Monday, June 20, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Time Travelers--and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Yay--time for another MMGM! I have to say, I love watching the MG Love slowly spread throughout the blogosphere every Monday. So many awesome books to be championed. And I have a fabulous one I'm featuring here today: THE  TIME TRAVELERS (Gideon Trilogy, book one) by Linda Buckley Archer.

Here's how the publisher describes it:


Gideon Seymour, thief and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine -- and Peter and Kate's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Peter, and Kate are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

I have to say--when I first picked it up, I wasn't *sure* if I would like this book. I'm not usually a huge fan of time travel books (the whole "time paradox" thing starts to hurt my brain). But I had to give it a chance because I loved the idea of two modern kids being trapped in 18th century London. And I'm so glad I did.

For one thing, the author does a great job of explaining how the time travel works and what the rules are. More than that though, it's just such an interesting story. The historical world she builds is rich and detailed. She also does an excellent job (imho) of weaving the two main plotlines: the kids, trying to find their way back to the present, and the parents trying to find a way to the past to rescue them. I never got lost or frustrated or wished she would cut back to the storyline I was most interested in.

And the characters are awesome. Both Peter and Kate are real, relatable kids. But what really impressed me was how interesting even the adult characters are. Sometimes in MG books the adults are sort of...flat, since, after all, it's the kids story. But the parents are well developed, and Gideon is an incredibly complex and fascinating character. And don't even get me started on the Tar Man. Awesome, awesome villain. They still step back and let the kids be the stars of the story, but the rich, round adult characters add a whole other level of fabulous.

As always, I'm willing to prove my love by letting one of you guys read it. I'm giving away a paperback copy to one lucky commenter on this post. To enter, simply follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, July 2nd (you guys get an extra week to enter because I'll be out of town next week). I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, June 19th. International entries--as always--are welcome.

For more fabulous Middle Grade recommendations (and contests!), check out what these awesome bloggers are featuring today:

-Natalie Aguirre has an awesome interview with Nathan Bransford about JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW--with a giveaway! Click HERE for details.

-Joanne Fritz is highlighting THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS--with a giveaway! Click HERE to read her thoughts.

-Michael Gettel-Gilmartin is featuring NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT. Click HERE to read more about it.

-Barbara Watson continues her special MMGMM summer series by spotlighting TANGO. Click HERE to see what she thinks.

-Brooke Favero is featuring the Goddess Girls series, with an interview with the authors. Click HERE to see what they have to say.

-The lovely Shannon O'Donnell (aka #2) always has fabulous MG love going on at her blog on Mondays. Click HERE to see what she has going on today.

-Pam Torres is showcasing THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. Click HERE to read her review.

-Myrna Foster tells us why we all should reread HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Click HERE to see her reasoning.

-Deb Marshall is featuring MICK HARTE WAS HERE. Click HERE to see what she thinks.

And if you've done an MMGM on your blog and would like me to link you, drop me an email and I'll update the post. 

Happy Monday!


  1. Book looks adorable! Thanks for the review. - Gina

  2. Thanks for the review and giveaway! I actually gave this book to a friend for Christmas a few years ago because it looked so good, but I've never read it myself.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  3. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway. And there are lots of good books being posted this week that I want to read.

  4. Sounds like an adventure. Thanks for spotlighting it.

  5. I love that cover. I forget what they call that style of drawing (with the obvious black outlines) but I love it!

  6. Thanks for this recommend, Shannon. It's yet another one I've been meaning to read, but just keep passing it by. I won't do that anymore. Cheers, Deb!

  7. Ever since watching 'Back to the Future' as a, hmmmm, I think it was middle school, time travel has fascinated me. This sounds like something my kids and I would enjoy sharing aloud together.

  8. I'm seeing a lot of books with time travel lately. Love it!

    Please enter me!!!

  9. This sounds really great! I'm looping up with my students this year, so I'm going to have to find completely new read aloud books. I'll definitely be looking into this one!

  10. This sounds like a great adventure read.

  11. Oh, I love time travel books! And I've always wanted to read these, but never go around to it.

    Nice review, Shannon! Count me in.

    And thanks for the linkage, as always.

  12. I love time travel books too!

    Great review, Shannon. I want to meet the Tar Man!

    Thanks for linking to Middle Grade Mafioso as well.

  13. Great review. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Sounds like a really great book.

  14. oh that looks AWESOME! Throw my name into the mix please!

  15. Sounds like something my students might like . . . would love to check it out.

  16. Thank you so much for reviewing this! I saw it at a bookstore last year while I was killing time before a movie, and by the time I got home I'd completely forgotten about it. Definitely putting it on my wish list now, before I forget again. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

  17. Thanks for the review and giveaway, Shannon! This one looks like fun!

  18. I love time travel. It always makes for a great story. Thanks!
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  19. Travelling back to 18th century London sounds like fun! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  20. That cover is awesome and the book sounds equally awesome! Thanks, #1. :-)

  21. Thanks for the review, Shannon! I love time-travel books. And sometimes I need to read a MG book just to have some fun. Last one I read was Riorden's Red Pryamid. It was a great ride.

  22. Ooooh, time tracel. One of my fav subjects. Look at all those MG links. Suh-sweet!

  23. Thanks for this giveaway!


  24. This sounds like something I would love to read. Thanks for showcasing it. :)

  25. I already own this book (and love it), but thanks for sharing it with others.

  26. I love a good time travel story! Even moreso when it's well written, which is a rarity. I may have to dive into this one once I'm done with my current book...

  27. Thanks for the review! I like time travel books :)

    magabygc at

  28. sounds awesome! thanks!

  29. I love the cover! I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  30. I've seen this book around and the cover always catches my attention in the bookstore, but yeah, I don't know what's been keeping me from reading it. Would totally love to, especially after reading your review. It sounds fun and I'm stoked that the adult characters are well-done too!

    As always, thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I'd love to play please.

    Old follower.


  32. Hi Shannon, thanks for sharing your review of the book. I like time travel stories. This one sounds like it will be fun to read. The cover is great.

  33. Looks really good-- something I would enjoy and my 11 yr old son might as well!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic
    CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

  34. Another great sounding mid-grade book (I should make a shelf on Goodreads for all the lovely MGs titles you keep sharing).

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

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