No Ordinary Thing

Written by G. Z. Schmidt
Review by Bonnie DeMoss

No Ordinary Thing by G. Z. Schmidt is a delightful middle-grade time-travel fantasy. It is 1999, and Adam lives at his uncle’s bakery, the Biscuit Basket, in New York City. Adam misses his parents, who passed away years earlier in a plane crash. Then a mysterious stranger visits holding a snow globe. He tells Adam that adventures await him, and that he should go up to the attic. When he does, Adam finds the snow globe, which immediately takes him to Times Square in 1935 and then later a candle factory in 1967. Adam soon realizes the people and places he is visiting are all connected, more magical objects exist, and a dark presence wants to control it all.

I adored this wonderful, enchanting, time-travel adventure. The characters are well developed, and the plot is engaging. The author’s ability to connect characters from different backgrounds and time periods will leave you spellbound. Every time-travel story has to have a means of or explanation for the time travel, and this one does it well. The snow globe is sometimes curiously blank, but then the traveler’s destination will appear without warning, and the holder will be whisked away to another time. This book is everything that fans of fantasy and time-travel could wish for. It is a magical journey that will appeal to people of all ages. It is one of those books that I will read over and over again, and I will remember fondly the first time I read it. I can’t wait to share it with others, and I sincerely hope I see this world and these characters again.