Thursday, August 8, 2019
Ranger in Time: Journey through Ash and Smoke, written my Kate Messner, reviewed by Amanda Davies
Straight Talk for Librarians: Messner has a knack for writing historically accurate tales that seamlessly incorporate her extensive research while maintaining a fast and engaging pace. Journey through Ash and Smoke is no different. At the end of the book, Messner includes a thorough Author's Note that includes a description the process of her research, photos of her trip to Iceland, and explanations for the inspiration for parts of the story. While the time-travel elements mean that the book is a work of historical fiction, she also provides suggestions for further reading and a source list of her research. This would be a great book for young people who love non-fiction but who are looking to branch out and explore other genres, who love history and learning about other cultures, or who just love a good adventure.