Charlie is a sensitive ballplayer who just wants his parents to stop arguing in the bleachers. Adriana, the most popular cheerleader, is secretly living in a school supply closet. Thabo is a new student from Africa who is already (he hopes) dating the President's daughter. LV (don't call her Elvira!) is a feared social outcast with a dark secret. And 9-year-old Caitlin is building a space ship in her backyard.
These five seventh graders don't think they have anything in common until a stranger invites them to join a secret time-traveling society. Soon, the five new Time Keepers must learn to work together as they chase an enemy through the bloody battlefields of Gettysburg, a modern dystopian Washington, D.C., and their own increasingly dangerous school hallways.
Civil is a fantasy adventure that examines what it means to forget the past, both as a nation and as an individual. The story follows Charlie, Adriana, Thabo, LV, and Caitlin as they fight against time to restore a stolen history and rebuild a country--but it also follows each of them as they fight their own demons and try to build themselves. Because while saving the world is never easy, neither is middle school.
First 150 Words:
The girl grabbed the water spout and climbed hand over hand up to the roof. She knocked on the chimney until she found the loose brick and opened the hidden door. Squeezing into the hidden chaser pod, she set the dials and closed her eyes, sinking into the chair with the acceleration of time chasing.
When she stepped back onto the rooftop, canon fire was echoing through the night. The roof was crowded with people straining to see into the harbor, watching the arcs of fire sail toward Fort Sumter. A loud explosion lit up the sky and the girl bumped into a young woman, pushing her toward the chimney where her dress caught on fire. The woman screamed, and the girl discreetly pried the diary from her hands. While others turned to help the woman, the girl ran back to the pod.
She had other things to steal tonight.