Patalosh: The Time Travelers – By Z. Altug and Tracy Gensler

28 May

Today is Memorial Day in the US. This a day for all Americans to honor or remember soldiers that are fighting, veterans, and especially those who lost their lives.

Happy Memorial Day!

Patalosh: The Time Travelers

By Z. Altug and Tracy Gensler

326 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on February 29, 2012

Some Taloshians (beings from the island of Patalosh on the planet Lumina) settled on Earth once they were able to travel through space and time on the airship HMS Exploricus. Orion Spence is a ten-year-old NonTaloshian (a NonTaloshian is a thing (a tree is an example of a “thing” being a NonTaloshian or just a regular human) with no powers) who lives with his parents on Earth in Antarctica. Orion just wakes up after being clobbered on the head. His parents are gone, his home is burned and the HMS Exploricus is crashed (Orion’s Dad is he Captain of the air-ship). Orion knows it was “Red Eyes” that took his parents and he finds out that only he has the key to stopping Red Eyes and rescuing his parents. Together with the crew of the HMS Exploricus and some new (and old) friends, Orion sets off on a journey that takes him across the world and time to try to solve seven riddles that will help him find his parents and stop Red Eyes.

This book had a very cool plot to it. It was very different from any middle grade book I’ve read. Who wouldn’t like to go on a time traveling journey to all seven continents on Earth?!? I really like how the book is about the really great adventure of a boy trying to save his parents, but you also learn about cultures from different times and places on Earth. Orion makes and/or brings a friend along at each continent he goes to. I liked how the crew of the Exploricus ate food that was from the place/time the ship was “sky-docked” over. I thought it was very interesting. I also really like the Taloshian characters. They are in different forms – human-like, cats, even plants! They can fly and cast energy spells. There is some very mild violence and a few scary situations, but noting that a young advanced reader couldn’t read. There is no bad language in the book. The reading level is harder than most MG books (I liked that) but the plot doesn’t drag.  

Five out of five bookworms!  

To learn more about Patalosh and  Z. Altug and Tracy Gensler, please visit the official Patalosh website by clicking HERE.

Check out the Patalosh trailer!

22 Responses to “Patalosh: The Time Travelers – By Z. Altug and Tracy Gensler”

  1. Catherine Johnson May 28, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Great choice for Memorial Day Erik!

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  2. Joanna May 28, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Thoughtful choice for today, Erik. I liked the idea of the family living in Antarctica!

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  3. Kirsten Larson May 28, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Happy Memorial Day, Erik!

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  4. julie rowan zoch May 28, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    I like the illustrations of the ships in the trailer. Really cool! How about I wish you a memorable Memorial day. I’m having a tough time with ‘happy’ after hearing reports of lives lost on the radio today. I hope the sun is shining where you are!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 29, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Yes I forgot to mention the illustrations in my review. There are a few in the book and they are really nice! Good point about “happy”. I like “memorable” too.

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  5. Susanna Leonard Hill May 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Sounds like fun, Erik. I love time travel, and getting to visit all 7 continents sounds neat!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 29, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      It was very interesting to learn about the different place / times they went to! Thank you Ms. Hill! 🙂

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  6. Michelle Isenhoff May 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Sounds good. I like the geography coupled with time travel. And I always appreciate clean reads!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 29, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      I think you would like this one. The cover looks creepy, but it isn’t a super creepy story. 🙂

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  7. Angela Brown May 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I enjoyed reading your review of this story. Certainly sounds like an interesting read. The illustrations in the book trailer really caught my eye with their “steampunk” style. Really loved them. 🙂

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  8. Patricia Tilton May 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I love time travel! Can’t imagine seven continents covered in a book. Sounds very interesting! Great review.

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks May 29, 2012 at 8:10 am #

      It was really cool how they visited all 7 continents but at different times in history. It was a very interesting book!

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  9. Darlene May 29, 2012 at 12:21 am #

    I love time travel and this book sounds great incorporating other cultures. Thanks Erik!

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  10. Audrey@ Audrey's Read It or Not May 29, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    This book sounds really cool! I might have to check it out soon!

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  11. Lynn A. Davidson May 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow! Thanks to your review, if I get to read this book I can visit the world and not have to leave home to do it. 🙂

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