Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles #1) by Rashad Jennings | Juvenile Fiction Review

Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles #1) by Rashad Jennings

The Coin Slot Chronicles #1
Rashad Jennings
Juvenile Fiction

Eleven-year-old Arcade Livingston has a problem. Two of them, actually.

The Tolley twins: bully brothers who are making Arcade's move to a new city and fitting in at his new school even harder. They expect him to do their research papers for the fifth-grade career expo's theme: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Trouble is, Arcade doesn't even know his own answer to that question.

Then at the library, Arcade's favortie sanctuary, a mysterious woman gives him a golden arcade token necklace that grants him a unique gift. A gift that allows him to time travel to different points in history and even into his own future--from standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the dugout with Babe Ruth to hanging on for dear life on the back of a bucking bull. Together with his sister, Zoe, and a small circle of friends, Arcade has a whole new set of problems on his hands. And an even bigger mystery to solve. 

The question for Arcade is no longer, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" It's, "Who is the rightful owner of the magic Triple T Token . . . and where will we end up next?

My Thoughts

If you have a middle-grade reader that also happens to be a boy then you need to take a look at this book. Arcade and the Triple T Token has a lot to offer for the reader. Arcade Livingston has just moved to a new town and is starting a new school so obviously the story deals with what it is like to be the new kid. It deals with bullying and some creative ways to handle it. It has a bit of time-travel which adds to the excitement. And it also has an element of mystery. What else could you want?

This story is well-written and as an adult I thought the pace moved along quite well. I think it will easily hold the attention of a young reader. It definitely has the slant of appealing to the boys but I think girls would enjoy the story too. 

My favorite part is that of Arcade Livingston himself. He's a bit on the nerdy side (he loves the library for heavens sake!) but somehow he makes being a nerd cool. One of the biggest take aways for the story is to learn to be comfortable with who you are. I think that's such an important lesson especially at this age.

I'm looking forward to the future books in this series. I think the second installment comes out in September 2019 so you don't have too long to wait. 

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I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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