The Time Museum
by Matthew Loux
Review by Gayle Surrette
First Second Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596438491
Date: 21 February 2017 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
On the last day of school, Delia Bean gives a talk on dung beetles to her class. As you can imagine, the class, including the teacher, was bored stiff. Delia's friend Vera was the only one who didn't run out as soon as the bell rang. Delia loves to go to museums. She loves to learn. That makes it difficult to make and keep friends.
Delia's uncle Lyndon works at a museum. Her parents are taking Delia and her brother to visit, but when they arrive her uncle is away on business. Delia decides to catalog the flora and fauna in the garden around her uncle's home. She eventually comes across a museum of Earth history. Here she sees people from all time periods and is surprised to see her parents and uncle.
Shortly after this visit to the Earth History Museum, Delia is invited to apply and compete for an internship at the museum. She's only twelve, but her parents agree and Delia figures she's set for the summer.
But the museum is more than it seems, and soon she's competing with young people from several time periods. They are sent out on missions and need to use all their wits and courage to complete their tasks. While they are in a competition for the limited internship slots, they also need to learn to work together.
The missions are much more dangerous than originally planned as someone is trying to take over and shut down the museum. Whoever it is doesn't care who gets hurt as long as he gets what he wants. Delia must use all her knowledge, courage, and compassion to work with her team and help save the museum.
The art work is bright, clever, and informative. The art works to add information to the cells and to the story and together make a novel that comes alive, keeping the reader hoping that the young people will succeed. The plot is convoluted, but clearly defined, giving the reader a chance to try to figure things out before the team.
Sometimes loving to learn, read, and study isn't just more than fun -- it's an adventure.