The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman
Hansum is a young adult facing his first “history camp”, a place where history is recreated so the new generations can appreciate mankind’s past. Hansum is not interested in playing by the rules and finds every opportunity to wreak havoc. His plans backfire when he is sent back in time to experience history for real.
This is a great premise, but I found the characters inconsistent. The futuristic world we start out in is too brief to get a sense of Hansum‘s world before he’s plunged into unfamiliar territory. On the up side, it’s got great potty humour for young readers and the lens making process is fascinating. The publisher said this: by plopping the protagonist into a world so utterly different from theirs, (Kaufman) underscores the universality of our basic human drives for a place to belong, for meaningful work and, most importantly, for love and friendship.
I give it 3/5 stars. I am looking forward the next two in the trilogy.