Short-listed for the 2004 Chocolate Lily Book Award
Darrell Connor is back for another term at Eagle Glen, but is shocked to find that along with her friends Brodie and Kate, her nemesis, Conrad Kennedy, has enrolled at the school.
The memory of her recent visit to medieval Scotland is still fresh, and when Darrell and her dog, Delaney, investigate an abandoned lighthouse, they discover another route into the past. Lost in the magical beauty of Renaissance Italy, Darrell meets a young artist with fiery ambition named Leonardo Da Vinci.
Does Leonardo hold the key to resolving the tragedy of her own past? Ignoring the advice of a kindly stranger, Darrell embarks on a desperate journey to find the answers to her own fears, unaware of the price she and her friends will pay for dancing with time.
About the Author
kc dyer is a freelance writer. She lives with her menagerie of children and animals in Lions Bay, British Columbia, where she produces the local newspaper. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult novel, Seeds of Time, which introduces us to Darrell and her friends.
kc dyer is a freelance writer. She lives with her menagerie of children and animals in Lions Bay, British Columbia, where she produces the local newspaper. She is the author of the acclaimed Eagle Glen novels, featuring Darrell O'Connor and her friends. Find out more at www.kcdyer.com.
What People are Saying About This
"Hints near the conclusion of the story suggest that the third book in Dyer's trilogy will involve the Reformation and Inquisition. Readers will be waiting for it."
Cole Fennety has his eye on a very nice bike, a Kona Hardtail Stuff, to be precise. His parents really can't afford to buy it, and he knows that the only way that he'll own it is to find a job. Problem is, at 14 years of age, the prospects are somewhat limited. And, until he passes Sam's Shop, a combination hardware store and small engine repair shop owned by the notoriously crusty Sam Kerrigan, a paper route seems like the only option. Cole's job "interview" is quite unusual, but, after finding keel sticks, chain saws, and files, he finds, to his surprise that he is hired. "Working for old Sam Kerrigan wasn't going to be a happy experience, that was for sure," but Cole can make it work for a summer, if it means that he can earn enough to buy that Kona. Sam's Light is the chronicle of the summer that Cole spends in the hardware store with Sam. There's also life at home with a mom for whom television soaps seem more important than "real" life, Cole's annoying younger sister, a father with whom he has a remarkably good relationship, Rhonda Walker, a classmate who becomes his girlfriend, and adventures with Wayne, his best friend. Impulsive, manipulative, and at times, genuinely thoughtless, Wayne is a total jerk, although Cole can't help admiring his fearlessness. Truth to tell, as a reader, I loathed Wayne, and by the time the story ends, Cole is close to feeling the same way about him. And, much of that is due to the changes that take place as Cole spends time with Sam, who we learn is suffering from terminal cancer, and who, turns out to be one of those men that Grandpa describes as "good . . . and fair." Sam knows that time is running out for him, and he plans to retire at the end of summer. But, the retirement is from more than work, and, when Sam confides to Cole that he plans to choose the time to end his life, Cole makes the decision that "Sam Kerrigan wasn't going to die alone." Not many 14-year-olds could make that decision, but Cole becomes quite another person by the time Sam leaves this world. Cole's choice is an extraordinary one, but sometimes, people are given the opportunity to make such choices, and they are changed forever. Cole certainly is. I enjoyed Sam's Light in a way that I hadn't expected. In her "Acknowledgments," Valerie Sherrard, the author of Kate and the "Shelby Belgarden" mysteries, attests to the challenges of writing in the voice of a teenage boy, and, at first, I found Cole to be wise beyond his years, and to be honest, quite unlike most 14-year-old boys of my acquaintance. Nevertheless, Cole's voice became stronger and more credible as the story developed. But, it's not enough for me to enjoy Sam's Light; it has to appeal to Cole's contemporaries. And, I think that it will. It's not for the guy who wants an action story - really, a summer spent in a rural hardware story is no competition for a Tom Clancy-style thriller. But, I think that there are young men who will enjoy Cole's story, and I know that young women will, too. Highly Recommended. -Joanne Peters is a teacher-librarian at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, MB.
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Darrell Connor and friends are back at Eagle Glen School. This time, though, it's for the whole school year instead of just the summer. And none of them could be happier. As always in Darrell's world, the calm doesn't last for long.
The friends' first surprise occurs right after orientation. Their arch-enemy, Conrad Kennedy, has reappeared. And he's attending Eagle Glen, too! The school year is already going downhill, and it's only the first day.
As far as the surprises that time has in store for them, they intend to be more prepared this time. They're doing their own investigating of the cave and its mysterious glyphs. There's even a new glyph that leads them to the old lighthouse. From there they find themselves flying through time, again, and ending up in Italy during the Renaissance. Darrell even gets a chance to meet some of her artistic idols. Unfortunately, Darrell is about to learn that even when dreams come true, it's not always quite what you imagine. And some dreams can only ever be dreams, no matter how much you hope.
Traveling back and forth in time might make learning history easier, but it doesn't make life any easier for Darrell or her friends. In fact, they're all about to learn what kind of risks and danger time travel can really have.
KC Dyer doesn't miss a step in this sequel to SEEDS OF TIME. It doesn't even feel like most middle books of a trilogy. You know, where it's just information you have to get through to get to book three. This is a great story in its own right. More than just a really interesting look at the Renaissance, it's an a great example of "careful what you wish for."
If you aren't going crazy to read the next book by the end of this one, I'm a little worried about you.