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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Thomas ‘Pigeon Pete’ Turner is almost an average 16-year-old, at least until he accidentally steals a time travel machine from the Pentagon in The Pigeon Chronicles by Stephen Torelli. The nickname is the result of Tom’s love of racing pigeons with his grandfather, Pete Costa, and eventually changes to ‘Little Pete.’ While at a picnic event on Pentagon grounds, Pete spies what he thinks is his grandfather’s flock of pigeons and, when he investigates, he falls into a secret bunker, right into the time machine. Thinking he would like to take advantage of it to follow through on another activity he would love to do, playing billiards with George Washington, Pete flies to 1748. In this time period, Pete encounters Nate Teach, the son of the famous pirate, Blackbeard, a beautiful girl, plenty of scoundrels, and a whole host of intriguing characters. The really strange part, though, is that he recognizes a bird which is able to carry letters through time. Returning home after spending some time in the Colonial era, Pete realizes that he loves Mima and wants to live within that period. Pete finds that you can’t always get what you want, but the important lesson is that souls are forever.
The Pigeon Chronicles is so much more than a historical era novel and well worth reading for all of the wonderful things Stephen Torelli has imbued it with. It is a coming of age book as Pete comes to terms with being the kind of person he wants to be. It is also a romance as he and Mima fall in love, but are separated by circumstances. There is also plenty of action and adventure as Pete confronts the land-bound pirate, as well as local bullies who steal and rough up people to get what they want. But most of all, The Pigeon Chronicles is all about love and the spirituality spanning lifetimes of those bound by strong emotions. Throw in the science fiction of time travel machines and modern spy elements and there is something for everyone. An uplifting novel, The Pigeon Chronicles by Stephen Torelli will warm your heart and should be read more than once for all the gems of wisdom shared by a number of the characters. A truly thought-provoking book filled with hope.