Wednesday, August 2, 2017

StarPassage: Heroes and Martyrs

If you met the Carsons in Clarke Rich Burbidge's first StarPassage book, you'll be happy to know they're back with more adventures.   (See my post.)  Tim and Marti guide new friend, Bobby, through trips back in time as he deals with the guilt of his family's tragedy.


StarPassage: Heroes and Martyrs would make the subject of a good preteen/teen book study.  Strong themes of good vs. evil and courage to face adversity are evident in the book.  Author Burbidge excels at creating nail-biting suspense throughout the book. Readers can examine the text for many good examples of rising action in the plot and roadblocks aplenty.  He caps off the story with a cliff-hanger ending, leaving the reader anxious to devour the next volume that hasn’t yet been written! 

Author Clark Rich Burbidge

Burbidge so skillfully weaves time travel through the story that it almost seems plausible.  Readers get authentic tastes of history as the characters witness some of the Airborne invasion of France of D-Day 1944, the horrors of the attack on the twin towers on 9/11, and the fiery cataclysmic eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883. 


You'll definitely want to read StarPassage:Heroes and Martyrs yourself and have it on hand for middle school and older students to read.


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