MS Review – Time to Shine


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History Village: Time to Shine
(History Village #3)
By Jo Elliott
Christian Middle Grade/Lower YA Sci-Fi, Time Travel
Paperback & ebook, 171 Pages
September 10, 2020

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Ally, Josh and Brendan are half siblings living in Australia who have a difficult situation to face at School and at home.  They have a special interest in the past as they have previously embarked on two time-travelling adventures with God’s divine help.

Once again they embark on their latest time-travelling adventure into first century, ancient Syria.  On the road to Damascus the children meet the frightening Commander who is on a mission to find and punish anyone who disagrees with his religious views.  The children must quickly learn who can be trusted in this dystopian Village as they push back against the darkness and look for the truth.  In time, the children learn that ordinary people with extraordinary faith in God can have a monumental impact throughout the generations.

With the help of biblical heroes of old, this coming of age story will help young people discover their own unique purpose and mission in life.  If you enjoy action-packed, suspenseful drama enveloped in cultural history, you are going to love “Time to Shine”.

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My Review

I enjoy time travel books. I also enjoy Biblical fiction. Time to Shine by Jo Elliott combines the two. I think she did a great job with the Biblical portion of the novel. I didn’t enjoy the modern day part as much. The mom didn’t seem like a nice person to me and used language that isn’t really appropriate for a mom to use toward her children. I also thought the parents seemed clueless to Biblical facts. The children were well-versed in the Bible story they were living during the time travel portion but when parts of the story were mentioned to the parents in the end, the kids had to explain what I consider basic Biblical facts to their parents. As far as the Biblical part of the story, Jo Elliott did a good job of placing the characters in a Bible story without altering the facts as they are found in the Bible. There were several uses of God’s name as well as other curses in the book. Not something I expect to see in a book tagged as Christian fiction.

Time to Shine is part of Jo Elliott’s History Village series. It is not the first book, but it does not appear to be necessary to read the books in order. 

One item of note, and it isn’t a deal breaker by any means, but those purchasing the book for kids will want to be aware that the book does not use American English spellings or school grade designations which may confuse some American children.

Time to Shine is not a book I would place in a K-12 Christian school library for the reasons stated above. I do encourage librarians to read the book for themself and make their own decision.

I received a complimentary copy of Time to Shine.  This is my honest review.

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About the Author

Jo Elliott was born in Melbourne Australia, to Greek parents and has resided in the world’s greatest city all her life. She left a career in industrial relations to pursue her greatest love which is introducing children to God’s word. Joanna is married to Phillip Elliott, a devoted writer of fiction, and together they have traveled the world, opening their minds and their hearts to new peoples and languages. When she’s not plotting her next teen book, Jo is trying to learn Italian, and is tinkering with an old family piano (which requires urgent tuning!)

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