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

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  835 Ratings  ·  105 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
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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
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Diane
Jan 12, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
This book is great for read aloud while studying the American Revolution.
Anna
Feb 17, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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
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Wendy
May 07, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it
Read this one with my 4th grade son for his literature circles. It had elements of the Magic Treehouse books.
Book Girl
Jan 12, 2015 Book Girl rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who love lots of adventure and books that have to do with george Washington!
Recommended to Book Girl by: A teacher
George Washington's Socks is about 4 boys: Matt, Q, Tony, Hooter, and matt's little sister, katie. One day during one of their club meetings, (for their adventure club) , Matt had to bring katie along because at dinner he accidentally asked her. The club had decided to camp out in Tony's backyard. Then, Katie asks, " When is are adventure? ". "Um... this is it." says Matt a little embarrassed, (along with all of the other club members). They too though it would be something more.

They set off to
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Zoe Lampman
George Washington's Socks, by Elvira Woodruff is chapter book about a group of five children, Hoot, Q, Matthew, Tony, and Katie that are members of an adventurer's club. While on a camp-out they plan to discuss the adventures of George Washington's army during the Revolutionary War, but instead they are drawn to a dark lake by an empty row-boat that floated to shore. Their curiosity gets the best of them and they climb into the boat which takes them to the middle of the misty lake. Katie falls o ...more
Kalejh Rose-Parr
Feb 18, 2016 Kalejh Rose-Parr rated it it was amazing
I believe George Washington's Socks was a five star book because Elvira Woodruff did a fantastiic job making this funny, fantastic and nail-biting! I highly reccomend this thrilling tale.
Jacob Erickson
Sep 22, 2014 Jacob Erickson rated it it was amazing
It was amazing. I felt like I was right there sailing through the Delaware River that chilly 1776 night. It was adventurous when Matt was separated from his friends. It is realistic. They are kids living in the 2000s. (When they are in present time.) It is historic fiction because they end up in the Revolutionary War after time travel. It is fairly accurate though despite the time travel. I would recommend this book to lovers of adventure, realistic, and history.
Taylor
Oct 14, 2009 Taylor rated it liked it
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
Apr 24, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
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.
Kyle
Dec 19, 2015 Kyle rated it it was ok
Read for school. Novel on our fifth grade reading list. Not planning on using it again next year. Really haven't found any great books on this new list. I miss my favorites from fourth grade!
Charlie
Apr 27, 2016 Charlie rated it really liked it
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
John
Mar 20, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
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
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Tim Davis
Jan 11, 2012 Tim Davis rated it really liked it
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
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Feb 01, 2012 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
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
Owen
Apr 08, 2016 Owen rated it did not like it
I really didn't care for this book. It seemed like it was written more like a textbook more than a novel. The book begins with some kids camping in the woods in an "adventure club" and at every meeting, they read books about adventures. I thought that the plot wasn't as exiting as it looked like it would be, because she didn't spend as many pages as she should have where the main characters were with George Washington. I didn't enjoy it, and I wouldn't reccomend it.
Sandra
May 15, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it
This was a read-aloud historical fiction novel for my fourth grade class during our unit on the American Revolution. In the story, kids travel back in time and experience the hardships of war. 7yo Katie returns to present time and trades a pair of General George Washington's socks for a bag of marshmallows. One of my students stated, with a smirk, "Katie has clearly lost HER marshmallows!" And this student had clearly just made MY day.
Kathy Roderer
Oct 25, 2009 Kathy Roderer rated it liked it
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
Lisa
Sep 01, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed Woodruff's books, but had not yet read this one. A new sixth grade library assistant was shelving in my library last week and said, "Ms. Hunt this is the best book ever! Have you read it?". Well I took here challenge and have now read the book. It is good. It's not the best book ever but I did like it. I can't wait to talk with her about the book next week. I love talking books with my students.
Prisha
Jul 22, 2016 Prisha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction
I was going through my old books from elementary school when I found this one. It was creatively done, apt for younger audiences, and equipped with adequate twists to take up some time. It certainly reminds me of playing with my friends on the playground in a reminiscent way, and it's a nice way to take up time, though it will certainly bore some older readers. Ideal for kids!
Kate
Jan 12, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
Time travel book in the Magic Tree House style where in this series, the Adventure Club is transported back in time to the famous Crossing of the Delaware and surprise attack on Trenton via a rowboat called Lemit Evart. As the groups ends up befriending the supposed opposition it reflects that war is not good and that there are good an bad on both sides.
Alan
Dec 30, 2010 Alan rated it liked it
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
Elizabeth
May 01, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This was an excellent historical fiction novel, with a touch of science fiction. It portrayed a realistic point if view of war, and showed that there were good and bad guys on both sides of the war. Well written, and perfect for fifth graders to learn about the American Revolution.
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
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CJB
Feb 20, 2013 CJB rated it really liked it
(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
Ylva
Apr 30, 2016 Ylva rated it liked it
Another Reading Olympics / Mother& Daughter book club pick. Pretty good time travel book with historical component. More substantial than other kid time travel stories that I've read.
Elizabeth Petrie
Feb 20, 2014 Elizabeth Petrie rated it really liked it
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
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Jessica
Jan 24, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
Kristi
Apr 23, 2015 Kristi rated it it was amazing
At first, you think it's just a bunch of kids going back in time. It is, but the author adds a bit of history to it as well. Great read for kids & adults alike.
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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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