Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith

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When Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather, they think he’s crazy, especially when he tells them about his time machine. But after Emma is kidnapped at the exact time that her grandfather predicted, Max and Kyle are forced to believe his eccentric stories—even the one about the Chronal Engine in the basement.

Now, to save Emma, Max, Kyle, and their new friend Petra must pile into a VW Bug, and use the Chronal Engine to take the road trip of a lifetime—right back to the Cretaceous period. With dangers all around, the teens find themselves dodging car-crushing herbivores in addition to the terrifying T. rex. In this ancient environment, can three contemporary teens hunt down a kidnapper, forage for food, and survive long enough to return home?



About Greg Leitich Smith

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Blake Henry is an animator and comics artists in New York City. He graduated from The School of Visual Arts. Greg Leitich Smith lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, author Cynthia Leitich Smith, and four cats. He is the author of NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO and its companion book, TOFU AND T.REX. He and his wife, Cynthia Leitich Smith, are the co-authors of the picture book, SANTA KNOWS, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. A patent lawyer by day, Greg holds with academic honors: a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin; and a juris doctor from The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor. Visit him at
Published March 20, 2012 by Clarion Books. 197 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Showing blithe disregard for potential paradoxes, the author sheds enough light on his byzantine back story to ensure that the protagonists will be taking more trips through time and closes with notes on dinosaurs and on the history of “Robinsonades.” Action and enthusiasm aplenty, but, lik...

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Their mother, a paleontologist, has been offered a terrific assignment in Mongolia and, surprisingly, her nearly-estranged father, a recluse, has agreed to care for the kids – kids he has only met once before, at their father’s funeral.

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