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The Trap Door
Lisa McMann
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The Trap Door (Infinity Ring #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,156 ratings  ·  71 reviews
The multi-platform adventure through time continues! Dak, Sera, and Riq return to the United States and walk immediately into a deadly trap. The year is 1850, and the nation is divided over the issue of slavery. In these dark days, the Underground Railroad provides a light of hope, helping runaway slaves escape to freedom. But the SQ has taken control of the Underground Ra...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Scholastic Us
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Markedly better than its predecessors. It reached some emotional heights that I didn't expect, though it's a little more of a hit-and-miss game, meaning that some of the emotional moments were awkward rather than sensitive.

Plotting is still contrived and convenient as usual. Obstacles appear often for no reason other than to create a false sense of tension to distract the reader from the fact that some of the things going on don't actually forward the story in any way. The villains will usually...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
McMann, Lisa. The Trap Door. New York: Scholastic, 2013. Print.

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The Infinity Ring series is the multi-platform book series follow up to The 39 Clues. The Infinity Ring series tells the story through an online game and a series of 7 books. In The Trap Door Dak, Riq and Sera are in 1850. Their mission is to fix history. There are breaks all over history and they need to fix them and set things right. They transport to 1850, but unfortunately in this bro...more
The story was ok, but there were some things that bothered me. It didn't make sense that they could use the flashlight feature of a cell phone under water - wouldn't the phone be broken when it got wet? Also, I was fine when they didn't change the language of the people in the past - I didn't really expect them to try to match the language of all the times and you could sort of rationalize that their translators fixed that. But it irritated me that they had one set of people talk differently in...more
Summary (*SPOILER ALERT*):

Dak, Sera & Riq are time travelers, or Hystorians, that are time traveling to different eras to fix historical events that never should've happened. In this book, they are are in the 1800's to help the slaves and abolitionists win the war against slavery and stop slavery. But Riq accidentally meets his ancestors who are slaves being abused, and now Riq is determined to help his ancestors escape and give them freedom. So Riq has no choice but to split up with Dak and...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at yAdult Review.

I immediately liked this one better than the last one, maybe because I love Lisa McMann so much, I don't know. I have graduated from disliking to full-on hating Dak though, so maybe that's a bad thing. He has no sense of responsibility, which makes it seem even sillier that a bunch of preteens are saving the world. Kid needs to be sent home. Plot-wise, this (slavery) is a tough subject, because racism is still so rife in our society, no matter what the media...more
Ms. Yingling
Dak, Sera and Riq have just escaped their last adventure and are ready to address the next Break. This lands them in the US in 1850, and when they seek shelter in what appears to be a Quaker household, they find that SQ has infiltrated many of the safe houses of the Underground Railroad, and slaves everywhere are in danger. Riq is assumed to be a slave and taken to be auctioned off with Kissy and her baby and young son James. Sera and Dak locate another Hystorian, and try to figure out what need...more
I think several reviewers are just too hard on this book. Yes, the topic of slavery is a somber one, but I think the author is trying to be mindful of her elementary school audience. The characters' reactions are quite in line with their readers' thoughts and sense of humor too. I did not feel they took slavery trivially, particularly in the case of Riq. I think this would be thought provoking for young readers who have difficulty thinking of life-experiences beyond their own. What choice would...more
First completed book of 2014! :D

”When things heat up, don’t fight…just run.”

Great Break: Maryland, 1850
Reason: Keep the Underground Railroad alive.

Dak, Sera, and Riq land in 1850 in the midst of slavery. The Underground Railroad normally helps slaves escape to freedom, but the key word here is NORMALLY. The SQ has taken over the system from within, imprisoning the Hystorians and capturing the slaves. And when Riq is mistaken for a slave, plans change. Will the kids be able to fix this break wit...more
C.C. Thomas
This one is the worst yet in the series. The jokes and dialogue are goofy and ridiculous and the 'secret clues' are just so bad. I am officially giving up on this series.

The topic of slavery is so somber and important, yet is so trite here. There is hardly anything realistic about it. The writing in this one felt boring and formulaic; the characters like cardboard--like a journaling assignment gone on for too long. This is a mixed media book. I wonder how successful they are. Kids in my class do...more
Overall, I liked this book. I liked how Riq went through a more personal journey and you saw more of his caring side. I also liked that the SQ were harder to find and that they didn't find the Hystorian until most of the way through. This gave more twists and turns to the plot. This said though, I believe that Riq and James found their way off the mainland too easily, I mean a canoe in a tree? Really?
Anyway, I also enjoy the fact that the online aspect is a crucial part of the storyline. They go...more
The adventure and clues continue as Dak, Sera, and Riq travel through time and end up in America, 1850, a time when the States were divided by slavery. They don't read the entire clue and follow the lantern, to what they believe is safety, but is, instead, a trap. Riq is sold as chattel and Dak and Sera must find the true abolistionists and Hystorians to save Riq.

But, Riq has other worries too, since he is traveling with Kissy, John, and their son James. He has heard their story through his gra...more
These series of books is about fixing the past and saving the future.I've read three books and now reading the fourth. I enjoy reading this series because I love how the characters are so easy to connect to and are very funny. There is a game you play at the end of every book that continues with the next book in the series. However the stories themselves are independent of each other.
Kim McGee
Our Hystorians haven't had a moment to catch their breath and now they are finding the break in history during the dangerous times of the Underground Railroad and slavery in the United States. They are looking for their Quaker connection in Baltimore when Riq is taken for a runaway slave and sold in the slave market. In this fascinating new adventure in the Infinity Ring series our friends will meet the famous Aunt Minty, none other than Araminta Harriet Ross Tubman, who ends up being Riq's grea...more
This is the third book in the Infinity Ring Series. Although it can be read a s a stand alone, it is much better read in order as part of the series. Dak, Sera, and Riq have use the Infinity Ring to travel through time and fix the breaks in history. They appear in the year 1850 during the time of the Underground Railroad. Pair this fictional tale with nonfiction readings of this time period to help students discover breaks in history themselves as they read along. There is also a guide with puzz...more
- the third book in the series
- the children meet up with abolitionists including Harriet Tubman in 1850
- fair bit of adventure and action
- quick read
- too improbable and has plot/logic flaws hence I probably won't be reading any of the other books in the series
- reading level: gr. 6
- interest level: gr. 5-7
Three children are time travelers with assignments to make things right at various times in history. This book deals with slavery and the underground railroad. Clever way of teaching children about slavery.
Marcia Adversalo
The time travelers are back at it again. They are fixing the "breaks" in history through their own unique experiences. This one is my favorite so far because it is set in the US before the Civil War. The author really helps you experience how different our world is today than it was then. LIttle things that we take for granted and don't even think about today weren't possible then. It isn't a time period that presents people at their best, but the story doesn't forget to give the positives about...more
The time-traveling trio, Dak, Sera, and Riq, find themselves in a very dangerous place and time in the history of the United States. They arrive in 1850 right before the Civil War, and are tricked into hiding in a cellar that they believe is part of the Underground Railroad, but it turns out that the SQ has infiltrated the organization. Times being what they were then, Riq is kidnapped and put on an auction block alongside several others. There is plenty of action and courage as the three risk t...more
Aurora Taylor
Eh. This series has been disappointing since the first book came out. The time travel is not up to the standards that I had set Scholastic to. It's not realistic at all. The story is decent, though it's a little...far fetched is not the right term, but it's the best word right now. Two eleven year olds taking down grown men? I don't think so, especially if they don't have superpowers. Plus, genius kids is one thing, but these kids, especially Sera, are too smart, I think, and not accurately port...more
It was awesome! It is about three kids who have to save history and it teach's them about it to.
We finished listening to this book during our drive to school. The kids enjoyed this story as much as the others. I liked how this story focused more on Riq. I was wondering after the second book if he was ever going to be more than a secondary character. The other books seemed to have him being like the parents of the Beverly Hills 90210, only present to provide a means instead of "a miracle occurs" moment. His story does provide more questions than answers, though, but at least my questions ar...more
What if the Civil War lasted for 15 years? What if the Underground Railroad was nothing more than a footnote in history? This is the world that Riq, Dak, and Sera must save us from as they travel back in time to 1850. As they fight to correct history, we also learn more about Riq and his own family stories, and why this mission is vital not just to the world as a whole, but to him personally. The third book in the Infinity Ring keeps the series going strong. A must read for historical fiction, a...more
Iron Burrito
Worst book in the whole series and I love the other ones...
Dena (Batch of Books)
I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I haven't read the second, but I didn't really feel lost by jumping right into the third book. I fully expected to like this one, and at first, I did. But after the first few chapters, it got really preachy and kind of weird. I didn't enjoy the characters as much as I did in book #1.

I'm not sure if I will continue with this series or not.

My blog: Books for Kids
Decent series about kids who go back in time and try to fix history. I enjoy it, they're fun junior high fiction lots of action. I like how each book has a different author. Can't wait to see where they go with it. This one goes back to the days of the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman and how one of the main characters Riq is an African American and how a kid in this day and age would act towards slavery, pretty good stuff.
Randy Christopher
I like this series because it delves into a lot of historical events, and introduces young adults to these events in a clever way. This one is about the Underground Railroad. The characters go off and experience multiple events and haven't seemed to have learned from their past mistakes in trying to stop the SQ from changing history. I can't wait to see where they head next.
I'm trying to enjoy this series, I really am. But it just keeps pulling up short. Unlike its predecessor, The 39 Clues, if you don't follow along with the online material, you're missing out on part of the story, and it's distracting, which is unfortunate. This particular volume is humorless, clunky and preachy all at the same time. I am not amused.
Mellodi Parks
Amazing twist to the real history that happened and it was an amazing read, Even though this is a series for children, I found myself unable to put it down as an adult reader just as I did with the others before it. I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series! Give this series a read if the synopsis grabs your interest!
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Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER'S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS. (Book 5, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SHIPWRECKS, comes out Feb 3, 2015).

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