Danger Boy, created and written by Mark London Williams, is a young adult time travel series. Beginning in 2019, the series follows the time spanning adventures of twelve-year-old Eli Sands, the eponymous protagonist, and his companions: Clyne, a good-natured dinosaur from another planet who gathers information for a school assignment, and Thea, last librarian in Alexandria.
Four books have so far been published. A fifth and presumably final book, "Fortune's Fool," has been finished, but due to publishing biz changes, has yet to be released.
The first Danger Boy adventure Ancient Fire was nominated for The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction: Hal Clement Award for Young Adults. When Candlewick Press repressed the first two Danger Boy novels in 2004: Ancient Fire and Dragon Sword, they commissioned Michael Koelsch to illustrate new cover artworks. Williams liked Koelsch's illustrations so much that he asked him to do the cover artworks for his next two Danger Boy novels: 2005's Trail of Bones and 2007's City of Ruins.
Books in the Series
- Ancient Fire (2001)
- Dragon Sword (originally Dino Sword) (2001)
- Trail of Bones (2005)
- City of Ruins (2007)
- Fortune's Fool (forthcoming)
In 2019 Eli Sands is a pretty typical kid. He plays Barnstormers, collects baseball 'grams, and spends most of his free time with his vidpad. So what's he doing in the middle of a burning city in ancient Egypt? Standing next to a highly evolved dinosaur from another planet? It all has to do with DARPA and the timesphere experiments.
After the first "accident," Eli's mother disappears. After the second, Eli earns the corny codename "Danger Boy." Now it's his mission to save his world and his family from a fatal disease that has slipped through time.
Eli Sands is on a quest to find his missing mother. In his second adventure he encounter characters like: vile Hitler Youth, Joe DiMaggio, even the wizard Merlin! Once again, he is luckily joined and aided by Clyne and Thea, the unlikely pair of accidental adventurers Eli befriended during his first navigation of the Fifth Dimension. This time Eli may have found his mom, but can he bring her home and save the free world from tyrannical rule?
Second in a thrilling middle-grade series that mixes a hint of the X-Files, a dash of Discovery Channel, and a good dose of solid action adventure.
Original cover illustration by the creators of the award-winning Promethea comic-book series.
Trail of Bones
Fresh from a dangerous time-traveling mission, Eli Sands and his friends Clyne, the evolved dinosaur, and Thea, the scholar from Alexandria, are thrown into nineteenth-century America after an accident with their time-travel vessel. Unfortunately, Clyne is stranded alone in potentially hostile territory, while Thea and Eli pop up at the beginning of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition. After Thea is mistaken for an escaped slave and taken into custody, Eli joins Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery in hopes of finding Clyne, a means to rescue Thea, and transportation home. While trying to escape and regroup, Eli and his friends make important discoveries about their "accidental" stumble into 1804. It looks like they were lured by a Prime Nexus, which they may have caused, and which will surely change all of history to come.
Danger Boy and his time-traveling companions are in for some shocking surprises when they meet up with an earlier expedition—the historical journey of Lewis and Clark.
City of Ruins
After another close call, the good news is that Eli Sands, aka Danger Boy, is back in San Francisco in 2020. The bad news is that Eli and his friends, Clyne the evolved dinosaur and Thea the Alexandrian scholar, are being held captive by the government agency DARPA. Since their last foray into the Fifth Dimension, it seems history has been unraveling everywhere, and the deadly smallpox virus is spreading fast. DARPA's plan is for Eli to visit ancient Jerusalem. But Eli and crew discover that the city is in ruins from a Babylonian invasion, and soon an angry mob is ready to stone them. Will Danger Boy and his friends find their way home again?
- Sims, Tony (31 May 2012). "GeekDad Interview With Danger Boy Author, Mark London Williams". Wired. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
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