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Recent Reviews for Todd A Fonseca

The Time Cavern (Book) - 2/1/2009 11:39:20 AM
Todd A. Fonseca's "The Time Cavern" is a fantastic read for children and adults alike. Todd has a knack for making the characters realistic and likeable, whether they be Aaron's parents or the main characters, 10 year old friends Aaron and Jake. I laughed many times while reading the book at the way Todd skillfully phrased certain things. For the adult, the read takes you back to a time when the world is filled with adventure and mystery, begging to be discovered. For the young reader, both boys and girls would appreciate the excitement of this book, certainly inspiring them to explore the wonders of our world beyond the television. The Time Cavern is definitely an enjoyable page-turning read and could easily be turned into a series of books. It incorporates the various degrees of friendship and trust, and makes us able to appreciate what we learned in history, the Amish culture, farming corn, constellations, and uncovering mysteries through the wonders of science. I could go on but I don't want to spoil it! Enjoy!!! J.R. Reardon

The Time Cavern (Book) - 12/6/2008 6:30:18 PM
pleasant, informative, fun Todd Fonseca's "The Time Cavern" is a story of how a 10 year old boy named Aaron, freshly transplanted from Minneapolis to the Pennsylvania Amish countryside and his new friend Jake (a know-it-all girl something like Hermione Granger without the wand) stumble across a hidden time machine and find out how it sparked a spooky legend of a young Amish boy disappearing a century before. Fonseca tells the story mostly from Aaron's point of view. His story hits on some YA-friendly topics: moving to a new city, making new friends, dealing with younger brothers, asking for independence, making mistakes, and exploration. Lots of exploration, which is good, because the reader ends up learning a bit about corn combines, the Internet, the Amish way of life, ultraviolet lights, and railroad tracks. Lots of other stuff too, which should make the book interesting to 10 year old boys. Fonseca has Aaron and Jake put into a lot of problem solving situations as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing boy. I found myself rooting for them as they struggle to put the clues together. In a sense, there's two time travels in the book: the 100-year trip that the Amish boy took, and the "time travel" that Aaron took when his family moved into horse-buggy and buttonless Amish country. It gave a nice parallel and theme to the book: I got to see how both Aarons dealt with time differences--one going back to the past, and one coming up to the future. "The Time Cavern" ends with the promise of future adventures of Aaron and Jake, and I'm looking forward to traveling through time with them again.

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