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Time Snatchers (Time Snatchers #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
A thrilling middle-grade sci-fi

Caleb's blinders are off. The small group of orphans who were also "adopted" by Uncle used to feel like family, but the competition to be the top time snatcher and the punishment for failure has gotten fierce. Time traveling to steal valuable objects can be a thrill, but with bully Frank trying to steal his snatches, his partner Abbie falli
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2012)
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Ms. Yingling
May 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Caleb works for the evil Uncle, traveling through time and stealing famous objects for wealthy customers. Based in 2061 New York City (which is now called New Bejing because of a new friendship between the US and China), Uncle has a group of orphans he sends through time, using rather vague technology, (I do like the fingernail apps) but he is unusually cruel to them if they don't complete the tasks in a timely fashion. Caleb's life is made even more difficult by the bully Frank, who shows up at ...more
Jul 26, 2016 E.A. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I won an ARC from Goodreads and I am so glad I did. I wasn't sure what to expect but the blurb talks about time traveling thieves. That has a lot of leeway. I was expecting cool technology, which includes fingernail clocks, ocular implants for night vision, and of course time machines. I am a sucker for cool technology.

Though I really enjoyed the idea of stealing things from history, I read the book because of the characters. The main character is a boy named Caleb. He is 13 and one of the best
Mar 09, 2012 Kereesa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 13-16 year olds. Mature content and violence
***A big thank you to the Goodreads First Reads program for sending me an arc copy!***

Before I begin this review, I should let you know I've been a big fan of the Artemis Fowl series for pretty much the entirety of my teenager years. (Seriously, I remember buying the first three books in paperback from Scholastic-Remember those flyers?!) And if you know anything about Artemis Fowl (Fairies+scifi elements+criminal activity=MG awesomeness), you can see why I was excited to get my hands on Time Sna
Stefanie Hasse

"Meines Wissens hat das Militär jahrelang geheime Forschungen angestellt, um Zeitreisen möglich zu machen, doch stets vergeblich. Also hatte man das Projekt namens Chronos eingestellt und geplant, alle Aufzeichnungen zu vernichten. Doch der Lastwagenfahrer des beauftragten Müllentsorgungsunternehmens deponierte sämtliche Unterlagen stattdessen in einer Lagerhalle, die er kurzfristig angemietet hatte. Nachdem der Fahrer (der zufällig einen Hochschulabschluss in Quantenphysik besaß) in zweij
Thomas Norstein
Aug 19, 2016 Thomas Norstein rated it really liked it
I decided to take a more middle-grade book from the library, and Time Snatchers caught my eye.

I've always liked the concept of time travel, and was excited to see how this book would use it. The concept of snatching items from the past was quite interesting... (Although, wouldn't you eventually run out of items to snatch?)

The main character, Caleb, is a Time Snatcher. He was trained by Uncle, a cruel man who isn't related to Caleb in any way, to travel through time and steal valuable historical
Oct 09, 2016 Nurge rated it it was amazing
I must say, this book has the best first first person narration I have read so far. The reason it sticks in my mind is the fact that combined with the vivid and realistic future setting and intriguing events, I felt that I was truly experiencing the world alongside Caleb and sharing his emotions while reacting to the unpredictable happenings. Thinking about how Caleb’s job is to steal priceless ancient artifacts by traveling through time, he’s under a cruel and severe boss, and has to deal with ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Leon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens that are interested in Time-traveling novels.
Time Snatchers is the first time-traveling novel that I've ever read and I'm tellin ya, I love it.
Although I'm not able to draw a comparison between other TT(time-traveling) novels, I was completely interested throughout the book and I finished the book within 8 hours.

Time Snatchers brings up many interesting concepts about Time-Traveling which are extremely fun to daydream about and I'd say that it has done it's job to make me want to read more TT novels. If this book has a sequel, I am defin
Feb 13, 2013 Marie-Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Durch die Zeit zu reisen, um unbezahlbare Objekte aus der Vergangenheit zu klauen, ist das Größte – solange nicht ein anderer Time Catcher versucht, einem die Beute abzujagen sowie die beste Freundin auszuspannen und der eigene Boss plant, Kinder zu kidnappen, um sein florierendes Diebesunternehmen auszubauen. Mehr als ein Grund für Caleb über Flucht nachzudenken. Bloß ist kein Ort der Welt – in Vergangenheit und Zukunft – sicher vor den Schergen des Boss’. Und Abtrünnigen droht die härteste Str ...more
First Caleb was fining doing his job. His job was to go back in time and get a object his uncle (the boss) assigned his to. Later on Frank started to steal all the objects Caleb was suppose to get. After Caleb got all the information that Frank was stealing his objects and showed it to his uncle. Finally, Caleb's uncle made Frank stop stealing Caleb's objects.

The reason why I picked this book was that Mr. Gould said to read more challenging books. So I was first looking for big books and then se
Nov 02, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
Why did I read it?

We have the awesome problem of getting a lot of new books right now (YAY!) and this had a cool cover and an interesting synposis lol.

What happened?

Apparently, items from the past are in high demand in the future, and Uncle is in the business of connecting items with buyers. The year is 2061, and Caleb is one of Uncle's time snatchers, a child he "adopted" and sends on missions into the past.

Snatching itself isn't that bad; but, Uncle is starting to threaten physical harm for fa
It's 2061, and the world has changed. China and the United States have combined forces to create an even bigger superpower. New York is now New Beijing...and the New York Yankees? Well, don't ask, you don't want to know. There's a McDonald's on the moon, population is booming, and time travel has been evilness himself, Uncle. Uncle has kidnapped five orphans to do his dirty work. Caleb, Abbie, Frank, Raoul, and Lydia are Time Snatchers. They travel back in time to snatch some item ...more
Ryan Borden
Jan 20, 2015 Ryan Borden rated it liked it
This book glued me in for sure. Time travel is such a fascinating subject, if it were to exist. Richard Ungar manages to write and publish an exceptional book that combines a group of orphans into an organization run by "Uncle" to steal objects from the past and sell them for unimaginable amounts of money. One of those orphans is Caleb. Caleb and his partner, Abbie (who he really likes) are the best snatchers. However, Frank is in line for second, more than eager to seize first place. Frank is n ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Me rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from my library. I assume they got it for promotional purposes.

The image I had of this book and what it actually was were very different. I have no idea why, but I thought that the back of this book said that a time machine appeared in Leo's room and he had to go back in time due to something to do with his grandfather. I don't know if I just made up that description, or if that's a different book, but nonetheless it was not this book.

I opened it, and I was optimistic, even tho
Zak Benson
Sep 13, 2013 Zak Benson rated it liked it
This book was written in the last three years.

Caleb is a teenage time-traveller whose job it is to travel back into the past and steal objects. He works for a company run by the power-crazed Uncle who eventually starts to kidnap children from the past to expand his empire. On a mission Caleb meets a small boy called Zach but when Zach is in danger of being kidnapped by the Uncle, Caleb has to defy all of the company rules to save Zach. But how can you escape from someone who can go anywhere, any
Jaimie Engle
Nov 10, 2013 Jaimie Engle rated it liked it
I picked up this book because someone who had looked at my book on Amazon also looked at this one. So I thought I'd give it a shot.
Overall, the writing was tight. I felt that the characters were believable and I loved the mix of sci-fi and historical events weaved together.
What I had problems with:
1) There seemed to be a lot of writing that I didn't find totally necessary. I think the book could have spent less time on some of the mundane repetitive things and more on the active events, but I'm
Jan 06, 2015 Vignesh.k rated it really liked it
In this exciting first novel 13-year-old Caleb has spent most of his life with Uncle, a cruel Fagin-like thief master who has perfected time travel and sends his child thieves into the past to steal historical treasures. At the same time Caleb is forced to deal with a mean boy named Frank who is the second best snatcher... next to him. Frank also begins hitting on Abbie who is Caleb's snatch partner for those tougher missions. Ungar keeps his tale moving with frequent jumps into the past, does a ...more
Kim McGee
Jun 07, 2012 Kim McGee rated it really liked it
Great new time travel novel for kids with an "Oliver" twist.

Time Snatchers is the perfect mix of Oliver Twist meets The Time Machine. The year is 2060 Caleb is one of a hand full of enslaved orphans that must travel back into the past to retrieve treasures for Uncle. When they are successful they are praised but when they fail in their mission Uncle is merciless and gives them violent punishments. Caleb is always looking over his shoulder for Frank who tries to out steal and trick him every chan
Aug 22, 2012 Cornmaven rated it really liked it
Criminal time travel combined with a search for belonging make for an interesting juvenile-middle school tale. With a character named Uncle channeling a Dickensian Fagin/Robin Williams' Maxwell Wallace (August Rush) controlling an empire of orphans trained to steal historically important items for well-heeled clients, Ungar has crafted a nice yarn, with enough action to satisfy adventure seeking readers. Caleb's search for a family, never having known one, is poignant and serves as a motivation ...more
Bonnie Hilligoss
Feb 12, 2015 Bonnie Hilligoss rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Time Snatchers and have started the sequel. The main characters are 13 years old, but seem a little older. 'Uncle' is not a nice person and there are a couple of scenes where he issues a punishment that made me squirm. Other than that, there is no bad language, sex, or typos. The title pretty much says it all - a man acquires orphaned or street children very young and teaches them to time jump and 'snatch' objects for paying customers. He only has 5 snatchers now, but is looking to exp ...more
Audrey Hammer
Dec 03, 2015 Audrey Hammer rated it really liked it
I picked this book off a library shelf because I needed a U author for the A-Z author challenge. Luckily it turned out to be very enjoyable.

The story is well crafted -- characters behave consistently according to the motivations they receive from circumstances and other characters. Everything is relevant. The suspense is constant, right from the beginning, even during scenes with little action. It is sprinkled with light humor throughout. Though this is aimed at middle-graders, everyone can enjo
Jun 25, 2012 Lessa rated it it was ok
The book was action packed, but the action didn't always develop the plot at all and in fact the plot seemed to develop pretty slowly for a children's book. By page 50 I was wondering what the heck the book was going to be about other than a kid who goes back in time to steal stuff and has a crush on his partner and a tiff with another boy and by page 100 I was starting to get a clearer idea of some conflict which might need a resolution. I would recommend this book for action and sci-fi lovers ...more
Wyatt Wong
The reason I chooses the book because I saw the cover and I read the the summery on the back. the plat of the book is that a boy named Caleb is part of a very unique organization. I Caleb has to go back in time go steal items the customer wants. my favorite quote from this book is 'don't worry so much about who you are' I like this quote because the message of it is amazing. The authors point of view and writing is grate because I could understand the book easily. I would recommend this book who ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Tianna rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Time Snatchers. I really liked some of the characters (the good ones!). The main character, Caleb, came across a lot of bumps in the road, but they didn't seem to cliché or juvenile. I think although the stories 2 "bad guys" were rough on Caleb, it is still a good book for a vast age group, and girls or boys. It was intense and suspenseful in the right places but never went overboard creepy like some books! I would definitely recommend this book, I really liked it!
Jan 04, 2013 Diana rated it liked it
Good action, adventure, science fantasy (yes, that is a real sub genre) for middle grade readers. The story could have been tighter and there were inconsistencies and there was more telling rather than showing in the writing, but the overall story idea was compelling and I wanted to know what happened. Again, a good book for readers around 13 years old (the age of most of the kids in the story), especially boys.
Mar 29, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this one, but I just didn't find it appealing. I felt the villains were too evil for a young adult book. They were kidnapping, torturing, and potentially murdering children. I can't quite explain why, but the plot just didn't feel focused for me. I forced myself to read through it hoping the ending would salvage it for me, but I just scanned it to see if anything interesting happened. Not really sure how the sequel is going to take off from there.
Monica Wicklund
Mar 27, 2015 Monica Wicklund rated it it was ok
Too much stress. I like stories with action and danger, but this story never allowed a break between the tragedies. The two teens were in constant danger from the evil-maniac, kidnapper "uncle" ( Who doesn't shy from cutting off a toe or two when the kids mess up their "missions".) The book had some interesting parts, but on the whole, it was just a bunch of things going wrong for the protagonists.
Jan 05, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-reads
I liked this book I just didn't love it. It took me a while to finish it as I got a little bored. I found that in the middle of the book is where I really got hooked. The ending was the best part because it gave finality to it which I enjoy. I found that it was a little bit drab though, nothing overly exciting was going on through out it. All in all a good read though :)
Oct 08, 2014 Dayton rated it liked it
Nice middle school sci-fi time travel novel. I enjoyed the way it brought in real historical events and incorporated them into the plot line of this futuristic story. It has a pretty abrupt ending, though.
Jun 28, 2012 Annalise rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!! It was so good and got so intense every single chapter just absolutely loved it!!! A great read I really recommend this book as a must to read!!!
Sep 24, 2012 Alyssa rated it liked it
The ending was a bit of a let-down. Not as good as it could have been; i felt like there were some holes in the story that could have been developed better.
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