When Billy discovers a hidden cache of ancient coins, it isn't long before a gang of thugs swipes them right from under Billy. Plotting to use the magical properties of the coins to seize power in the past, these power-hungry gangsters will do anything to reach their goal. Their future threatened, Billy and Danny must race through time to steal back the coins---before history is changed forever! (Goodreads)
Title: Time Gangsters
Author: Berin L. Stephens
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Release Date: February 8, 2012
Time Gangsters is a fun, fast, middle grade read. I haven't had this much fun with a book in this genre since I read the Percy Jackson series. It is one of those ridiculously out there stories that you think…why could that not have happened to my cousins and me when we were that age?!?!
Don’t let the cover fool you the two main characters Billy and Danny are two teens from our time. These two have been at each others throats for a long time, they are so different from one another it was fun to watch them work together, fighting throughout Time Gangsters. I also liked Billy’s best friend Wheezy, his character was fun. I thought it was funny when he announced he could breath better and they were trying to think of new names for him.
“I’ve never been able to breath this good. There’s no wheezing no constriction. This is wonderful.” His face then took on a serious expression. “ But this means I’ll have to change my name.”“How about Not-Wheezy,” Billy suggested.“Or Wheezeless,” Sticks added
As fun as the characters are, you may worry about the story, but I found it had great flow. Even with the large page number Time Gangsters has, it was a very fast read. I believe this is the first middle grade I’ve read with time travel in it. So for anyone who new to the time travel concepts and all the problems it can cause, this is a great book to read!
With fun lines like:
“They have guns and superpowers. Even if you call in the entire army, they have the means to wipe them out and continue with their plans. The only weapons that can stop them are the other coins.”
You know you want to read it, just to find out what exciting thing happens with the coins and how they were used. Berin Stephens did an awesome job of keeping me entertained throughout Time Gangsters.
Awesome! Reread worthy.
About the Author
Berin Stephens was born in Anchorage, Alaska and grew up in Chugiak. He holds a masters degree in music performance and pedagogy and teaches saxophone and clarinet lessons privately and at Utah Valley University. He currently lives in Orem, Utah with his wife and five children. For more information, you can visit www.DragonWarRelic.com.