Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. But then a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, and he recognizes one of the tiny riders: himself! His search for the time machine and his fate leads him to the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray—and one very famous time machine. And when Leo’s adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on!
After a time machine appears in his bedroom, a boy named Leo discovers that it is possible to rent any mystical or magical object, tool, or weapon from any science fiction novel ever written at a place called the New-York Circulating Material Repository. Seasoned narrator Johnny Heller delivers an absolutely thrilling performance of this spirited novel from Shulman. Heller's exuberance and boyhood tenacity are perfect for the role of Leo, who's imagination runs rampant and often gets him into trouble. Heller's youthful tone makes the impossible seem possible and the unlikely more than likely to happen at some point, in the spirit of Shulman's narrative. This keeps listeners on their toes as the plot shifts back and forth, through space and time, and everywhere in between. Ages 10 up. A Nancy Paulsen hardcover.