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Tunnels of Time
By author: Mary Harelkin Bishop
Selling Points: "history, adventure, time travel"
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: Sep/01/2000
Pages: 272
Fiction Ages 9-12
Price:  $7.95
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A wild looking-glass trip through time, from present-day Moose Jaw to the past of Prohibition and gangsters and the mysterous underground tunnels.

Thirteen-year-old Andrea Talbot doesn't want to go to Moose Jaw for her cousin Vanessa's wedding. She's going to miss a really cool bike trip and she's not taking it very well.

At a family dinner party in a local restaurant, Andrea agrees to look at what she thinks is just a phony tourist attraction - tunnels beneath the streets of Moose Jaw. Legend has it that in Prohibition days the tunnels sheltered crooks, maybe even the notorious Al Capone himself!

Andrea scoffs, until she has a small accident with a mirror at the tunnel entrance and wakes up in another time. Unable to return to the present, Andrea is caught up in a dangerous underground adventure. A teenage boy, Vance, finds her a job - working as a courier for the very criminals whose existence she dismissed - including their menacing leader, a man she knows only as Scarface. When she overhears information about a police raid, Andrea has to decide what to do. Should she help Scarface escape? Or should she help Vance, who is running for his life after a run-in with Scarface?

And whatever she decides, will Andrea ever get back to the present?

Mary Bishop is a teacher-librarian in the Saskatoon public school system. She is a wonderful reader of her own work and is in great demand for writing workshops to help young people begin to write their own stories. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends walking, biking and skiing.



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