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The Time Fetch

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kids must repair rip in the fabric of time in mild fantasy.

Book Amy Herrick Fantasy 2013
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Clever touches in THE TIME FETCH make this light fantasy worth a read. The mythology of the Time Fetch itself is very intriguing. Aunt Kit and Mr. Ross are great adult characters, both lending real wisdom to the four main characters. Mr. Ross' tangent-prone lectures will make readers wish they could pull up a lab stool and hang out for a while. And it's fun to be kept guessing about how much Aunt Kit knows about what's to come -- the shopping list she gives Brigit is an ingenious little way to tie the last act of the story together.

But just as time starts to unravel all around the young characters, some elements feel frayed as well. Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit need a little more depth as characters; we don't even learn their age or what grade they're in. for starters. And it's hard to tell the story is about all four of them until too far into the book. Then there's the mythology of the Time Fetch that, after a great opener, gets left on the back burner. If you're already talking about the nature of time, readers can handle more complexity than the visual on the cover of flies gobbling it up. Where did they come from? Why? It keeps the story light and actiony, but a little more explanation would definitely be worth readers', ahem, time.

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