Published by Avon on November 1st 1988
This fantastic romp by the author of The Hunky-Dory Dairy features Dawn and Marcus, who travel in time in a magic moving van in order to alter the course of their crotchety uncle's life.
I read this book a million years ago when I was mostly just a 9pmBookGirl. I remember loving it, so I actually bought it just to re-read for October’s readathon. Seemed like a good idea at the time…
Shadow On The Dial by Anne Lindbergh
The book hasn’t aged so well, but I still love the idea behind the book. Dawn and Marcus are forced to spend a summer with Great Uncle Doo in his crappy Florida apartment while their parents go on a good vacation. Dawn is a bit of an idiot, and Marcus is supposed to be smart for his age although I’m not buying that. Just because you state that it doesn’t make it true. Somehow the kids get involved with a Time Traveling bald dude and end up going back in time to help Uncle Doo find happiness- which involves playing a flute. No, I am not making this up. Hi-jinks ensue. The dynamic duo have to keep going back in time (and also in the future) to fix the mistakes they continuously make. But in doing so they find happiness for their uncle and realize they have a lot of work ahead of them to change the dismal outlook of their own future. Plus Marcus and Dawn learn to get along!
Would I recommend this book to you, faithful reader? Probably not. For me it has sentimental value, and I’d probably enjoy sharing it with my younger nieces and nephews.
Midnight Book Rating (mostly based on nostalgia):
***I will be traveling back to Oklahoma starting this evening. My father in law passed away unexpectedly. He will be greatly missed.***