Back in 1984 I had the pleasure of spending several years working part-time with Dr. Chris McGowan at the Royal Ontario Museum. Chris retired recently, and he’s now penned a book for children called Abacus:

Abacus is an adventure story in which 12-year-old AP, who’s into science, travels through time with Kate, his 15-year-old sister. Kate thinks her geeky brother is a waste of space, but when he uses science to get them out of trouble, she starts changing her mind. Their journeys take them to medieval England, the Wild West, and to ancient Egypt, where AP’s science is seen as magic. And stalking them on every trip is a hooded stranger whose attacks show he’ll do anything to stop them.

I’ve just ordered a copy (it fits well with Oliver’s current interest in both time travel and dinosaurs).


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mc on April 19, 2010 - 19:27 Permalink

Would love to read Oliver’s thoughts on ABACUS. I’ve been working with Chris on the publicity of the book and with shrinking space for book reviews (particularly kids books!), I’m reaching out online to find folks willing to share their thoughts on the book. You can find some early reader reviews on the ABACUS website: www.abacusadventure.com


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Peter Rukavina on April 19, 2010 - 20:45 Permalink

Abacus arrived today. It will go immediately into the bedtime story rotation, and I’ll be sure to review myself, and from Oliver, once we’re done.