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Secret in the Tower (Time Spies #1)

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First in an exciting all-new series for children, complete with time travel, adventure, and American history!

In this brand-new series by acclaimed author Candice Ransom, three children meet unsung heroes who shaped Americaâs history. Follow the children as they hop in and out of various eras, learning important life lessons along the way. Children will enjoy the fun, easy-
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Mirrorstone (first published September 1st 2006)
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Chris’s Rating: 3 Stars

On the first book of the Time Spies series, Alex and Mattie are joining their family in their new home in Virginia after their parents decided they needed a change and took a gamble converting an old house into an inn. While exploring with their younger sister the siblings find a secret entrance into an old tower which happens to house a magical spyglass which transports them back to the American Revolution. While their stay there is sho
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Alysha DeShaé
Oct 02, 2014 Alysha DeShaé rated it really liked it
This was adorable little tale, but I do think that, based on the ages of the children, some of the things they say are more likely what an adult would say in the same situation. For example, at the very beginning Alex says that moving to a new home might be an adventure. I don't doubt that some children will think so, but it's more likely that an adult would tell a child this in an attempt to ease the transition.

I also enjoyed how educational it was without being boring. I can easily see childre
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Sarah
Feb 01, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is a nice premise, and a well executed beginning. Like several other time travel series for young readers it has a didactic element, but the children here are realistically depicted. The three siblings, 9,8 and 5, have just moved to the countryside in Virgina, where their parents are opening an Inn in a historic house. The first guest is a reinactor who introduces them to some historic events, which they then travel back to see through a spyglass they discover in the hidden tower room in th ...more
Charlyn
This, the first in the "Time Spies" series, introduces siblings Alex, Mattie, and Sophie; the Virginia home their parents have converted to an inn; the hidden room in the tower of the home; and the magic spyglass that takes them back in time. Readers will glean facts about the American Revolution and learn about Jack Jouett, the South's Paul Revere.

Large print and illustrations make this an accessible book for younger readers. The book also features an experiment with invisible ink and a simpl
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Daniel Finnie
Oct 27, 2012 Daniel Finnie rated it really liked it
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Ratforcekids
This is another series that kids enjoy...Time Spies. It is along the same line as Magic Tree House only it is an old spyglass that transports the characters back in time. This is the first book in the series. Lexile 540.
Poonguzhali
Aug 13, 2008 Poonguzhali rated it it was amazing
the three children were going to vigrna with their parents.they were living in a big house where there were lots of mystery were stuffed in.it is a must-buy book for everyone.
Tracie
Feb 02, 2012 Tracie rated it really liked it
Shelves: elem, fantasy
When their parents move to an old colonial era home to run a bed-and-breakfast, three siblings discover a magic telescope that allows them to time travel.
Alexandra aka Auntie J
Feb 06, 2008 Alexandra aka Auntie J rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tony?
Recommended to Alexandra aka Auntie J by: 2nd-3rd grade
A bit like "The Magic Treehouse" books, but I liked it better. A small history lesson delivered in an interesting way.
Rhea
Nov 23, 2013 Rhea rated it really liked it
This book was great. I cannot wait for Book two in this series.
Todd Holland
Apr 22, 2013 Todd Holland rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, juvenile
Really enjoyed ths one. Will check out or in the series.
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