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The Time Fetch

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock. He doesn’t know it is a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it will release its foragers too soon and alter the entire fabric of time and space. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Algonquin Young Readers (first published July 1st 2013)
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Rachel Sharpe
Summary: Edward finds a rock that he picks up and takes to school one day. Then the windows shatter. Suddenly, time seems to racing by, and no one knows where it’s going. The world literally starts to disintegrate around them. It’s up to Edward and his rag-tag team to deliver this magical rock (sorry, “fetch”) to a safe zone before time is gone forever.

Review: It took me more than two months to finish this book. That’s really all the review it needs, but I’ll expand. I devour books, and I devour
Emily Anne
Oct 15, 2013 Emily Anne rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BIG fans of MG... other than that not a lot of people :(
Warning: this review is very ramble-y.

I'm REALLY sorry, this was a DNF for me.

When I received this book I was super excited, despite the fact Middle Grade books and I have a love/hate relationship. The premise sounded so interesting! And, I am very fond of the cover. (Alert: Cover Snob coming your way...)

Anyway, the reason I stopped reading in that I felt the characters were flat... and two things just got on my nerves.

1. The main character knocks over a girl's purse because everyone knows tha
Tamara Richman
I went to sleep last night hugging this book, literally and metaphorically. As I was drifting off it occurred to me, that this book made me feel exactly like when Calvin took Meg's hand: warm, comforted and satisfied. The teens in this book felt so unbelievably real to me, I'm pretty sure I am or, more correctly, I was Edward in high school. And to have that realism come together with great fantasy/fairy tale fiction was amazing. Best I can describe The Time Fetch is a cross between A Wrinkle in ...more
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I almost put this book back. Looking back, I can hardly believe my own potential stupidity, but it's true. My Aussie roommate Hannah picked up The Time Fetchat BEA and offered it to me. I accepted, as it had been on my galleys-to-find list, but I had so many galleys already. If I was going to cull my stack, best to put back an MG right? I amprimarily a YA blogger, after all. And I wasn't so sure I liked it.

But then I started reading.
First Reads Review - The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

It's been a while since I read a young adult novel, I think. I could be wrong about that, but I found this book very enjoyable, easy to read and yet with a flourish that I appreciated, that I never really felt was talking down to me or being simplified because it wasn't written for adults. The language of the book was bold and refreshing, and the characters were fun. The story itself was a bit different, too, combining science and folklore to cre
Sarah Sammis
Rather unlikeable characters all around with a story similar (in parts) to the much better Boggart by Susan Cooper.
Aug 14, 2013 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers, Light-fluffy fantasy fans
When reviewing books I often get stuck on deciding whether to judge it as objectively as possible, or if I should take some inherent facts (intended audience, story type, etc) and let that skew my rating. In this case I've decided on the latter and have given it 3 stars.

The Time Fetch isn't particularly unique-- It borrows heavily from a lot of very common fairy tales and implements a lot of very common character types. You have the slightly cynical lazy boy, the weird girl, the shy girl, and th
Charlotte Hunter
Herrick's solid writing and appealing characters make this an initially enjoyable read, in which magic and time and youthful carelessness combine to create an unusual tale about what happens to those seconds and minutes--even hours--that most of us never notice go missing. The fetch, a small stone-like object found by Edward, is the focus of all the trouble that follows Edward's refusal to return the fetch to someone who understands it is more than a rock, and in the last quarter of the book the ...more
First of all let me preface this review by saying I really enjoyed this book. I have taught both grade seven and eight and I know that the kids at that age level would be very interested and happy to give it a go. It is reminiscent of a "Wrinkle in Time," or "When You Reach Me."

Edward, the main character, who is in grade eight, needs to find a "glacial moraine" somewhere in New York City and bring a sample to Mr. Ross's Science class as an assignment. His last minute antics leads him out the ba
Courtney Johnson
I received an advance copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. However, besides some typographical errors and a few spacing issues, I thought this book was great.

The Time Fetch sounds like kind of a silly name, but the writing was wonderful and appropriate for a YA novel. In this book, we meet a cast of four students - Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit. There are also a few important adults, namely Ed's 'crazy aunt' Kit, who believes in appeasing the old gods and celebrating the solstice
Ian Wood
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.

The audio book was very competently read by Luci Christian

I rated this novel a worthy read.


This is one of the rare occasions where I don’t start the review until after I finish the book, which means I have to review th
The Time Fetch is a book that took a while for me to get into. I found the idea of a fetch intriguing at the start of the book and then we return to modern day to follow a group of middle or high school students. Edward is the first, who is the one who ultimately dislodges the fetch, bringing it to school, thinking it is an ordinary rock for a project in science. He’s a geek boy who wants nothing more to become invisible and just blend in. Unfortunately his neighbor Feenix seems to have differen ...more
One part wrinkle in time, one part mysterious Benedict society, one part Percy Jackson, all fantastic.
Lisa Kizer
What can I say - bizarre. Okay kids find rock that somehow has control of the 4th dimension. Now others want the rock. Divided up into three parts it takes until the third part for the story to get rolling. 1st part meet the players. Edward the main character who gets lost in the middle of the story. Feenix and girl headed for trouble. Danton an athlete who just likes everyone. And Brigit who lost her voice but can hear the voice singing the song no one else can. Make sense? Nah and that is how ...more
Gail Morris
I started this book this morning; and just finished it at 3:30 this afternoon... I barely put it down to do chores and eat lunch. I found the 4 middle school friends to be very believable and you just wanted to hop into the book and help them through each of their trials. [ well as slap the bratty girls when they were behaving as most middle school tweens do.] I recommend it to anyone who likes a great adventure where the underdog/hero gets dragged kicking and scratching to the finish line.
The Time Fetch was surprisingly engrossing, drawing me in until I had read the entire thing in one sitting. The author came up with a story that was refreshingly unique, even though the reader meets stereotypical characters and may encounter difficulty mustering interest in the start of the novel. It's one of those books that requires conscious effort to get engaged in (at least for me), but I'm glad I went the extra mile because I enjoyed it.

Edward is the first character the reader encounters a
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Time Fetch by Amy Herrick is an entertaining read for those who enjoy tales of world's colliding, mayhem ensuing, and children having to band together to save the day. I love stories of this ilk and was delighted to receive an e-galley. It has some strong points, but unfortunately the weak points of the book began to overwhelm them for me.

Time Fetch is a story of the fine wall between our world and the "other" world, and what happen when
Sara Grochowski
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick features a unique premise and a diverse group of main characters. The novel follows a group of four classmates who, though they interact daily, know very little about one another. This changes after the students are tasked with bringing a rock to school for their science class. Edward, waiting to the last minute to finish the assignment, grabs the only rock he can find on his way to school, but this isn't any ordinary rock. The rock is actually a Time Fetch, the res ...more
Amanda Northrup
I was provided a review copy by NetGalley

3.5 stars
The Time Fetch is a delightful adventure if you can get past a few things dragging the story down. Let's start with the great things -

In a world brimming with middle grades and young adult fantasy novels, this one manages to be different - a truly impressive feat. The focus of this book is on a world-ending crisis brought about by magical creatures who eat time. When time no longer exists the entire world begins to vanish, ceasing to exist altoge
I seem to be on a middle grade reading kick lately. I guess I'm looking for a book that weaves a spell around me the way 'A Wrinkle in Time' or 'The Dark is Rising' did long ago. 'The Time Fetch' looked to be a good candidate as it tells the tale of a disparate group of seventh, or eighth graders, it's never specified, who are joined together to prevent the dissolution of time that their careless actions caused. I was also chuffed at it's set in Park Slope Brooklyn (I'm a sucker for books set in ...more
Amy Herrick's middle grade debut involves many classic elements, twisted around to something new. Classmates Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit barely know each other. Edward doesn't like action and prefers to keep to himself. Feenix is head mean girl. Danton is sporty. Brigit doesn't speak. But it's up to them to save the world, because they all touched the Fetch.

The Fetch is full of Foragers, who take time from our world. Since Edward picked it up, thinking it was just a pretty rock, the norma
Amy Herrick's story of a Fetch in which Foragers gather lost moments that no one will miss is clever and exciting. The book begins with the Fetch closing up and waiting quietly for the Keeper to come claim it. Before that can happen, Edward scoops it up and takes it in as part of a science assignment to bring in a rock. Feenix carries it off and that leads her into an encounter with some rather nasty witches. Danton and Brigit also get caught up in the events. The four teenagers seem an unlikely ...more
Margo Berendsen
Several other reviewers who loved this book also mention A Wrinkle in Time; not everyone will love this eccentric romp through science and folklore and fabric of space-time but apparently fans of Wrinkle will likely be fans of Fetch, too.

Any book that can playfully toss around words like discombobulated along with serious scientific terms makes me happy down to my toes.

And eccentric characters! From Edward's very odd philosophy of life (it was all dancing atoms; nothing was real) to his Aunt K
In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The story itself was fairly good with some really interesting concepts that were well written. The big problem I had with this book was the characters.

They were all one-dimensional, lacking any depth or interesting characteristics. They were also almost all unlikeable.

Firstly there was Edward, he is lazy, uncaring, sometimes mean and a loner. He had no qualities to draw me to him and plenty to push me away.

Then there was his friend Danto
First off I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. While it was an enjoyable read. I like the creativity of the story. I like the story plot. But I was a little annoyed with the author's use of "children's words". If that was you want to call it. I think she was trying to associate with the age group this book was directed to, which was middle school ages 8-12. But I don't know any kids who use some of the language. It was only in the beginning, I guess to try and grab reader' ...more
This is the type of book that I would usually devour and beg for more. I mean look at the premise, then the cover. Better yet it got a blurb from a NYT best selling author, and praises and whatnot. Unfortunately it didn't deliver for me. It fell flat and broke my middle grade enthusiastic heart into little pieces.

I don't even know where to start because I had so many issues with the book.

Let's talk plot. I failed to see one because it was all over the place. The book started out by making it a p
Gina (My Precious Blog)
A unique concept for a middle grade story written in a way both young and old alike will be able to enjoy the depth and meaning in this great fantasy story. This book is giving a whole different meaning to time flies. The characters are all from different lifestyles: Feenix, a popular snob, Danton, the school's jock, Edward, a science geek and finally Brigit, the new, quiet girl without a voice. (Yes, she actually quite talking after the tragic loss of an infant brother - crib death) Somehow the ...more
Harry Brake
Oct 15, 2013 Harry Brake rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy, young adult
Recommended to Harry by: From AASL Conference.
Having started this at the start of the school year, and being caught up in school tasks, I finally finished this on October 13th. Just as the Time Fetch drew the characters in, I found myself going back to finish this time and time again (no pun on the word time). After reading the details that the author walks each morning with her dogs, it seems easy to pick out that many of the fascinating details of parks, borders, and the solstice came from her amazing mornings on these walks. The details ...more
Have you ever felt like a day got away from you, or some habitual part of your daily routine has become so routine that you realize you've done it without thinking about it--without even having a memory of it? Little snippets of time like that, moments that are forgettable, trivial, are ripe for the plucking by the Old Folk who serve as the Keepers of Time. The secret of how these odds and ends of time get collected is contained within a seemingly inconspicuous object called a Fetch. Normally th ...more
Bish Denham
I wanted to give this book four, even five stars, because I love concept, the mixing of science and myth and I totally enjoyed the writing. It is full of wit and humor and clever description. As an example:

Danton and Brigit were standing there gazing at each other. The crowd just went around them good-naturedly as if they were some sort of natural scenic wonder that had appeared suddenly in the middle of the living room.

But I found the hopping between the four points of view to be very distracti
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Amy Herrick is the critically acclaimed author of At the Sign of the Naked Waiter and The Happiness Code. The Time Fetch, due out August 27, 2013, is her first book for young readers.

Amy lives in Brooklyn, New York. Every morning, she and her dog take a long walk in Prospect Park looking for adventure. They’ve seen and heard many wondrous things there, some of which have served as inspiration for
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