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The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,471 Ratings  ·  659 Reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Ignored by his father and sent to Derbyshire for the weekend, twelve-year-old Peter and his new friend, Kate, are accidentally transported back in time to 1763 England where they are befriended by a reformed cutpurse.
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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My review contains my opinion and is written for readers who are like me, particular in what they read, critical in their reading.

An accident with an anti-gravity machine transports Kate and Peter from the year 2007 back in time to 1763. The evil Tar Man steals the machine and their only way back home, Gideon Seymour befriends the children and promises to help them find their way back to the twenty-first century.

I thought this sounded like it would be a really wonderful adventure story but it d
This was a fine read. I made the mistake of reading one of the reviews on GoodReads before I started the book and that reader really blasted it. I noticed that a lot of the reviews were either 5 stars or 1. It's hard for me to keep an open mind with that junk floating around. ANYWay, this IS a young adult historical (science) fiction story with some time travel. The author handled it just fine - except for a short paragraph far into the story where the characters start to discuss how things coul ...more
Miss Clark
Feb 03, 2009 Miss Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody and everybody
Absolutely brilliant! Excellent, realistic and utterly likable characters. I loved Peter and Kate. And how awesome is it that the authoress is able to tell a tale of time travel, quantum physics, parallel worlds, and the logistical quandaries that would arise thereof, without sacrificing the readers’ connection to the protagonists and their predicament? She tackles a sophisticated subject with precision and plays out its consequences in the lives of Peter Schock and Kate Dyer, as well as their f ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Peter feels he has been brushed off by his father yet again--and he has been. He's been waiting for his birthday treat for months, but his father always has business meetings and is too busy to spend time with him. His mother is off working in Los Angeles, far away from Peter and his father in London. The morning Peter and his father fight about it again, Margrit, the Au Pair, takes Peter with her to visit her friends out in the country.

These frien
Jan 23, 2016 Tracey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, time-travel
First off, this was a good narration. I started to write "great", but then remembered three moments where, if I had been (God forbid) listening through earbuds, I would have had to claw them off my head and rock back and forth for a minute in pain. At the beginning and end of the book comes a sound effect which may or may not be some kind of audio logo for Simon & Schuster Audio, which sounded like a jet taking off. An intense blast of white noise. And the chapter in which the children come ...more
So good! Loved it.

The story, characters, writing, even the semi-logic behind the time travel were brilliant.

Peter's father has important business to attend to and sends Peter with their housekeeper to her friend's family farm in the country. The Dyer family is a big family whose siblings are all very tight with one another. Dr. Dyer, a scientist, has an anti-gravity machine at his lab. When Kate, Peter, and Kate's dog, Molly, go with him to the lab, a accident with the machine sends Peter and
Sep 23, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to say, the cover of this book is great! It's a hardcover book with an opening actually cut out of it with the eye looking through. My kids love to touch it!

Important note: there are two versions if the Gideon books. The British version and the American version. The first book is "Gideon the Cutpurse" (British version) and "The Time Travelers" (American version). The second book in the trilogy is "The Tar Man" (British version) and "The Time Thief" (American version). Be careful no
Keith Robinson
Aug 31, 2010 Keith Robinson rated it really liked it
This is a fun time travel romp, although probably not a "light read" for some. I really liked it, and the author shines when she's writing about the 18th century; I have a feeling she didn't so much research the era so she could write her story, but came up with a time travel idea just so she could write about what she knows and loves. This is a great way to learn about how we used to live in the 1700s, and depictions of Ye Olde London (markets, pubs, prisons, etc) are superb. There's a lot more ...more
Jan 07, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jess by: Kitri Culbertson
Shelves: juv, time-travel
Although the start is slow, this turns into a great historical adventure story. Jack and Kate are thrown back to 1763 and encounter a fantastic cast of characters in their efforts to get back to the 21st century. They must deal with a world full of highwaymen, footpads, elaborate dress, bad food, cutpurses, treachery, horrific prisons, and hangings. Eighteenth centuries details never feel forced or didactic, but serve to make the story more vivid. Being the first in a trilogy, the conclusion is ...more
May 05, 2008 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many reviews have noted, it is hard to believe this is a first novel. Buckley-Archer "a scriptwriter and journalist, began writing Gideon as a radio drama. As she read Gideon aloud to her children and they refused to let her stop for supper, she began to see its potential as a novel."

Whatever her experience she has clearly pulled it all together. The main characters are well developed, which isn't always the case in the first book of a series, and there are lots of interesting secondary chara
May 29, 2009 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw these books when I went to Barnes and Noble, and decided to read them. One of the reviews on the book is that they are as good as the Harry Potter series. I disagree. They are good, and entertaining, but not as captivating or as fast pased. Also it is easier to figure out what is going to happen than the HP books. But still, once you get started, it is entertaining and you have to keep reading!
Wow. I just... I was so not anticipating that this would be so bad. I knew it wouldn't be my favorite book ever, but I thought it would be a casual and entertaining read. It was not.

-First off, it was really boring. The author left NOTHING out, even the most boring and mundane details that we really didn't need to know. I found this book to be overly long.

-I really disliked Kate. All she did was cry, over the silliest things, and that really bugged me. I just felt that it was a really weak wom
May 13, 2012 Aeo11 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
I picked this book up originally for two reasons.
1. The beautiful cover art sucks you in
2. The cover blurb that states "For kids who love Harry Potter" - Entertainment Weekly

I might not be the target audience but I do enjoy young adult reads most of the time. The back of the book tells us that Peter and Kate manage to land themselves in 1763 due to an accident with an anti-gravity machine. They now somehow need to find their way back to their own time!

This could have been wonderful but everythi
Eustacia Tan
Jan 24, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I'm starting to like snow days. It's too cold to do anything but sit indoors and read, so I manage to finish The Time Travelers (it feels weird reading an ebook somehow). I previously talked about in Teaser Tuesday (link), and it was as good as I expected!

The book revolves around Peter Schock, Kate Dyer and Gideon Seymour. There are a few other main characters, but I think these three are the most important. So when Peter's dad breaks his promise (a birthday promise to Peter no less), Peter ends
Dec 08, 2010 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I would give this 3.5 stars - I liked it more than just "liked it" but I didn't REALLY like it. It's a fun read, but a little too juvenile for my tastes. I picked it up at the bookstore based on the review on the back, which said that if you liked Harry Potter, you'd like this series. I thought, what the heck? It was just under 400 pages, but the font was rather large and double spaced.

This book was basically about two modern British children who accidentally go back in time to 1763, and have to
Rhiannon Ryder
Jul 19, 2010 Rhiannon Ryder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't lie, I picked up The Time Travelers, part one in the Gideon trilogy, mainly because it had awesome cover art. James Jean is such a deadly awesome artist, and I was so excited that he'd illustrated a middle school book, I just had to read it.

As a first book, The Time Travelers was a bit cumbersome. The story was a lot of fun and I was digging the characters, but I found her style was a bit stilted. It was almost as if she was attributing a 7 year olds' way of reading to her 9-13 year old
This has been at the bottom of my to-read stack for the longest time! I mean, literally, the bottom of a large stack of books sitting here just waiting for me to read them. It's a solid, hefty book and it helped to make my TBR stack very sturdy. I planned to read it LONG ago, but then got upset when they suddenly changed the name to "The Time Travelers" for the paperback copy. Why do they do that?? It just confuses things and I don't like it! With so many other books clamoring for my attention, ...more
April Knapp
Review originally posted HERE

This is a review for the entire trilogy.

The Gideon Trilogy is a well-told story that keeps you coming back for more. I had a hard time putting the books down, especially the first two. Buckley-Archer is compared to J.K Rowling. I wouldn't go THAT far, but it is a good, entertaining story.

The character development is decent. I read this trilogy after reading the amazing 100 Cupboards Trilogy which has phenomenal character development, so try as I may, it was hard to
Jun 30, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I love fantasy; I love historical fiction; I love science fiction. I did not love this book. I managed to wade through half of it, then quit to move on to something better. The writing is plodding and pedestrian; the plot is predictable; the characters are two-dimensional; the author wastes the opportunity afforded by time travel to either compare and contrast 21st and 18th century life or to provide a window into that past. The characters all speak with modern voices, with one notable and painf ...more
Workshop Warfare
Mar 06, 2015 Workshop Warfare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really think that this book was amazing, it threw so many twists and turns, and boggled my mind with the concept of time travel. This book also gave many endearing and realistic charactes that made me sympathise, and feel for them. I would definately reccomend this book for anyone who would like to read about a complex story with theoretical science and endearing characters all wrapped togeter in the setting of England in the 1600's.
Caroline Wadad
Quotes (on the back cover) comparing this book to Harry Potter heightened my expectations, which consequently led to disappointment. Unlike Harry Potter, where Rowling introduces interesting subplots, complex characters, and imaginative twists, everything about this book was uni-dimensional. In fact, the author seemed to insert unnecessary parts for the sake of beefing up the content. In addition, the ending was underdeveloped and a weak attempt at introducing a second story rather than a natura ...more
Mar 10, 2008 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Time Travelers (renamed from the less appropriate title, Gideon the Cutpurse) is a well-paced, and seemingly well-researched story that mixes a little bit of science-fiction with a lot of interesting periodical history and behavioral speculation about the mid-18th century. As the novel’s heroes Kate and Peter do their time traveling, readers are introduced to some fun etymology — defining the origin of ’straw men,’ for example — and a few enjoyable science-fiction concepts, like how the trav ...more
Review pending...
Book annoyed me, maybe because I'm too old to read it. My sister sort of liked it--she's twelve.
I was told it would give J.K. Rowling a run for her money, that if I liked that, I would love this. They. Lied. To. Me. Somewhere J.K. Rowling chuckled as she read that and thought: Yeah, right. Thing is, because I'm stubborn and like to punish myself, I actually finished the book. What's wrong with me? Anyway, the real review, the more refined review, will come later.
But first, anot
Jan 19, 2010 dokie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
atas permintaan Nenangs.. :p

ternyata ga gitu seru, ending biasa aja dan ngegantung, berlanjut di buku ke-2. ada bagian lucu, ada yg seru, tapi ending nya terlalu simpel.. td nya kirain gideon bakal banyak berperan, keahliannya sendiri cuma 'tampil' 1x pas rebut kalung, tapi ga ada hubungannya dengan cara peter dan kate balik ke abad 21. malah sebaliknya, peter dan kate yang selamatin gideon..

big plus nya si jack, lucu ngebayangin si 'master kecil' ini :D
dan setting abad ke 18 nya yang menarik =)
Blake Stoller
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Feb 10, 2016 ade_reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gideon the Cutpurse, buku ini banyak mengajarkan hal mengenai harapan, arti keluarga dan waktu.
(Mungkin) buku ini adalah salah satu dari sedikit buku bergenre FANTASI yang tidak mengandung SIHIR sama sekali didalamnya. That's why i love this book. Hal lainnya yang saya sukai dari buku ini yaitu, berbeda dengan buku-buku lainnya yang bergenre sama yang pernah saya baca sebelumnya, pada buku ini, sejarah dan fiksi ilmiah dikemas menjadi bacaan yang menyenangkan. Detil-detil sejarah dan ilmiah dipa
Nathaniel Ubana
Feb 24, 2015 Nathaniel Ubana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2014 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookleggers
Two twelve year-old children are the innocent victims of NASA-funded research into anti-gravity and dark matter that goes terribly wrong.
Peter Schock and Kate Dyer are catapulted back to 18th century England where they have to survive highwaymen, cutpurses, thief-takers and ... The Tar Man
An encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events. Stranded in another time and forced to chase the Tar Man
Aug 26, 2014 Fede rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this series of books to make my mum happy, since as she had bought them for me because she thought I would enjoyed them.

She was right: I liked this first book. The story is nice, well structured, readable indeed. The time travel is something which always captures my attention, moreover the description of the London of the past is well done (in my opinion, at least) and it reflects perfectly my idea of the common life and people in the XVIII century.
The characters are interestin
Kelly Pua
Feb 04, 2015 Kelly Pua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noooooo waht the can't end in a cliffhanger....:( luckily I can get Book 2 from the library

okay here's my review. spoilers probably. Most likely.

First off, Kate was annoying...but I suppose that's her character...but it doesn't make it less annoying.

Also, the story was sometimes flat and boring with all the space time stuff that rambles on. Some parts were hard to read and. the action parts...not the act itself but the writing made it bland.

That's my biggest issue with the author a
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Linda Buckley-Archer is a London-based writer. Originally trained as a linguist and subsequently a scriptwriter, she became a novelist after writing a story for her son, who was a reluctant reader. That story became the first volume of the time-traveling GIDEON TRILOGY, which featured the dark side of 18th-century London as well as the French and American Revolutions. The trilogy was translated i ...more
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