BOOK REVIEW + $10 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - When Time Stands Still by Diane Martin
When Time Stands Still
by Diane Martin
GENRE: Children's fantasy/mystery
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).
“Nana says our camping spot is a magical place,” Megan informed them, moving her attention back to packing. “That’s why there are white spots. She calls them orbs.” “Well, that’s dumb. There’s no such thing as magic,” Brooke sternly said, sliding off the bed with the picture still in her hand. 3 “Brooke, you’re only five. You should still believe in magic,” Dad sadly commented, getting up and placing his hand on Brooke’s shoulder. “Nic says there’s no such thing,” Brooke regurgitated in a saucy tone. “And he’s ten, so he knows everything.” Brooke ducked from under his hand, leaving Megan’s room. “Ugh, she is so annoying sometimes—a total brat!” Megan grunted, shaking her head. “Correction … make that all the time. I wish I were an only child.” “Who’s annoying?” Nicholas asked curiously from the hallway with his bag in hand. “Nobody, buddy,” Dad replied, ruffling Nicholas’s thick strawberry-blond hair. “Did you grow? You look like you’re filling out, not so scrawny anymore. Soon you’ll be as tall as Megan.” He smiled. “Difference is I’m athletic, and you’re not,” Megan said, sticking her tongue out at Nicholas. “I am too athletic,” Nicholas snarled back. “Hockey is way harder than swimming.” “Okay, that’s enough,” Dad quickly interrupted, putting his hands out. “You’re both very athletic, and each sport has its degree of difficulty. Now let’s get back to the matter at hand. Leaving.” “All packed and ready to go!” Nicholas said with great excitement, patting his bag. “This is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait to go exploring along the river and in the woods.” His green eyes sparkled with anticipation, and the smile on his freckled face showed how eager he was to get going.
When Time Stands Still is the story of three siblings, Megan, Nicholas, and Brooke. They think they are going on an uneventful family vacation and couldn’t be more wrong. Upon arriving at their destination, they find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of their great-great- uncle Jack. He disappeared many years ago and the children find themselves whisked off to a foreign land. The siblings find themselves wondering if they’ll solve the mystery and get back home. Meanwhile, back at camp, where time stands still. Their baby brother Tanner may have found the missing piece that solves the mystery.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading When Time Stands Still. The banter between the three oldest siblings was interesting and their dynamic had me engaged and wanting more. I also enjoyed Tanner, their baby brother. His voice provided a depth to the story and boy, is he hilarious! I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading this book. The descriptions are well written and allowed me to fully immerse myself in the story. The author does an excellent job of creating parallel storyline that weaves together nicely. This book is perfect for middle schoolers and adults alike.
I’d love to see this become a series and I’d love to join the siblings on their next adventure!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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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