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Book review: 'Star Passage' is a Christian, fantasy, historical fiction mash-up

Posted April 30

"STAR PASSAGE: BOOK ONE, THE RELIC" by Clark Rich Burbidge, Deep River Books, $15.99, 265 pages (f)

Martie and Tim desperately want to help their parents who are suffering through the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Christmas is fast approaching, but nothing seems right except for the shining star at the top of the tree and their family memories from years past.

When the teenagers' Christmas tree star miraculously transports them to the past, they begin to learn the character traits that will save their parents' marriage. But can Martie and Tim get back to their own time and keep the star from being stolen by shadowy figures in the past?

Clark Rich Burbidge's book "Star Passage: Book One, The Relic" is a fun middle grade read that combines time travel and historical fiction through the lens of faith. The story bounces back and forth between different genres, but its eccentricity works surprisingly well.

"Star Passage" shines most in the historical passages when the characters are in the throes of action. Present-day scenes are heavy-laden with didactic dialogue that rehash what lessons should be learned from the past's adventures.

Despite the preachy dialogue at times, the plot clips along and readers will likely be drawn in by Burbidge's story and the touching Christian messages of teamwork and faith.

The book has no sex or swearing and only minimal violence and peril, mostly associated with war. Appropriate for any audience, readers in fifth through eighth grades will likely find "Star Passage" thoroughly entertaining.

Miranda H. Lotz is an avid book lover and nature enthusiast. She blogs about her journey as a mother of a special-needs child at www.timeinthevineyard.com

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