The Trolley to Yesterday
But all too soon the professor proves that the time trolley is real. And as the Byzantine Empire prepares for battle, the professor gathers flares and a raft, planning to save the people who flee to the Church of the Holy Wisdom from being killed or enslaved. Can Johnny and Fergie stop the professor or will he too perish in the seige?
About the Book
This is the sixth book in the Johnny Dixon series.
John’s deep interest in ancient history comes to the forefront in this book, as Priscilla Bellairs notes John, like Professor Childermass, was “fascinated with the fall of Constantinople” and had a map of the ancient city pinned to a wall in his workspace. He was also intrigued “with the burning of the library at Alexandria […and…] owned a couple of beautiful medieval missal pages."
Brewster was not originally included in the cast of The Trolley to Yesterday. Brad Strickland notes that Bellairs' editor observed that there needed to be a way for the characters to communicate with the historical figures they visit in the past; Brewster was created to be, among other things, the universal translator.
Brad Strickland, writing in 1996, said that one of book proposals sent to his editor at Dial was for The Trail of the Time Trolley, a sequel to The Trolley to Yesterday in which Johnny and Fergie would visit the future - the world of the 1990's. The idea was nixed, Strickland says, partly because Trolley wasn't one of the editor's favorite books.
Set sail with Admiral Piero Mocenigo.
The Guardian of the Sunken Palace sits and questions its underground visitors.
Can you tell me how to get to Rhegium, Italy?
You can't go back to Constantinople - so they say.