Maiya Williams was an editor and vice president of the Harvard Lampoon and writer for the TV shows Rugrats and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She is currently a writer and producer for MAD TV and lives with her husband and three children. This is her third novel.
Gr 5-8-African-American twins Xavier and Xanthe Alexander and their friends Nina and Rowan Popplewell are back. In this third novel, they embark on their first solo mission: to find Balthazar Weber, the teenage son of the inventor of time travel. He disappeared during a trip with his father in 1856 to hear Abraham Lincoln speak. The children piece together the notion that Balthazar may have run away to the California Gold Rush, and they head back in time to find him. Their trip leads to plenty of Wild West adventures filled with historical details, including the way that African Americans were treated and a glimpse of Native American life. The juxtaposition of 21st-century teens and their humor with a realistic picture of the Old West gives this book a readability that can often be absent from historical fiction. This welcome addition to the series will leave readers waiting to see where the children's adventures will take them next.-Tasha Saecker, Menasha Public Library, WI Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"* 'One of the few fantasies with any African-American characters' - Booklist."