Monday, February 20, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Last Musketeer (and giveaway winner)

The winner of my signed copy of Okay for Now is . . . 

(Yay! Email your mailing address to me at barbarawatson94(at)gmail(dot)com
so I can get this fantastic story to you).

And for today's MMGM:

Time travel. Such an intriguing concept ever since I saw the movie Back to the Future when I was a kid. The idea that going back in time would alter time from that moment forward is! So when I picked up The Last Musketeer by Stuart Gibbs, I was hooked. And it's new, just released in the fall of 2011.

The premise: Greg Rich and his family receive an all-expense paid vacation to Paris and a private tour of The Louvre--because they sold all their family heirlooms to the museum. But for centuries, the Rich family has been instructed to make sure none of these heirlooms ever returns to France.

What keeps readers reading: The time travel adventure. When Greg and his family arrive in modern-day Paris, a sinister man at The Louvre causes them to tumble into 1615 Paris. Accusations of treason, parental imprisonment, and a connection to the Three Musketeers (when they were teenagers!) roll this adventure on its way.

What I loved: This book makes you re-evaluate what you think is boring or mundane about yourself because it is just those things which can impact and change everything for someone else! Also, I love that Greg is fourteen and the story centers on action, so it's a great fit for upper middle grade readers who aren't into the YA scene yet.

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  1. This sounds like a fun read, especially for older middle graders who want their characters older. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. Ha! Any new take on the Three Musketeers is a must read for me. :D

  3. Oo, this is a must read for me too. Thanks for featuring it, Barbara. Happy MMGM!

  4. Back to say...CONGRATS to Kate on winning the book, you lucky duck, lol!

  5. I'm definitely adding this book to my to-read list. Great review!

  6. Egads! I'm into time travel (my own novel is one!!) so why haven't I heard of this?!? Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Congrats to Kate Birch. I'm trying not to be too green!!

  7. I love time-travel, so this book sounds super-fun to me. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  8. Cool! I think there should be more books with younger teen MCs. It's a gap in the genre IMHO.

  9. Time travel back to an encounter with teenage musketeers? huge SIGH of envy and delight! what a great idea!

  10. It's a GREAT read! And Lisa, I agree with your humble opinion; there is a gap, or at the very least, simply not a lot there for younger teens. They don't all switch to YA by the time they're 12 or 13.

  11. This looks like a very fun book to read. I loved Back to the Future and you can catch bits of it all the time on cable! :) Thanks for sharing another great book, I'm adding it to the list.

  12. Look very similar to my pick this week (okay, it's my first week joining the meme), Sabotaged (The Missing, book 3), by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Very fun browsing everyone's reviews. Long live MG!

  13. You know I'm always looking for good upper middle grade reads. :-)

    You say that the whole family goes back in time. You mean mom and dad, too? If so, I think that's very cool and also qualifies it for my "books in which neither parent is dead or missing" pile.

    1. Yes! Although the parents are imprisoned, they are not dead or missing in the usual sense. :-) I liked that about this book.

  14. Imprisoned is okay - just means the kid has to save the day. Which is what the young reader wants.

    So many books where kids are orphaned, have single/divorced parents, or parents die during the story.

  15. More time travel! I love it, but my students invariably wrinkle their noses. Has all imagination died? Who DOESN'T want to travel through time?


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