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The Boy from Tomorrow: 08/16/19

The Boy from Tomorrow

The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis is a time travel story of friendship across the decades. Josie and Alec both live at 444 Sparrow Street. They share the same room. But Josie is living in 1915 and Alec is living in 2015.

Josie and her sister have a mother who is a known psychic. They have access to a hand painted spirit board. While exploring the house, Alec finds it. And that forms the initial connection between the children.

The chapters alternate points of view between Josie and Alec. Enough information is kept out of these alternating points of view to keep them interesting and suspenseful. The Boy from Tomorrow is one of those special books where both sides of the story really do work together to tell a complete narrative.

Josie and Cass's story is the most urgent of the two timelines. Given the hundred year separation, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that they will die young. Regardless of what happens, they are dead by Alec's time. The struggle then, is for him to help them avoid an early death.

This novel also sits on the road narrative spectrum. As all the protagonists are children, they are marginalized travelers (66). With the hundred year gap between the children, the destination is uhoria (CC). Finally there is the route taken is an offroad (66) one; namely children dashing all over town to search down clues. Put all together The Boy from Tomorrow is the tale of marginalized travelers going offroad to work across time.

Five stars

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