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TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow
Cover Artist: Photo: Neil Spense
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Walker Books for Young Readers Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802721723
Date: 31 August 2010 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Three teens are recruited by a special agency just moments before their death. Their mission is to protect the current time line. Liam O'Connor was checking the lower decks of the Titanic, when he discovers that he is trapped. Maddy Carter was on a plane, nervous about flying, when a stranger approaches her. Sal Vikram is young and trapped by a fire. Each is facing death and is offered a chance to escape, but to live they must sacrifice their freedom and limit their choices for the rest of their lives.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Maddy should have died in a plane crash. Liam should have died at sea when the Titanic sank. Sal should have died in a tragic fire. But a mysterious man whisked them away to safety.

Maddy, Liam, and Sal quickly learn that time travel is no longer just a hope for the future; it is a dangerous reality. And they weren't just rescued from their terrible fates. . . they were recruited for the agency of TimeRiders created to protect the world from those seeking to alter the course of history for personal gain. By reliving the highly documented events in New York City on 9/11, they can closely monitor history for any deviationsólarge or small. When just such a change is detected, they are alerted that a threat is at hand unleashing the evil of the Nazis to wreak havoc with Earth's present and future. Can Maddy, Liam, and Sal fulfill their destinies as keepers of time to save the world from utter destruction?

An exhilarating adventure that shifts readers back in time to Nazi Germany and then forward into an ever-changing present.

(Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)

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