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Travels in Time: Minoan Crete is a historical adventure by Mary Black. Alex finds his missing grandfather’s notebook containing information about a time machine. He and his friends solve the clues and locate the time machine in the Venetian Castle. They are spied upon by Ariadne, an archaeologist who has selfish plans for the contraption. Alex’s friend accidentally presses the machine’s button and the friends and Ariadne travel four thousand years into the past of the Minoan era. They meet Radamanthys, a boy who becomes their guide. Ariadne steals the time machine, hoping to lure King Minos into her destructive scheme. The kids discover Ariadne’s deceit and attempt to retrieve the time machine, but come face to face with the dreaded Minotaur who lives in the Labyrinth.
Learning about the past in history class would have been more interesting if there were books like Travels in Time: Minoan Crete. Mary Black has written a wonderful historical fiction which I find very informative, as well as entertaining. She writes expertly, combining adventure with facts about the Minoan era and its culture. I am impressed by the colourful illustrations of this ancient civilization, and like the suspense of the story. The characters are convincing and I admire the kids' daring personalities. Travels in Time: Minoan Crete is one of the books from a series that the author has created. Children will gain knowledge about past cultures and myths, while enjoying the exciting journeys that Mary Black takes them on through her books.