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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It's About Time by John Carter is a delightful storybook for children. Eli and his brother, Brady, head to Florida for their summer vacation to have some fun. Eli is unaware of the fact that he is the chosen one to save the world. Eli finds himself amid an old battle between the Order of Disorder and the Keepers. As the story progresses, readers see Eli in many dangerous situations, and his adventurous journey takes readers with Eli, traveling in time as he tries to find his brother and also recover the Keys to Forever before heading home.
Switching between the past and the present, the story is exciting and has just the right doses of adventure and humor to make it an engaging read. The character of Eli is well portrayed and refreshing. He is brave, honest, adventurous and intelligent. The narration is detailed and vivid, making it easy to visualize the scenes and events in the story. The laser guns, UFOs, mind reading, dragons, fair maidens and gryphons make the plot fast paced and also give it a whimsical touch. The book caters to readers of all age groups. Along with the adventure and mystery, the author manages to weave in some humor that adds to the charm of the story. The drawings add to the mystery element of the story. The twists and the turns in the plot are interesting and they keep up the pace and movement of the story.