This book is about a boy named Simon who is able to travel through time thanks to his association with a professor at a museum. At the start of the story, he is unexpectedly thrown back in time to medieval England, where he meets a girl named Bryn and agrees to help her solve a murder mystery.
Based on the synopsis and some of the reviews, I was expecting the story to start out with Simon meeting Professor Ananke and discovering her secret. That wasn't the case at all--he had been working with her for a while and had time traveled a few times before the story began. It almost felt like I was stepping into the second book of a series because of that, but I was able to get through it and keep reading.
The book was set during one of my favorite time periods, which is always a plus. I thought the plot itself was interesting. The story is definitely more historical fiction than science fiction (time travel doesn't happen often and isn't really explained), but I was...
I read this book before sending it to my grandson and was happy to do so. Not only would it give him a fun book to read, it also would be educational at the same time. I was so happy to learn that he was thoroughly enjoying it--and this from a boy who did not care to read all that much. I would look forward to the author's second book--and, of course, I would read it before sending it on.
The Time Traveler’s Apprentice is a young adult novel about a Simon Grant, a boy who becomes the helper and apprentice of Professor Moira Ananke, who is a museum curator, historic researcher and expert time traveler.
For reasons he can’t explain, Simon is thrown back through time to 12th century England during the reign of King Henry II and his Queen Eleanor. He meets up with a number of characters and quickly gets embroiled in the local politics and the mystery of the death of a famous cleric, Bishop Thomas Becket.
The novel is based on many historical facts and brings alive the daily workings of life in the 12th century. We learn how people lived, what they ate, how the traveled, how they thought, and most of all, how their politics worked. It reminded me a little of the famous Pillars of the Earth books by Ken Follett.
However, this book is written for young adults, so it just skims the surface compared with Pillars...
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