Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Time Travelers: Book One in the Gideon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
Aladdin Paperbacks (imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division)
Published: September 11, 2007
Paperback, 416 pages
This is the first book I decided to read for the Time Travel Reading Challenge. I happened to spot it last week at my local library as I was perusing the bookshelf for a book for my daughter. Instantly attracted by the book cover, I began to read it immediately. What a fantastic read! What's more, it's a clean book that I can gladly recommend to both teens and adults. Here is the book synopsis:
An encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events. While a massive police hunt gets underway to find the missing children in the 21st century - in 1763 a hardened criminal, the Tar Man, steals the anti-gravity machine and disappears into the London underworld.
Stranded in another time and forced to chase the Tar Man to his lair, Peter and Kate find a friend and guide in reformed cutpurse, Gideon Seymour. Gideon does every thing he can to help them, but will his dark past catch up with him before the machine is recovered?
The first book in a fast-paced series, The Time Travelers is a thrilling new adventure that is set in a world of highwaymen, thieves and cutpurses. As Peter and Kate explore the awesome possibilities of time travel they find themselves wondering whether it might be mankinds worst nightmare.
What I enjoyed most about this book is the time travel aspect—the way the two kids are thrown into another century and must adapt, the relationship they forge with those who come to their aid and all the adventures they live together. Peter and Kate have very different personalities and have just barely met when they are accidently transported to the past. They must now face a whole different world as they get to know one another. Also, the secondary theme in the story is their relationship with their parents which I thought was well done because although tweens are exploring independence, parents are still a great part of their lives, as it should be. Too many teen books kill off the parents. This was a refreshing change.
If you have a kid (boy or girl) who loves adventure tales, this book will definitely please. It's a fun way to learn about history and what life was like in the 18th century. I can't wait to read the second book The Time Thief, when an attempt to bring Peter and Kate back to their own time is bungled, and Peter finds himself stranded in 1763 while The Tar Man, a villainous eighteenth-century criminal, returns with Kate to twenty-first-century London.
Disclosure: This book was borrowed from my local library. I was not compensated in any way, nor told how to rate or review this product.