Review of childrens fantasy mystery When Time Stands Still by Diane Martin
Three siblings, Megan, Nicholas, and Brooke, think they are going on an uneventful family vacation. They couldn’t be more wrong! They find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance, many years ago, of their great-great-uncle Jack.
After being spirited away to a foreign land, the siblings wonder if they will ever solve the case, let alone get home again. Back at camp, where time stands still, their baby brother Tanner just might have found the missing piece that unlocks an old family mystery.
“When Time Stands Still” became an Amazon.ca Best Seller reaching #1 on the Mysteries & Detective Stories for children chart (December 2022).
Excerpt from When Time Stands Still
It’s one of the best times of the year! Days of sunshine and freedom await. School was finally out, and the summer holidays were begging for a bit of adventure and lazy days. Every year for Megan, Nicholas, Brooke, and Tanner, their escapades and respite took place while camping at Rainbow Falls with their parents for a couple of weeks. It was a long drive there, about four hours; however, the kids didn’t mind because they always had such a great time there. Mom’s family has been travelling to this particular site for many generations, and the kids could understand why! There was so much to explore. Their special camping place was a semi-secluded location set in the mountains with an abundance of colourful wildflowers and a wide variety of wildlife. But before they could go, there was much to be done. “Brooke, that’s mine!” Megan snapped, snatching the little photo book from her younger sister’s petite hands and causing a photograph to fall out. Anger was starting to bubble inside Megan, and her deep blue eyes seemed to turn almost black. Her tanned skin transformed to a rosy red as she closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and continued to pack, praying Brooke would go away.
My Review of When Time Stands Still
This was a cute read that is perfect for kids who want a fun magical adventure (or adults who want a fun magical adventure, for that matter). The kids’ perspectives really felt true, and being an only child, I felt like I got an education about the joys and trials of having siblings from this book. The 5-year-old’s vocabulary seemed a bit big, but I don’t at all remember what words I was saying when I was 5, and none of my friends’ kids have hit that point yet for me to overhear during phone calls.
Lots of lessons about friendship and acceptance in here. The story took a bit to really get going, and the overall conflict never hit a point where I felt concerned for anyone’s life, but I’m likely a bit old for the target audience. Younger me would have probably been right there with the trouble and the emotions.
All in all, quite enjoyed and highly recommend, especially as a book parents and kids could read together.
About Diane Martin
Diane Martin currently lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Fab, along with two of their children, Brooke and Tanner. They have two Yorkie-poos named Cups and Chewie as well. Megan and Nicholas are all grown up and currently live in Alberta, Canada. The series Medallion Mysteries was born out of Diane’s love for reading stories to her children when they were young. She also enjoys a great mystery! Her children were the inspiration for writing and they appear in the series.
Diane hopes her writing will encourage all children to use their imaginations and create their own stories!
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