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Book Review: The Timekeeper’s Moon by Joni Sensel

The adventure that began with THE FARWALKER’S QUEST continues with THE TIMEKEEPER’S MOON, a fantasy-adventure for ages 9 and up that answers lingering questions about the mysterious dart that kicked off Ariel Farwalker’s journey in the first book. The sequel opens with the moon leading Ariel to a baffling map.

Determined to follow it, she and her friends embark on a dangerous mission to decode the map and discover its secrets before an ingenious trap set in the past can erase Ariel’s future. The puzzle presented by the map appeals to readers with a penchant for problem-solving and lateral thinking, and the time-bending aspects of the plot can prompt intriguing “what-if” conversations with grandparents about paths taken – or not – and their impact on the present and future.

The first book in this series was listed in the 2010 edition of the Bank Street College of Education’s 100 Best Books list, and Booklist praised the second book, saying, “Vivid world building and tight pacing mark this sequel, further distinguished by rich characters with believable relationships.” School Library Journal noted, “Sensel excels in her vivid descriptions of the setting, the characters, and the adventures they experience.

The theme of finding and accepting one’s true calling resonates in this second book as much as it did in the first.” And according to Fantasy Book Critic blogger, “[Sensel] has the unique ability to write a book geared to a middle-grade/YA audience but that makes even an adult want to read and jump into the world she has created.”

More information is available at the author’s website at www.jonisensel.com.

The Timekeeper’s Moon

Bloomsbury USA, 2010

Ages 9-13, 340 pages



Joni Sensel is the author of four novels for young readers as well as a variety of nonfiction for adults. Her fiction has earned a 2010 Bank Street College of Education Best Book designation, a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2009 Cybils Award finalist ranking, and a 2001 ASPCA Henry Bergh Honor. Joni serves as the co-regional advisor for the Western Washington chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She grew up near Tacoma, WA, and now lives in the woods near Mt. Rainier, where she chats with amiable boulders and trees. Read more at www.jonisensel.com.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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