September 29, 2009

Vhan Zeely and the Time Prevaricators by Mary Bailey

I'm so pleased that I get to review Vhan Zeely and the Time Prevaricators here on the Book Nook and share this hidden gem of a Young Adult book with you all. I borrowed this book from a high school English teacher friend who was taught English by Mary Bailey herself. Of course, you never know what you'll get when you read a writing of a friend of a friend, but I was sucked in and can't wait to read more of her writing.

As a kid, my favorite type of book were time traveling books. Though I didn't recognize it at the time, I suppose time travel books interested me because it combined my interest in science and my interest in history, though I didn't know I had those interests at the time.

As much as I enjoyed Vhan Zeely today, I would have absolutely fallen in love with it when I was a tween.

Okay, enough about me. On to why I enjoyed Vhan Zeely:

* Vhan Zeely is absolutely relatable as a 12-year-old girl who struggles with the delights and insecurities that come with her in-between age.

* Though some things are predictable, there were plenty of turns I didn't figure out. I love a good, clean mystery.

* The splash of history was fun, entertaining, informative, but not overdone. And as far as I'm aware, it was spot on, too.

* Bailey didn't tie up all the lose ends. I appreciate a book that doesn't answer every question.

I recommend this book to anyone, tween on up, who enjoys mystery, time travel (well, books on it, at least), or history! I know this book isn't widely available, but you can find it at online retailers, or you can bug your local library about getting it! I want to make sure that a good book gets a chance.


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