On the surface, The Time Cavern, appears to be an average, YA Sci-Fi adventure tale. The plot initially simplistic: A young boy (Aaron) and his tomboy girlfriend (Jake), discover an ancient mystery of the universe, a time machine. Yet, the story is more than a fiction-adventure for young boys (and girls). It is also a learning tool. For nestled within the pages of his story, Todd Fonseca subtly weaves an abundance of life-lessons.
I was pleasantly surprised to find The Time Cavern overflowing with factoids involving astronomy, science, history, religious acceptance, and family tolerance&all intertwined into an intriguing tale of mystery, discovery and suspense.
One of my favorite chapters involved a brief, but heartfelt, father-son talk&climaxing with ten-year-old Aarons realization that he indeed needed to take responsibility in his being grounded. Sprinkled throughout the book, precious gems of knowledge and wisdom are as abundant as the hidden clues propelling Aaron and Jakes quest to solve the ancient mystery.
I highly recommend The Time Cavern, for parents that are looking for an intellectual story that neither talks over the heads of its readers, or talks down to them. It is easy to tell from Todd Fonsecas tale, that he possesses the wisdom of the ancients, and the soul of eternal youth.
Dee Marie ~ author of Sons of Avalon: Merlins Prophecy