|Book||JR HAMILTON, RICHARD||Children's JR Fiction|
When a gang of 18th century highwaymen break into Jack Bolt's bedroom, they are in for quite a surprise--they've landed in the 21st century! Luckily for them, Jack agrees to keep their time-traveling secret to himself, if they agree to show him what it's like in the 18th Century. Jack soon realizes that the past is far from safe, and he finds himself caught up in a breathtaking and dangerous adventure. This galloping and swashbuckling tale will delight all would-be time travelers from beginning to end.
Time travel, both ways, provides the action in this light adventure story. Jack, age 10, wakes up to find eighteenth-century highwaymen in his bedroom in his grandmother's attic. It is the perfect hideout for the crooks, a secret room in another time, a place to store their booty. When they go home, Jack travels with them, thrilled to be part of the gang. There is no violence. In fact, the gang leader, famous gentleman-robber Henry Vane, prides himself on his charm, and there's a bit of mystery and romance surrounding his identity. The stand-and-deliver scenarios are close to kids' games, and readers will enjoy the contrasts between today's electronics and a time when trees, not pylons, were everywhere. Hearn's occasional, small black-and-white illustrations show the sleepover fun and the wry action, which continues to the end as Jack and Henry get together to take advantage of the slipp in time.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2007 Booklist