Maya joined the girl, who had looked like a young man from afar – slim, dressed in a
white armour, with cropped hair. The frail teenager seemed to be respected, and
feared, by everyone. Meet Joan of Arc, France’s most celebrated warrior. Maya sat next to the scientist. He chatted with her about his childhood. ‘I was very unhappy in school,’ he admitted. ‘I didn’t pay attention in class, so my teachers were always angry with me.’ Meet Albert Einstein, German physicist. Maya accompanies the Stone Age man on a food hunt, looks over Leonardo da Vinci’s shoulder while he paints, attends Queen Elizabeth’s court, weeps at Christopher Columbus capturing natives like animals, laughs at Shakespeare’s jokes. Her rollercoaster ride through world history leaves her a little happy … and a little sad.