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To Infinity and Beyond: A Time Travel
The already chaotic beginning to this new year has us wanting to revisit past
(or future) ones. Fortunately, the protagonists in these books are
happy to bring us along as they travel to ancient Egypt, post-war
Europe, and times yet to be seen.
--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor
Nick of Time. St.
Martin’s, 2008. Gr. 5-8
Swashbuckling adventure and plucky heroes abound in this
action-packed novel that has twelve-year-old Nick fighting both Nazis
and pirates as he travels through time by way of Leonardo da Vinci’s
four-hundred-year-old time machine. (BCCB 9/08)
- Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution. Delacorte, 2010.
In this touching exploration of grief and memory, Andi,
staying with her father in Paris after her brother’s death, finds the
diary of one of the French Revolution’s victims and becomes obsessed
with the two-hundred-year-old tragedy. (BCCB 11/10)
- Etchemendy, Nancy. The Power of Un. Front
Street/Cricket Books, 2000. Gr. 4-8
Middle-schooler Gib Finney gets the chance to undo the
series of events that left his little sister comatose in this
age-appropriate look at time, philosophy, and ultimately love. (BCCB
- Hearn, Julie. Sign of the Raven. Athenuem, 2005.
When twelve-year-old Tom returns to his grandmother’s old
house, he finds himself drawn into the seedy side of Victorian London
after discovering a time gap and a strange changeling child in the
basement. (BCCB 12/05)
- Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Found. Simon and Schuster, 2008.
Thirteen years after they were found on an apparently
abandoned plane as babies, friends Jonah and Chip finally uncover the
secret of their identities in this compelling thriller replete with
shadowy agents, mysterious letters, and startling twists. (BCCB 5/08)
- Humphreys, Chris. The Fetch. Knopf, 2006. Gr. 6-9
In this first installment of the Runestone Saga series, an
ordinary teen boy discovers a set of runes and a magical guidebook that
allow him to send his spirit traveling through time, an ability that,
while exciting at first, soon turns deadly. (BCCB 10/06)
- Jeapes, Ben. Tim’s Chariot. David Fickling
Books, 2008. Gr. 9-12
This sprawling work of speculative fiction tracks corruption
to the highest levels in the world of Home Time, a futuristic earth
that is populated by 20 billion people and said to be free of crime and
injury — a claim that loose cannon security operative Rico Garron soon
learns is simply not true. (BCCB 9/08)
- Nelson, Peter. Herbert’s Wormhole. HarperCollins,
2009. Gr. 4-6
Wacky humor meets science fiction when brainiac Herbert manages to
transport both himself and his neighbor one hundred years into the
future, where their video game skills come in handy against squid-like
aliens. (BCCB 11/09)
- Prevost, Guillame. The Book of Time. Levine, 2007. Gr.
When a strange statue sends fourteen-year-old Sam hurtling
through time, he learns that his oft absent father is imprisoned by
none other than Vlad the Impaler in this quick paced thriller. (BCCB
- Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. Lamb, 2009. Gr.
What begins as a middle-school novel about a failing
friendship turns into a mind-boggling mystery when sixth grader Miranda
begins to receive alarmingly strange notes that seem to correctly
predict the future and indicate that her former best friend is in grave
danger. (BCCB 9/09)
- Weston, Martha. The Dinosaurs Meets Dr. Clock.
Holiday House, 2002. Gr. 1-2
Sly visual humor and the perpetual appeal of those great
prehistoric lizards make this picture book about Dr. Clock’s B.C.E.
misadventures a sure hit with young readers. (BCCB 4/02)
- Winterson, Jeanette. Tanglewreck. Bloomsbury, 2006. Gr.
Time has gone awry when wooly mammoths show up on the Thames
and a school bus is transported to ancient Egypt and it is up to
eleven-year-old Silver to put a stop to it by finding the elusive
Timekeeper in this breathtaking page-turner. (BCCB 10/06)
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