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By Lauri Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Time-travel adventure highlights Puerto Rican culture.

Podcast Adventure N/A 2019
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The show's charming fictional characters and entertaining audio production make remembering lesser-told histories fun and meaningful. Timestorm presents a complex narrative view of Puerto Rico's past and present, touching on hurricanes, war, art, music, slavery, and oppression. It makes good its catchy theme song's promises to both promote belonging and "take back time, find history," beyond simple generalizations. Timestorm may be specifically meaningful to those with Puerto Rican or Latino heritage, but opens an important broader conversation about which histories get told, and what their impact can be. Charming characters Alex and Beni bring history's lessons to the present, and show the personal discovery possible by embracing ancestral and cultural heritage.

Appropriate for a story about preteens, Timestorm focuses as much on navigating relationships and emotions as it does on suspenseful time travel and historical events. As main character twins Alexa and Beni interact with each other, their parents, their friends, and their community in Newark, New Jersey, they reflect on their emotions and talk through managing them in kind and understanding ways. Overall, Timestorm keeps the adventure fun and positive, without watering down the challenges of coming-of-age and finding one's place in history.

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