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by Stuart Gibbs

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-204838-7
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

From the gripping first sentence—“Clinging to the prison wall, Greg Rich realized how much he hated time travel”—the excitement never flags in this newly imagined Musketeer adventure.

Greg is none too pleased to be in Paris with his folks as they sell off family heirlooms. Among their belongings is a magical crystal that, when nabbed by a villainous thief, whisks them into the distant past. Suddenly in 17th-century Paris, Greg’s parents are imprisoned in the La Mort Triste and sentenced to die. Greg has only a few days to save them. He elicits the help of three teenage boys: Aramis, Porthos and Athos, each keen for the adventure. As the boys wend their way through the fetid streets of medieval Paris with the king’s guards always on their heels, they endure death-defying battles and swordfights on horseback, chandeliers and ledges. With the past and the present entwining in dizzying tangles of who’s who and what’s what, Gibbs weaves in historical facts about Paris as well as atmospheric tidbits about rats, bed bugs and the lack of toilets and pockets in pants. Greg, now referred to as D’Artagnon, eventually deduces his role in this group, but it’s going to take more than wishful thinking to get him and his parents back home—or is Paris home?   

Using Alexandre Dumas' stories as a jumping-off point, Gibbs mixes fact, fantasy and thrills to create a galloping swashbuckler. (Adventure. 8-12)