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The Book of Time (Book of Time #1)

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Scholastic introduces the next name in YA adventure: Guillaume Prevost, whose Book of Time trilogy is one part DA VINCI CODE, one part DRACULA, one part THE TIME-TRAVELER'S WIFE, and all thrilling.

A statue; a coin; an old book. They look as dusty as everything else in the Faulkner Antiquarian Bookstore, where 14-year-old Sam Faulkner seeks his father, who's been missing fo
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 2006)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

This isn't the first time Sam's dad has disappeared. According to Sam's grandparents, Allan Faulkner was always an odd kid, but he pretty much settled down when he married Sam's mom. In the three years since Sam's mom died, Allan seems to have reverted back to his own little world. One that sometimes involves him disappearing for days at a time. Never for ten days in a row though, and he's NEVER forgotten Sam's birthday. Sam's pretty sure there's m
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
All I could think of as I was reading this book was that it would make a great BBC children's mini-series. The uncontrollable nature of the time jumps reminded me of early "Doctor Who" episodes, where you never knew when and where the TARDIS was going to take you. The translation from the French was very well done, which might be accounted for by the fact that the story was action-based rather than based on abstracts, which are more difficult to translate. I'm pleased to see that there are seque ...more
Nate Fuller
This book is a story about a boy named Sam Faulkner who finds a way to travel trough time when he goes looking for his missing father. The way to travel is a strange stone statue with an image of the sun with six rays carved into it. The way to activate the statue is to place a coin with a hole in the middle in the sun carving, and the statue takes you to another time period and area in the world. There's only one snag; you can't control the time period or place you go to. When Sam activates th ...more
Tami
Sam Faulkner turns fourteen at the beginning of The Book of Time. His father has disappeared almost two weeks previously and hasn’t been heard from. We find out that although Sam’s father does have a history of disappearing–it’s only for a few days at the most; he’s never been gone this long before. Sam’s mother was killed in a car accident three years earlier, so due to the length of his father’s absence Sam is staying with his grandparents.

Understandably preoccupied with worry about his father
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Jovy
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Ellen
First, let me say that I am big fan of the time travel sub-genre. I wanted to like this book. All the ingredients were there: an ingenious way to travel, intreguing destinations, even a way to connect with the present time... but the whole time I was reading, it felt like something was missing from both the characters and the plot. I couldn't put my finger on it. Nothing seemed to join the destinations together and I never got a clear picture of the individual characters in my head. Why did they ...more
Sam Seidner
“The Book of Time” is a curious book that starts off with a bang. Within the first couple of chapters of the book, one of the main problems has already arisen. Luckily, Guillaume Prévost isn’t afraid to open with some action. In the very beginning, the main character, Sam’s dad is already missing. This is not an uncommon occurrence since the time that his mom died, but this time is different. It has been several days longer than usual and Sam has a strange feeling about it. When looking for his ...more
Samy K.
The Book of Time is an interesting book. I really liked it, and you would too if you liked books on time travel. My favorite part of this book was the starting when Sam goes to Egypt because I have knowledge on Egypt and I got to learn more about it. The part when Sam comes back home the first time was my "Ah Ha" moment because I realized that Sam's dad was in Vlad Tepes's time, and Sam finally learns how the Book of Time actually works. The most supporting character for Sam in this story was Li ...more
Elizabeth
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Tara
Another book that was very enjoyable to listen to. Sam Faulkner goes back in time, but unlike some time travel books, you get to see him go to several times and countries- not just one per book. The reader did a great job going between different accents, which made it more realistic- as realist. As a time travel book can be.
Jared
Oct 06, 2010 Jared rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
The Book of Time and The Gate of Days by Guillaume Prevost were a recommendations/request from my cousin Stacie. I picked these up from the library and a short time later had both of them finished. These are both easy reads geared towards the pre-teen/teenage audience. The stories center around Sam and his cousin Lilly and their adventures in time-travel. I thought the stories were a little predictable in some respects as far as I knew what was happening and the characters had no clue until much ...more
Christina
Ich habe am Anfang gedacht, ob das Buch wohl Ähnlichkeit mit der Tintenwelt-Trilogie hat. Allein der erste Satz der amazon’schen Kurzbeschreibung erinnert daran. Auch in der Tintenwelt lieben unsere Protagonisten Mo und Meggie Bücher und sie leben ja auch gefährlich. Wer die Bücher kennt, weiß, was ich meine. Wer sie nicht kennt, sollte sie schnell lesen ;-).
Zu Beginn des Buch war ich noch sehr unentschlossen, was ich von der Geschichte halten soll. Eins sei gesagt: Es gibt keine Ähnlichkeit mit
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Chris
I can see where this book might have a lot of appeal for 9-11 year olds. but I was very disappointed in it. 14-year-old Sam has lost his mother to a car accident (why do so many kids books have to kill off a parent?) and his father has disappeared. Sam discovers what turns out to be a time travel machine in the basement of his father's book store and soon he's popping up in 9th century Ireland, Verdun during WWI and 15th century Belgium. He's convinced his father is lost in time - held captive b ...more
Hannahj

this is my favorite book of ALL TIME <---see what i did there!!!!

Guillaume Prevost
takes her main character in this book, Sam, a judo
silent kid, into a whirl of events and misfortunes..

so, sam's life, is a bit edgy. His mother has died in a car crash apparently while Sam was getting some surgery...
he was living in the beautiful world of Bel View with his father and mother. He was sent to go live with his grandparents who lived
in one of the most boring neighborhood's of ALL TIME right after
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Jennifer Marie
I have a hard time finding good time travel books. I’ve read my fair share, but I can’t name a single time travel book that I love. I think in part I am overly critical when it comes to time travel books since it’s what I write. The couple that I will say I enjoyed are not new books. Another Shore by Nancy Bond written and 1988 and Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer written in 1969. That said, I did enjoy this book overall. It had plenty of problems. The set up was (long winded but) presente ...more
Doug
The Book of Time
Guillaume Prevost
2007
Science Fiction

The Book of Time is about a boy named Sam Faulkner who is in the seventh grade. Sam is tall, has messy hair and is very smart. During the story, Sam is having trouble getting through the school year. He is very distracted by a girl named Alicia Todds. Sam’s says he had never been the same since his mother died in a car crash. There is one more problem, Sam’s father hasn’t been seen by anyone in about 10 days. Sam goes to the book store that hi
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O1NashJ Johnson
the book of time

by:Guillaume Prevost

This book starts out with a boy named Sam. He lives with his grandma and grandpa. Sam has a cousin named lily that he is all was with. So, one-day Sam’s dad disappears so Sam is trying to find his dad. So Sam goes to his family’s book store to find is dad so Sam goes in the book store’s basement and finds a door that has a stone statue that has a place for a coin. Then he found a coin with a hole in the middle so he tried to put the coin on the statue and he
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Becky B
I picked up and finished The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost this weekend. As his name might give you a clue, the author is French. The book was actually originally written in French and this is a translation for English audiences. The translation was actually very well done. There were only 1-2 times when I could tell it was a translation – mostly when the teenage boy says he is going to the “gymnasium” for judo…which felt awkward since most of the rest of the book sounded like a normal North ...more
Darlene
Book 45 Bibliographic Citation:
Prévost, G. (2007). The book of time. New York, NY: A. A. Levine Books.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 10-14, Grades 5–8)

Summary:
Looking for his missing father, 14 year-old Sam Faulkner is taken on the surprise journey of his life when he slips a coin into a statue. Landing in medieval times on the island of Iona, Sam seeks to return home, only to end up in the earlier times of World War I, ancient Egypt, and a castle that belonged to none other than Dracula. Will Sam ever
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Coreena
Fourteen year old Sam has had his share of troubles: his mother was killed in a car accident several years ago, they moved from their familiar neighbourhood to a strange and lonely part of town for Sam's dad to open a rare used book store, his father has fallen into a depression and goes on sudden "business trips" so Sam has to live with his grandparents, and the class bully wants to beat him up. However, Sam's father has disappeared for 10 days with no word, even missing Sam's birthday, so Sam ...more
 Marla
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Gphatty
This is a well-reviewed children's fantasy, originally in French, and an international best seller. It is a fantastical time travel journey, where Sam, the protagonist, hunts for his father, whom he discovers is lost in the past somewhere.

His father, a bookseller, has been using a stone in the basement of his store to visit the past, and to bring back rare books that can be sold. When he goes missing for several days, Sam discovers his father's secret by accidentally transporting himself to a mo
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Jennifer
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Tiffany
I debated between 3 and 4 stars and decided to ask the niece. She liked it a lot and ultimately gave it the 4. The book was pretty interesting with some interesting history lessons. I would have loved to see some of the adventures expanded further. The last few chapters were really great and brought the book to its peak. It is a slight cliffhanger, so you will ultimately want to see where book 2 will take you.

If you like books with history and time travel it is a book you will enjoy.
Harshita Bhatnagar
Jul 26, 2014 Harshita Bhatnagar rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Children , Teens
Recommended to Harshita by: School library
Shelves: fiction, history
Enjoyable read as our teen hero travels back and forth in time only to discover that one of his loved one is stuck somewhere in the past.
Provides a glance into the history of this world over several time periods and continents.
This is the first part of the 3 book series.
Calvin
Ever since Sam Faulkner's mom died in a car accident three years earlier Sam's dad hasn't been the same. It's not unusual for Allan to disappear for several days at a time but when his absence grows more lengthy and he misses his son's birthday Sam starts to poke around in the basement of his dad's dilapidated bookstore for clues to his father's whereabouts. There, he finds a strange statue and an old coin. By placing the coin in the center of the statue, he is transported to Vikingera Scotland. ...more
Jessica
I thought The Book Of Time was an interesting book. If you don't like history, its starts out a little slow, but towards the middle it gets really good so I do recommend it to others. It's about a boy named Sam Faulkner discovering a time machine while looking for his father who always seems to disappear. In the middle it starts picking up because he understands that everything that has happened to him connects to his father. After going back in time to three different places he realizes that so ...more
Michele Willet
I had a hard time finishing this book. I thought the storyline was weak and the 'adventures' were predictable and unrealistic. I know it is meant as a time-travel story and so some parts obviously aren't real, but it was too far fetched for me.
Helen Mastico
I really enjoyed this. Anyone who is a fan of the early nineties show "Quantum Leap" will see a familiar pattern as Sam leaps from place to place fixing things (though with little say in the matter). It is a translation so that might have broken some of the lyrical flow, or perhaps it was intended to be abrupt in places. I did zoom through because I wanted to know what was going on. Not an especially complex read, there are definitely kids this will appeal to. The ones who are looking for a good ...more
Somona
Author: Guillaume Prévost
Publisher: Scholastic Us
Genre: Partner Email Book
Summary: The story revolves around Sam and his adventures after he discovers a statue/coin in his missing father’s bookstore. Mixed in with the events of the story, we learn about Sam’s grief over his mother’s death, the lost of his friendship with Alicia, and conflict with Monk, a neighbor bully.
Response: I had a really hard time getting into this book. It just didn’t capture my interest. I’m not sure why, as I’m a fan o
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Guillaume Prevost is a history teacher and an acclaimed writer of historical thrillers. THE BOOK OF TIME is his first book for children. He lives near Versailles, France.
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