Source: Author’s family
Rating: 5 Stars
Archaeology, time travel, and a moose hunt combine to force 12-year-old Greg to face his fears and find his strengths. Greg explores a world that existed more than 3,000 years ago with his new Native American friend Hopelf. While Greg learns about Native American ways of life, how to hunt and fish, and just to survive, he is always searching for a way back home.
This book is a departure from my normal reading fare, but fits squarely within time travel. It is juvenile fiction, with some educational value in terms of archaeology and history.
The concept is simple. A boy, Greg, is helping his archaeologist mother on a dig when a trowel and a quartz spearhead connect and he travels back in time. What follows is the tale of his experiences as he spends two weeks with native Americans in the past, particularly with a young man Hopelf, who is due to be married in the winter (it is late summer to early autumn during the story).
The writing is clear and vivid, which I really appreciated. The story is a masterclass in archaeology and native American history, but concepts are kept simple and accessible, good for children to read. Moreover, the story doesn’t get bogged down in terminology, but keeps moving at a good pace, good for holding interest.
I really enjoyed the story, and hope to keep it around long enough for my daughter to read when she is old enough.