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George Washington's Socks (Time Travel Adventure #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  530 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Elvira Woodruff's million-copy seller, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS, returns in time for the book's anticipated HC sequel -- Ben Franklin's Boots!

A mysterious rowboat transports five adventurous kids back in time to the eve of the Battle at Trenton where they experience the American Revolution. Through encounters with Hessian soldiers, revolutionaries, and even George Washing...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1991)
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Jackie
Five kids, Matthew, Q, Hoot, Tony, and Katie camp out one night as part of their newly formed adventurer's club. When a mysterious, old rowboat appears suddenly as beckons them onboard their lives change in a way they never dreamed possible. Out on dark, eerie Lake Levart, they are thrown back in time and find themselves among General George Washington's army on the Delaware River on that fateful Christmas Eve night that was uncharacteristically snowy and icy.

The kids are in the midst of a brut...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Quite an exciting little adventure. Good history, too. I have no idea why it's not more famous.
Diane
This book is great for read aloud while studying the American Revolution.
Wendy
Read this one with my 4th grade son for his literature circles. It had elements of the Magic Treehouse books.
Charlie
I have to say that I am only currently reading this book and it is unbelievably good. I didn't put it in currently reading shelf because I leave that shelf empty and I didn't rate it 5 stars because I'm not exactly done. But I can talk about what I've read. Matt is the president of I club and he wants to go on an adventure with 3 other kids: Tony, Hooter, and Q. But Matt's sister Katie begs to come, too. Finally they all say yes. Matt makes 'em go into the woods when they were not supposed to. W...more
Taylor
In this book, it puts you in place of a young kid who hasn't done much anything dangerous or thrilling. You know no survival skills because you've never had any use for them. Until now. You are forced into the early days of George Washington and put into battle by him and his men. Now you have to fight for your life, but will you survive?
Jessica
Cole and I slogged our way through this one. I like the concept of fantasy/historical fiction. However, this book misses the mark for engaging youths. There are too many main characters plus too many secondary characters. I understand that it was about the Revolutionary War, but it was still quite violent including two deaths.
John
Mar 20, 2013 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
I've just finished reading this books with my 9 year old son. He tends to be a super-speedy reader, so I'm glad that he and I worked through this one together - but only because we could take a bit of time to discuss the war-related events after we closed the book for the night.

I will avoid a full synopsis and thus spoilers here, but a group of children travel back in time and meet up with George Washington and his army on the way to the Battle of Trenton.

What I thought was really terrific about...more
Timothy Davis
I like Erik the Great's review of this book from his blog "This Kid Reviews Books." Erik is 11 years old.

"George Washington's Socks - A Time Travel Adventure

By Elvira Woodruff

166 pages -ages 9+

Published by Scholastic in 2010 (originally published in 1993)

Matt had always heard of the creepy legend of Levart Lake. On moonlit nights people disappear at the lake and are never seen again. He was horrified when he saw his little sister Katie trying to get into a row-boat on the lake...on a moonlit nig...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Matt had always heard of the creepy legend of Levart Lake. On moonlit nights people disappear at the lake and are never seen again. He was horrified when he saw his little sister Katie trying to get into a row-boat on the lake…on a moonlit night. As he ran to the lake with his friends, Tony, Hooter and “Q”, all the kids fell into a trance and they ALL ended up in the row-boat. The next thing they knew they were transported back in time to 1776 and were now in the middle of the Delaware River the...more
Kathy Roderer
This is an interesting "travel back in time" type of book that reminds me a little of the Magic Treehouse books, but scarier and more serious. Part of the adventure for the children is in the problem of wanting to get back to real time. It's a little far-fetched, I think, but it does give a good portrayal of some of the distasteful and dreadful aspects of war. The children end up right in the middle of the Revolutionary War, with George Washington and the Hessians. There are some very sad, inten...more
Alan
A fun time travel series that starts out here when Matt, Tony, Hooter and Q form an adventure club where, as Mat explains "they meet and talk about real adventures that people have had throughout history". They are going to start with George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River. They are going to read about the crossing during a camp-out in the back yard. In Matt's rush to finish his dinner (and not eat his pea's) his younger sister Katie catches him dumping pea's into the sugar bowl. The...more
Anna
This book has a exicting momment where you just can't wait untill lunch is over, and you have to finish it now. Most parts of the book doesn't have a lot of facts for you to learn, but it has a lot of action. This book has some parts where you can see the character's internal fears and see how he overcome come all his internal fear and have hope again.
The external fears for the character is a fear that they cannot control and solve, and I like how the author makes it seems like there is no hope...more
Shellys♥ Journal
Matt, Q, Tony, and Hooter are starting a "secret club" and having their first campout. Matt's little sister is tagging along. A mysterious rowboat in the middle of the lake takes them back in time to Trenton in 1776, where they learn about the Revolutionary War first hand. But will they get back home again?

Loved this book. Read it with my kiddos as part of a Revolutionary War study. It was interesting to contrast the differences between then and now, and to have someone stand at ground level and...more
CJB
(spoiler alert) It's about Matt,Kattie,Tony,Quention(Q),and Hooter. He put his peas in some sugar to go to an adventure club. Well they hear about Lake Learvert,go there and go back in time to George washington. They get saved and are protected by Adam Hibbs. But Matt returns the Genral's cape he is now part of the war. He meets a guy named Isreal who gets Matt's sneackers. Isreal dies and he gets picked up by Nathn Hornbee. Then he goes by mule gets shoes and meets indians. Matt gives them a po...more
Elizabeth Petrie
A good book for an advanced reader at the elementary level and for children that like to read historical fiction. Some parts were a little slow, but overall it was enjoyable and offered humor to balance it out.
Heather S
Reading Counts Reading Level: 5.9
Lexile: 840
Publishers Weekly Age Recommendation: Ages 9-12

In contrast to a traditional historical fiction story, Woodruff's George Washington Socks presents the American Revolution to students in a unique way: modern day children experience the revolution by traveling back in time via a rowboat. Because the war is viewed through the eyes of 21st century children, it should be more relatable to students. For instance, there's a point in the story where the childre...more
Jessica
I cannot wait to use this book in my classroom! I think my students will really enjoy the idea of traveling back in time and meeting George Washington. While some have said that this was too gory or focused too much on the hardships of war, I disagree. I think that everything mentioned is age appropriate for fifth grade with the intent of showing them just how difficult the Revolutionary War was. Often, I find that my students understand the topic, but not the magnitude of the issue. I think tha...more
S18sisper
When four kids take a long walk while camping along Lake Lervart. As if a trance happened they stepped inside the boat. What they didn't realize is they headed back in time of George Washington. The Lake transformed to the scene of the battle at Trenton. How will they ever find their way back home. All throughout the book the kids are hiding from the navy that is trying to fin them and kill them. I would recommend this book because it has a lot of action and tension between the strength of each...more
Lbaker
I loved this book because of the historical connections!
Nicole
This book started really slow and the boys and I almost gave up on it, but it did pick up and we were glad we stuck with it.
Nicole Flores
This is a fiction youth novel in which a group of children get taken back to the time of the American Revolution. While trying to figure out a way home the children relive parts of the American Revolution and meet George Washington. This is a very enjoyable story that the children love because it is engaging, and there is a lot of adventure and excitement throughout the entire story. This book is good to use as literature component because there are facts that relate to what we are learning duri...more
Ruthy
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kyle W.
I remember reading this book sometime in middle school. It wasn't a curriculum book, but one I picked up in the library... and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. I probably read this book 12-13 years ago and was captivated. I still remember the vivid descriptions of the struggling Union soldiers, with some using rags as shoes in the winter cold, and the images of hardship she described so well. Would love to go back and reread, but don't want to spoil my image of the book as an...more
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Crystal
This is a fun book, but I am not a big reader of time-travel or historical fiction so it wasn't my favorite. The concept was neat and the plot certainly propelled the story and kept my attention better than I had anticipated.

I appreciated that the author showed war in a non-glamorous way and really pointed up the fact that the enemy soldiers are not necessarily evil and are often just people that need the money and are doing a job. She shows both sides as human.
Mandy Morrow
George Washington's Socks is a compelling book mixed with history, fantasy, and adventure. When the Adventure Club goes on a hike one night they come upon a mysterious boat that takes them back to the Revolutionary War. They meet some mew friends, and also get mistaken for spies. Will they be able to return to the 20th century, or will they be stuck in the past forever? History lovers and adventure lovers alike will be drawn to this book until the last page. I know I was!
Tara
Nice book for 4th to 5th graders. My favorite aspect of the story is that the characters see that people on both side of the war are good. The young kids in the story - who always believed the Patriots were the good guys and everyone else bad - begin to see the human side to the fighters on the other side and think about war in a different light. What a nice concept to explore with young minds rather than simply presenting the 'facts' from the Revolutionary War.
Caroline Petty
I think that this book is good to teach about what the soldiers of the American Revolution actually went through. It gives accurate depictions of colonial life including speech, dress, and beliefs. It's also very fun and interactive in the way that it compares the lives of both modern and historic people. It's a great read-aloud because the kids are always anxiously awaiting the next chapter.
Cindi
My older kids didn't care about this book one bit, so I'm reviewing it according to how it fit the younger kids. This book is a little like Magic Treehouse, just a little more advanced. I thought it did give some great little historical tidbits, but I wish it had had more. I also wish the author had been a little more careful in his writing (ducklings in winter, etc.).
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Well-known for her popular children’s stories, author Elvira Woodruff had a long route to becoming a writer. In fact, one of her first jobs after leaving college was driving an ice cream truck. She has also worked as a receptionist, a janitor, a window dresser, a gardener, a shop owner, an assistant librarian, a waitress, and a storyteller. After working for several years in the children’s room of...more
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