Summary (from Goodreads):
“When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is unfairly sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, she is determined to save him, even if it means using her family’s secret-and forbidden-ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man.”
This book is absolutely gorgeous. While there is a touch of the paranormal (enough so where this book would probably be shelved under “magical realism”), it mostly reads as a contemp novel.
I love the idea that you can sort of undo the horrible things that turn you into a bitter, unpleasant person. (I’m not sure how true it is, but it feels like it could be.)
This is a sweet story and Marisa de los Santos’ middlegrade debut. (I haven’t read David Teague at all.) If you’ve read her adult novels, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that the writing here is absolutely stunning.