Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan by Chris Solaas

Posted January 2, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, children, Chris Solaas, Christian, fantasy, giveaway, magical realism, time travel, YA / 11 Comments

Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan book review

Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan by Chris SolaasCLUMSY STUMBLEFOOT TRIPS THROUGH TIME WITH MAGELLAN by Chris Solaas
GENRE: Middle School Fiction (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2023
PAGES: 314

Insult History and you might just BE History.

Clumsiness is Chumley Stumblefoot’s superpower. So much so, in fact, that everyone just calls him CLUMSY. But when he trips up and insults HISTORY in front of his teacher, he has no idea the crazy old man is going to send him FIVE HUNDRED YEARS back in time to get an education on it.

NOW, Clumsy must travel around the world with Ferdinand Magellan, and figure out how to get back home in one piece. WITHOUT messing up his own timeline.

Do you have a middle schooler who thinks history is boring? Well they may think twice about saying that in front of their teacher after they read Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan by Chris Salaas. Then again, maybe they won’t think it’s so boring anymore after watching some harrowing history unfold on the pages with Clumsy and his fellow time trippers.

Middle schoolers as well as advanced elementary readers and young teens will enjoy the humor in this book, particularly in the first person narration that perfectly captures the gawky sarcasm of a seventh grader… and especially a seventh grader who has turned tripping over his own feet into a lifestyle. In fact it was the hilarity of the narration/writing voice that made me want to keep reading after I previewed the first chapter on Amazon. The time travel plot and the side characters who go along for the ride creatively add to the ‘just trying to survive my first day at a new school’ tension for poor Clumsy, and I admired the character growth in our main protagonist as well as the two main supporting players. (I mean… when your parents saddle you with a name like Chumley Stumblefoot AND you are inherently klutzy… surviving middle school is set to an advanced level anyway. Throw in time travel and Chumley is a real hero!)

Bottom Line: Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan by Chris Solaas combines wit, history, and fantasy to deliver an adventure that middle school readers will find both entertaining and educational. I snickered out loud more than once and found Clumsy to be an endearingly likable protagonist, imagining my nephews’ reactions if I read this out loud with them – and they are much younger than the middle school demographic. There are a couple of subplots in addition to the time-travel element that add more layers to the mix, and the way the book ends has me hoping there will be a second book too. It’s exceptionally well-researched and my only complaint is that parts of it get a bit bogged down in historical details for me. Would a middle schooler see it that way? Likely not, as they would probably be more caught up in the adventure of it all. A fun way to teach kids about a not-often talked about period of history!

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read via Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

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Chris Solaas

Chris Solaas was born in Memphis, TN a half-century ago, the fourth child in a happy Norwegian/Italian family. He began writing stories at the tender age of 8. He was sure he was going to be a science fiction/fantasy novelist. He graduated from the University of Memphis in Electrical Engineering, and began a career in Computer Programming. Things don’t always work out the way you plan… He still lives in the Greater Memphis area with a wonderful wife, four ADD children, and a bi-eyed snow-white monster dog that eats trees.

Somewhere in this mess, God took hold of him and shook him. Sort of like a terrier with a rat. Or a dad with His son. “What are you doing with the time and talent I gave you?”
“Uhhh… nuffin!” he said brightly. Since then, he’s been making up for lost time, writing songs and books for the glory of the King. His passion is writing entertaining fantasy and Science Fiction stories with a Christian Worldview for kids like his four greatest fans.

You can visit his Author Website for news, contact information, and other cool stuff at

Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan giveaway

Chris Solaas is offering a signed, print copy of Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time With Magellan to one of my readers! (continental US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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11 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Clumsy Stumblefoot Trips Through Time with Magellan by Chris Solaas

  1. Darlene Owen

    I would love to win this book as I love to read books for teenagers as I love to pass them on to my granddaughter, she has just started reading.

  2. YES! I’m crossing my fingers to win this book. I’m always on the prowl for witty, good books that I can read with my grandson who skips books and veggies. I’m a relatively new follower of this blog, and it seems like romance or cozy mystery books dominate the reviews. I’m very excited to see this review outside those genres. Thank you, Meezecarrie

  3. Miri Crosson

    My daughter loves time travel books — she’s read all of the Magic Tree House and I Survived… series. Always looking for things she’d like to read.

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