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Welcome to the official website for the Luke and Jenny series of historical novels for young readers by Arizona author Gayle Martin. Luke and Jenny may seem like two ordinary kids but they're not. Time has a habit of catching up to them and sweeping them back to the past where they learn there's a whole lot more to  history then what they were taught in school. Suitable for 4th grade through adult.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral: Luke and Jenny Visit Tombstone

Luke and his sister Jenny aren’t overly excited when they first learn of their mother’s plan to take them to Tombstone, Arizona, as part of their vacation. That changes in a hurry when they are suddenly swept back to the 1880s and the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The ghost of the Grand Hotel’s handyman, a kindly gentleman by the name of Swamper, guides them through the events of that fateful time. Young readers are right there with Luke and Jenny as they learn firsthand the story of the Earp brothers and what led to the historic shootout. 

"The story made me think about who I am and who
 I want to be."

— Alex Cord, award-winning TV actor and author of A Feather in the Rain

Honorable Mention 2007 Hollywood Book Festival

Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War: 
a Luke and Jenny Adventure
As Luke and his sister Jenny resume their summer vacation their mother plans a stop at the historic town of Lincoln, New Mexico. But when a thunderstorm begins to brew Luke and Jenny realize things aren’t what they seem. Suddenly they are swept back in time and find themselves face-to-face with the notorious Billy the Kid. The ghost of Paul, a young buffalo soldier who lived over a century ago, guides them on their journey as they experience the life and times of this mysterious young outlaw. Will Billy the Kid live up to his legend?

"I would recommend Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War to anyone with an interest in the Wild West and a sense of adventure."
– Tom Lambke,  author of I Just Am...A Story of Down Syndrome Awareness and Tolerance

Finalist 2007 Indie Book Awards of Excellence

Riding with the James Gang: a Luke and Jenny Adventure

On the final night of their summer vacation Luke and Jenny decide to camp out on their great-grandmother’s porch at her Missouri farm.  But when their sweet dreams are interrupted by Kate, the ghost of a young farm girl, they once again find themselves on another journey back in time as they follow the adventures of Frank and Jesse James and their friend Cole Younger and his brothers. Young readers are right there with Luke and Jenny as Kate guides them though the Civil War and the many bank and train robberies committed by the notorious James-Younger outlaw gang.

"What a great way for people to learn history."
– Marshall Trimble, Official Arizona State Historian
and author of Arizona: a Cavalcade of History

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