Book review: Time Shifters, by Chris Grine

Grine, Chris. Time Shifters. Graphix/Scholastic, 2017. $12.99. 266p. ISBN 978-0-545-92657-7. Ages 9-12. P7Q6

The death of his brother Kyle at the hands of bullies draws Luke into a non-stop adventure in an Old West alternative Earth as a scientist, a robot Abraham Lincoln, and a spirited ghost help him fight a “vampire Napoleon,” a mummy, and a skeleton in a spacesuit to keep the time-travel device.

Verdict: Colorful panels will entertain young readers, but the confusing plot lacks coherence, sometimes without reason, and the characters have little development. The opening promises far more than the graphic novel delivers.

December 2017 review by Nel Ward

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