Pete Hautman is the author of many books for young adults and adults, including the National Book Award-winning Godless and the time-travel adventure Mr. Was. Pete Hautman splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
This might be Hautman's most daring book yet. Throughout, Hautman raises significant issues concerning family, faith, and destiny. Well-developed and complex characters, a fascinating time travel framework (including dispatches from the far future), and a heart-stopping conclusion will leave readers looking forward to the next book.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Vivid imagination and deft storytelling make for refreshing speculative fiction in this time-travel tale... Part science fiction, part adventure, part mystery, but every bit engrossing; be sure to start the hold list for the sequel.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This fast-paced opener to the Klaatu Diskos trilogy will satiate adventure seekers, and the refined brain candy will be delicious to more thoughtful readers... Tantalizing.
--Booklist (starred review)
Hautman describes the series as what he would have liked to have read as a teen, and he's got that right; with its blend of unpredictable past and future time travel, action sequences, exotic weaponry, mysterious villains, and an emergent band of unlikely allies, this will appeal to sci-fi oriented kids with gaming sensibilities.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The first of a planned trilogy plants Tucker and his family in a religious and ideological battle across time, hinting at intriguing developments to come. Grounded in historical events, Hautman's novel projects our own "interesting times" into an even more frightening yet fascinating future.
--The Horn Book
Hautman has created a vivid and intricate world that bridges the present to the past with the possibilities of science fiction.
This first book in a planned trilogy is a briskly paced time travel adventure. There is plenty of action and mystery to keep the audience engaged as well as ample thought-provoking material for more serious readers to contemplate.
--Library Media Connection
There's a lot happening here, so if you're looking for the next best thing in science fiction, look no further.
Gr 7 Up-Tucker's father, Reverend Adrian Feye, was making a repair on the roof of his house when he disappeared. An hour later, he returned looking worn and sunburned, with a mysterious girl in tow. His father is also acting strangely. Although he's a preacher, he no longer believes in God. His mother has also become withdrawn. Are all these events related? Tucker believes his father fell through a shimmering disk that appeared on their roof. Tucker's life takes a serious detour when his father takes his mother away for treatment and arranges for Uncle Curtis to take care of Tucker. Curtis's house also has a disk that appears on the roof. What are these disks? Do they lead to the same place? Can Tucker find his parents by going through a disk? The first title (Candlewick, 2012) in a projected trilogy by Pete Hautman has plot twists and turns throughout, and the scientific, historical, and spiritual issues that are introduced make for a fascinating listen. Joshua Swanson's narration is elegant and smooth, and he employs a variety of voices and inflections. A great addition to school and public library collections.-Elizabeth Kenyon, Merrillville High School, IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.