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Reviewers: Nadine Rosevear middle school librarian, International School of Beijing
Book: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Category: Older Readers (Grades 6-8)
Rosevear writes: "If you like reading about time travel and adventures combined with a little bit of romance, then this is a book for you. Even after just reading the first page, I knew I was going to enjoy the story and I had immense trouble putting the book down. It is the story of 17-year old Gwyneth, who is a member of a family of time travelers. Even though she is not supposed to have inherited the travel gene (her exquisite cousin Charlotte is supposed to be the gene carrier) she suddenly gets whisked off to another era in the middle of class."
"This is the start of lots of adventures, narrow escapes from death, and mysteries that Gwyneth will have to solve. Why did her mother lie about her birth? Can she trust Gideon, her good-looking travel companion, and what is a chronograph? Kerstin Gier’s writing is slick and the story is well thought out. If you liked this book, you will be happy to know that there are two more books, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green, in which Gwyneth solves the mystery of who she really is and what to do about the chronograph."
Overview: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
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