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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
It's the year 2310 and main character Sherpa, named after the guides who help climbers to the top of Mount Everest is the daughter of Lillian, the Ruler of the Western World. In 2306, a treaty was signed that signified the End of All Wars but some dictators, like General Aveel, do not like this and time travel back to earlier times to encourage young people to make bad decisions; so ultimately the 2306 peace treaty will never be signed. Sherpa wants to be the Chancellor of Positivity in her mother's Cabinet, a position that can only be held by a young person. But Lillian says Sherpa has much to learn and must understand that people cannot be forced into positive thinking, good decisions and happiness. She takes Sherpa to the Technology Lab where scientists like gorgeous Dr. Troy Lichtenstein are working on developing HuBots, lifelike robots that can travel back in time, download information and get back to2310 quickly. Dr. Lichtenstein gives Sherpa an Instascreen which compacts to the size of a business card and an RTD, Reality Tracking Device, which will show people's energy and their intentions as glowingcolors. Sherpa prepares to travel back to the 21st century where she must find and help two young preteens who will start the chain of events that will save the world and end all wars.
Author Lori Costew’s "Sherpa's Adventure: Saving the Future" is a delightfully well-written novel for teenage readers. Main character Sherpa is believable as she goes about meeting Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart and others, learning the impact of making good decisions on one's life. 21st century pre-teens Emma Johnson and her neighbor and friend, Jose Ramirez, will entrance the reader as they try to figure out how to stop bullying and defeat General Aveel and his Hubots which are disguised as teenagers. The dialogue is appealing, the plotline flows nicely to the story's conclusion and readers of all ages will appreciate the message in "Sherpa's Adventure: Saving the Future, that good decisions make for good lives.