The Mona Lisa Key

The Mona Lisa Key

Book - 2018 | First edition
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When Matt, Ruby, and Corey Hudson discover their subway train is actually a time-traveling eighteenth-century frigate captained by a mysterious pirate, they are thrown into a series of adventures that offer cryptic clues about their past and their future.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062568137
Branch Call Number: J FIC SHURT L

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AMB_4
Apr 27, 2021

It's a fun time travel romp, but as always with time travel, it's makes my head hurt a bit thinking about it.

Mateo, Ruby and Corey have one family rule: stick together. So when Corey runs off without his lunch onto the subway, Mateo and Ruby go with him ...and they're rescued by a time ship, the Vermillion, which changes shape to fit each time and place it goes.

Once on board the Vermillion, it's be loyal to the captain or off you go. Rather than be stranded in time, the kids help the crew rob the Mona Lisa -- yes, that Mona Lisa, of the ubiquitous smile -- from a thief in 1911.

Hidden in the back of the painting is a key...but why does the captain want it? And why does he insist Mateo can "foremember" -- remember before he's done something -- events to solve the puzzle of where in time it is?

Then they travel back in time to a pivotal Mets game, and the kids run into a teenage version of their father, and Mateo realizes he can control time, just a bit. The kids figure out the captains plans, or at least they think they do, and he time strands them on a deserted island.

No spoilers, you'll have to read the rest to find out what happens. I'm afraid of giving away too much, you never know with time travel books what's going to be a spoiler of future events!

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Mudita
Dec 02, 2019

Mona Lisa Key, the first of the YA series, Time Castaways is very imaginative and action packed. Time travel is always a wacky read and this author has done a wonderful job. The family of characters are enjoyable and lots of secrets and surprises. Be sure to read this before the second book, Obsidian Compass.

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violet_panda_2900
Feb 16, 2019

amazing i love this book and book 2 looks great EXEPT ITS ONLY EBOOK#DYEINGINSIDE

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darladoodles
Sep 05, 2018

There are a number of moving parts in this book -- literally. The time travelling ship can morph into most any other type of transportation from a yacht to a train to a golf cart. Behind all the travelling is a magic compass. I got a bit of a Back In Time vibe from this book. This series will be appealing to both boys and girls and teaches a bit about history in the midst of all the action. I look forward to learning more answers to the mystery of the Mona Lisa Key.

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violet_panda_2900
Feb 14, 2019

violet_panda_2900 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 99

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