THE SANDS OF TIME by Michael Hoeye

THE SANDS OF TIME

Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Rare glimmers of wit aside, this tale has nothing to offer but trite dialogue, typecast characters, a plot built from lackluster set pieces and a bewildering array of odd names. After 76 pages of scene-setting, the adventure finally begins with the story of battered old chipmunk Birch Tentintrotter, a brilliant linguist who, years ago, was ruined and nearly killed by mysterious enemies after translating an ancient want ad from a supposedly-mythical Cat civilization. Inspired by new clues, Birch, joined by watchmaker Hermuk Tantamoq and adventuress/pilot Linka Perflinger (both mice), race nefarious con artist Hinkum Stepfitchler III and his intended victim, cosmetics queen Tucka Mertslin, to a lost library of the Cats, where, after predictable treachery, captures and escapes, everyone ends up about where you’d expect. Many members of this all-rodent cast appeared in a much-referred-to prequel; no doubt the series will continue until the author’s will (or money) gives out. Since it’s printed in a nearly illegible typeface, though, few readers will stay the course long enough to experience its many other faults. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-9675111-2-7
Page count: 300pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2001




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