Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Armand Baltazar
Illustrator: Armand Baltazar
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
In this world, people from the past, present, and future all live together. Diego is the child of parents from two different time periods. He is a gifted engineer with the ability to “see” how machines should be put together. One day his father is kidnapped by evil men bent on returning to the old world, even at the cost of the lives of every child born in the new world. Diego and his friends set sail on a pirate ship to rescue Diego’s dad. They find and almost save him, but then Diego’s father sacrifices himself to stop an explosion that would kill all the kids in the area. Diego returns home, but his dad is once again lost, this time far, far away.
The format of this book is unique. It is a middle grade book that is 600 pages long. This means only the most gifted of children readers will be able to pick it up without being intimidated by the length of the book. The book also has an entertaining setting and storyline which will appeal to experienced readers. These readers will encounter many topic-specific vocabulary words within this book, including dinosaur names. This book also has many pictures that are a lot of fun with monstrous sea animals and robots. The pictures are used at many important moments to tell the story without the help of any words. This is a common use for pictures in books for children transitioning to novels, but is unique for a long novel.
*Contains mild violence.