ship in Paris…in the year 1911.
As time does tell, the Hudson family has a lot of secrets. The past, present, and future are intertwined—and a time-traveling ship called the Vermillion is at the center. Racing to untangle the truth, the kids find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest art heists of all time.
And the adventure is just getting started.
Mateo, Ruby, and Corey are quite the trio. They're not all blood relation, but they're there for each other through thick and thin. When strange happenings leave them unsupervised, and events occur that direct them to do things against the norm, though they proceed with some caution, their follow through may have landed them in more trouble than they know. I mean, what else would YOU call it when a forbidden ride on a subway, lands you in a boat turned subway car turned flying machine, with mysterious signs seemingly pointing one way, only to discover that the opposite direction, the road led traveled, may indeed have saved you from an unknown fate. Like I said, exciting times lay ahead and it's only a pager turn away!
I enjoyed the relationships between the characters as well as the mysteries behind the Vermilion and its unusual crew. I was on the edge of my seat as we out thiefed a thief while trying to decide whom we could really trust, only to discover not everything may have been as it seemed. I found it heart warming to see the siblings pull together to conquer a common unknown, while still feeling realistic in its portrayal of family dynamics. The adventures were a rush, the meandering plot exhilarating, and the calmish time in-between well worth the wait.
About the author...
is the New York Times bestselling author of Rump: The True Tale of Rumpelstiltskin, other books in the (Fairly) True Tales series, and the Time Castaways series, She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the fifth of eight kids. She now lives in Chicago with her husband and four kids, where she writes full-time. Find her online at www.lieslshurtliff.com
Special thanks to SaraJane, Social Media Manager extraordinaire, for the copy of book one for review as well as the chance to bring this celebration to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is IN STORES NOW, so be on the lookout when out and about, or snag a copy at your favorite online retailer.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!