Danger Boy
Danger Boy, created and written by Mark London Williams
Mark London Williams
Mark London Williams is an American author, playwright, journalist, and creator of the young adult time travel series Danger Boy.-Biography:As a journalist, Williams has written for Variety, Los Angeles Times online, Los Angeles Business Journal, Moving Pictures Magazine and others. He was...

, is a young adult
Young adult literature
Young-adult fiction or young adult literature , also juvenile fiction, is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 14 to 21. The Young Adult Library Services of the American Library Association defines a young adult as "someone between the...

 time travel
Time travel
Time travel is the concept of moving between different points in time in a manner analogous to moving between different points in space. Time travel could hypothetically involve moving backward in time to a moment earlier than the starting point, or forward to the future of that point without the...

Book series
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. Beginning in 2019, the series follows the time spanning adventures of twelve year old Eli Sands, the eponymous protagonist
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, and his companions: Clyne, a good-natured dinosaur
Dinosaurs are a diverse group of animals of the clade and superorder Dinosauria. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for over 160 million years, from the late Triassic period until the end of the Cretaceous , when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of...

 from another planet who gathers information for a school assignment, and Thea, last librarian in Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was the largest and most significant great library of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the...


Four books of the planned seven book series have been published. The first Danger Boy adventure Ancient Fire was nominated for The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction
Golden Duck Awards
The Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction have been given annually since 1992.-Categories:The categories are:* Picture Book* K- 5th Grade Reader* Middle Grades * Young Adult...

: Hal Clement Award for Young Adults.

Books in the Series

  • Ancient Fire (2001
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  • Dragon Sword (originally Dino Sword) (2001)
  • Trail of Bones (2005
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    The year 2005 in literature involved some significant events and new books.-Events:*February 25 - Canada Reads selects Rockbound by Frank Parker Day as the novel to be read across the nation....

  • City of Ruins (2007
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    The year 2007 in literature involves some significant new books.-Events:*November 19 - First Kindle e-book reader released.*December 11 - Terry Pratchett informs fans on-line that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.-Literature:...

  • Fortune's Fool (forthcoming)

Ancient Fire

In 2019 Eli Sands is a pretty typical kid. He plays Barnstormers
Barnstorm (sports)
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, 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.

Dragon Sword

On a quest to find his missing mother, 37-year-old time-traveler I. P. Freeley has seen much of the world history, that is. But in his second adventure, he can't possibly imagine the characters he will encounter: 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 small pox 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?
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