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Life in rural Tennessee is rough for 12-year-old Joel Biggs, whose alcoholic father regularly takes out his anger on his son, until the day Joel and two friends follow a meandering creek from their own time into the strange, lawless world of early 19th-century Tennessee. Set upon by river pirates, the boys attempt to escape with their lives and find their way back to their current time. This collaborative effort among Clark (coauthor, Siren Promised), Stephen C. Merritt, and Lorelei Shannon (Rags and Old Iron) combines time travel with a coming-of-age story, making for a book that should appeal to lovers of historical fantasy and time-travel literature. A good selection for most libraries.