The long shadow

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader


The long shadow


Phyllis Wheeler


Elk Lake Publishing






190 pages


Richie’s life is miserable. After his parents are killed in a car accident, Richie goes to live with his Aunt Trudy who never had kids and never wanted them. So he decides to run away to the woods and escape from his aunt and her abuse. And then the adventure begins. Suddenly the summer has given way to fall and Richie finds himself having gone back fifty years.
Richie hooks up with Morris, a black man who also calls the woods his home. When he hears that Morris’ grandfather was lynched in the 1920s for a crime he did not commit, Richie is determined to go back even further in time to rescue him.
This is a fast paced story with lots of twist and turns that will keep readers turning pages right up to the end!


4 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Young adults, particularly guys, and fans of time travel

Christian impact:

Prayer is an important facet throughout the story.


   -Fact vs. fiction
The Long Shadow: A Time-Travel Journey

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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