Although I didn't live in Victory, Arizona, in 1938, I sure felt like I did after reading "Saving Lucas Biggs," by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague (Harper). The book's descriptions of places and the characters that lived there made me feel like I was with them during the story.
Meet Margaret O'Malley, the story's main character. Her father is sentenced to die on death row in prison and Margaret is trying to prove his innocence. A big twist in the book is that Margaret is a time traveler living in the year 2014, but she travels back to 1938 to try to change Lucas Biggs, the corrupt judge who sentenced her father to death.
Margaret is the main reason I like this book. Her life is filled with sorrow, but she tries to fill every day with happiness. Not only does she make me see the things she sees, but she also makes me feel what she is feeling. There's a lot more going on in the story than just Margaret trying to save her dad. To time-travel with Margaret and learn what she thinks about it is one of the many reasons you will want to keep turning the pages.
After hearing how Lucas turned from being a good kid to an evil man, Margaret time- travels to Victory to change Lucas and the course of events that have led to her father's wrongful sentencing. But history doesn't allow her to. After struggling for two days, Margaret must return to 2014 without preventing Lucas from becoming an awful judge. I don't want to spoil the ending. You'll have to read it for yourself, and you'll be glad you did.