John can t help that his last name is Brown or that he is a farmer It s not his fault that his only shoes are work boots, and that his wardrobe consists of overalls and thin T shirts Even if Father and Mother are strict and detached, at least he has his eleven sisters and Widow McNeally on his side He thought he was okay with it all, really However, something made him trip that bully of a classmate at the museum, making him number one on the goon s hit list During the ensuing hunt, those blasted boots caused him to break a priceless statue, freeing a girl named Diana, who had been trapped in stone for centuries His choices from that moment forward turn his life upside down Should he have turned Diana over to the authorities instead of sneaking her home and hiding her in the loft of his barn Maybe Should he have told his parents instead of Widow McNeally and two of his sisters Possibly Should he have run the other way when Diana showed him the things she can do with her mind and the amulet of crystals around her neck No one would blame him if he did Instead, he allows himself to be pulled deeper and deeper into Diana s world, doing crazy things like breaking into an insane asylum, traveling through waterfalls, confronting a Fourteenth Century warrior, battling an old hag, and, worst of all, lying to his parents That s a lot to deal with for a sheltered fourteen year old farm boy Travel with John and Diana and a diverse cast of characters through an adventure of discovery, loss, and rebirth as friendships are forged and old debts are revisited in this tale where mind over matter has a whole new meaning I really enjoyed this book I am a fan of sci fi and I know from experience that finding good sci fi for younger readers is not easy Also happy to knowis to come. This is a fun bookI really enjoyed reading this book I guess it is science fiction because, as Diana says, It is science, not magic I loved the science behind it Highly recommend I though this book was great very creative with scientific details on the powers the kids had also being from Pittsburgh it was neat reading a story that takes place where I am from A wonderfully well written book that is great for all ages to read I enjoyed reading all about John Brown this had my wondering a bit but i loved reading it A must read for book lovers everywhere. I definitely recommend this book Both my 12 year old son and I read it and we both found it to be an enjoyable and compelling story I really liked the characters Mrs McNeally was my favorite The adventure and sci fi are interesting and I found myself wrapped up in the story The book was clean in that the worst words used were crap as in oh crap , used twice and bastards used once They re bastards, all of them The themes were conservative, meaning controversial topics were n I definitely recommend this book Both my 12 year old son and I read it and we both found it to be an enjoyable and compelling story I really liked the characters Mrs McNeally was my favorite The adventure and sci fi are interesting and I found myself wrapped up in the story The book was clean in that the worst words used were crap as in oh crap , used twice and bastards used once They re bastards, all of them The themes were conservative, meaning controversial topics were not referenced It is a safe read for younger, sensitive readers like my son , and the strong characters and storyline make it an excellent books for adults I have difficulty finding books for my son that I enjoy as well, and this one is now at the top of my list I can t wait for book 2