The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove is the perfect book for a Middle School library collection. The story has adventure, mystery, a touch of history, science fantasy, and just a tiny smidgen of romance. I enjoyed the book from cover to cover.
In the year 1799 as we know it, something inexplicable happened. The continents of this earth all shifted into different time periods in history. Instead of an entire world living in the year 1799, different areas were in different ages. Canada became prehistoric. Parts of Europe reverted back to the Middle Ages. Yet all of these ages began to exist simultaneously on the earth. It was called "The Great Disruption."
With the world completely transformed, Exploring and Cartology (mapmaking), become highly regarded. Almost 100 years after "The Great Disruption," one of the most famous Cartological families in this new world is that of Sophia Tims.
Sophia's parents are Explorers. Her uncle is renowned Boston Cartologist, Shadrack Elli. When Sophia was just a small girl, her parents went off on an Exploration trip and never returned. Sophia was left to be raised by her uncle Shadrack, whom she adores and admires. Though eight years have passed since they kissed her goodbye, Sophia holds out hope that her parents will one day come home.
In the meantime, much is changing in Boston in 1891. The government wants to close the borders of "New Occident" (what we would call the United States prior to westward expansion) and deport all foreigners from different ages back to their own lands. This greatly concerns Sophia because, if the borders are closed, how will her parents ever return to her?
Shadrack and Sophia decide that they must travel to find some answers before the borders are closed forever. Sophia goes off to buy supplies for their trip and returns to find that her home has been ransacked and her uncle has been kidnapped. Feeling truly alone in the world, Sophia decides to take matters into her own hands and sets off to find her uncle.
What Sophia doesn't know is that there are plots, mysteries, and phenomena happening around her and she is the key to them all. With the help of a foreign boy named Theo, some friendly Pirates, a Botanist, Librarian, and a Chocolatier, Sophia has to find her uncle and unravel the mystery of his kidnapping before time itself betrays her.
5 out of 5 stars
Review by Mrs. Sanborn
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