Chronal Engine (Hardcover)
Clarion Books, 9780547608495, 192pp.
Publication Date: March 20, 2012
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When Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather, they think he’s crazy, especially when he tells them about his time machine. But after Emma is kidnapped at the exact time that her grandfather predicted, Max and Kyle are forced to believe his eccentric stories—even the one about the Chronal Engine in the basement.
Now, to save Emma, Max, Kyle, and their new friend Petra must pile into a VW Bug, and use the Chronal Engine to take the road trip of a lifetime—right back to the Cretaceous period. With dangers all around, the teens find themselves dodging car-crushing herbivores in addition to the terrifying T. rex. In this ancient environment, can three contemporary teens hunt down a kidnapper, forage for food, and survive long enough to return home?
About the Author
Greg Leitich Smith lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, author Cynthia Leitich Smith. He is the author of Chronal Engine, as well as three other middle grade novels: Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn, and Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo and its companion book, Tofu and T. Rex. He is also co-author of the picture book Santa Knows. Visit Greg at www.gregleitichsmith.com.
Blake Henry is an animator and comics artists in New York City. He graduated from The School of Visual Arts.
Praise For Chronal Engine…
"The short length, breathless pace, and graphic-novel-esque, full-page illustrations might make this one appealing to reluctant readers."--School Library Journal
"There's peril aplenty, but Smith keeps the tone light and easy, making this accessible to younger readers averse to anything truly scary."--Bulletin
"This is exactly the book young dino fans would write themselves, crammed with sandbox-style action and positively packed with words like Nanotyrannus