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Children's LiteratureEleven-year-old Esther becomes a blooming archeologist after she discovers an eleven thousand year-old spearhead near her schoolyard. Immediately and magically she is pointed into the distant past of Clovis mammoth hunters originating at the quarry and moving about forty miles with her adopted nomadic family group during two and one half months. Named Esster, tagged as star-child, and gifted with wazicat magic, she courageously adapts to the primitive diet, mysterious language, and unusual rituals as she strives to maintain her well being by skirting loneliness and enduring family conflict. Brief chapters laced with suspense, humor, and prehistoric information offer readers a glimpse of day-to-day life during the Pleistocene era. In many scenes, Esther shares the future. The Heimlich maneuver saves adopted sister Tekinit who chokes on a chunk of snake. Sayings prevail as Esther tries to acclimate and accept her fate—"counting mammoth" instead of sheep lends a hand for sleep or "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." The traditions of Hansel and Gretel are alive as Esther marks sites with a neon pink shoelace or forms her initial E with rocks in case she's able to backtrack to her Texas home. A map illustrates the group's territory and travels along with a family tree. Griffin invented a vocabulary (glossary) that includes everyday terms. Males are named after animals while females have plant names. Her research is highlighted with notes, a partial bibliography, and websites inviting readers to make discoveries of their own beyond this fascinating time-travel adventure. Another title readers might enjoy, The Timespinners by Luli Gray, tells of twins traveling back in time to theIce Age and meeting Neanderthals. 2004, Amulet Books, Ages 9 to 14.