SAVING LUCAS BIGGS by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

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When Margaret’s father is sentenced to death by corrupt Judge Lucas Biggs, her world is shattered.  Although lawyers and family friends assure her that there will be appeals, Margaret knows it will be no use.  Her town is practically owned by Victory Fuels, a mining company that has been controlling people’s lives for decades.  Back in the 1930s, her friend Charlie’s grandpa, Josh, grew up the son of a Victory Fuels miner and saw firsthand how people can suffer at the hands of the corrupt company.  But Grandpa Josh has not given up hope.  He knew Lucas Biggs as a child and believes the good Luke is still hidden underneath the years of bitterness and corruption.  Moreover, Grandpa Josh knows Margaret’s family secret: their ability to travel back in time, a “quirk” which Margaret and all of her relatives have sworn never to use.  But with her father’s life on the line, Margaret decides to break her family oath and travel back to 1938 where she and young Josh will hopefully change history and end Lucas Biggs’ corruption before it starts.

This book had an exciting premise that kept me reading, although large chunks of explication often slowed me down.  The fantasy time-travel element is light, and most of the interesting things happen in the past.  Therefore, I would recommend this book to middle grade readers who like historical fiction  adventure stories.  I read an Advanced Reader Copy; the book comes out on April 29.

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