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The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  4,129 ratings  ·  557 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...more
Miss Clark
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
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
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...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...more
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...more
Keith Robinson
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jess by: Kitri Culbertson
Shelves: time-travel, juv
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
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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
This is what I wrote for my school book report:
Peter Sholock and Kate Dyer are just ordinary kids. Then their life changes when Peter goes to Kate’s farm, and Mr.Dyer shows them his work. (He is an astrologist.) They try his assistant’s new invention, an anti gravity machine. Then their dog gets spooked and starts running, the kids run after him because he could break something. The anti gravity machine sparks and then the children find themselves in a whole different place: a green grassy mead...more
Rhiannon Ryder
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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 =)...more
Blake Stoller
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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...more
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...more
Ira Mustika

"Dari sudut pandang yang luas, pikirnya, kehidupan kita berakhir dalam satu kedipan mata dan ada kalanya setiap waktu seolah-olah berakhir selamanya"----hal 41

Kalimat yang palingberkesan bagi saya dari buku ini. Memang, kadang-kadang, ada sebuah peristiwa yang membuat seakan-akan rutinitas kehidupan kita berakhir dalam satu kedipan mata.

Seperti yang terjadi pada Peter. Di hari ulang tahunnya yang kedua belas, yang perayaannya diundur kurang lebih 3 bulan karena ayahnya sibuk, Peter kembali h

I read this book over my holiday and all I can say is that is just.....average.

First things first, lets talk about the characters, Peter was pretty dull, I didn't find anything special about him, he wasn't bad but just average. Now there is Kate who did nothing but cry and complain about being in the 18th century, I can understand her reasoning, but it was still annoying, I would rather have the character face the situation with anger and determination.

However I liked both Gideon and the Tar Ma...more
Monica Edinger
I liked this and the second book very much. I read it when it was first released in the US (Gideon the Cutpurse was the title then) and enjoyed the second one too. I found it very imaginative combination of historical fiction, time travel, and steampunk sci-fi. It reminded me of Susan Price's Sterkarm Handshake.
Intriguing and interesting plot I've ever read. I like how two children from the 21st Century was dragged by the machine by accident into the 18th century. Other than that the children -namely Peter Schock and Kate Dyer, are interesting and realistic children anyone could possibly relate. Then there's a character from the 18th century namely Gideon Seymour whom I could not help myself wondering the mystery of that man and his nemesis the Tar Man.

Aside the children being dragged into the past the...more
Okay, WOW! This book was unexpectedly good. It is confusing at first, I'll warn you. The character perspective switching can get a little annoying, and it's hard to memorize everyone's names, but don't worry, it'll get better.

I usually do not read historical fiction. Usually it's Oregon Trail diaries or something not-so-exciting like that; and don't worry I do read those from time to time ;) But this is the most action packed historical fiction I have read in my life!

Some of the characters are w...more
Booo!This book is all messed up.I would not have anyone read this book. DANGER BEWARE!
Enjoyable book. It took me a bit to really get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. I'm actually at the start of book 2.

Warning: this book ends in a cliffhanger, so I would advise to have book 2 nearby so you don't have to wait to find out what happens to the characters. Make sure not to get confused by the British and American titles to the books.

I think the author did a great job of transporting the reader to London as well as other cities in the 1700s.

Although it's kids book (the two...more
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Linda Buckley-Archer was born in Sussex and spent much of her childhood in rural Staffordshire, before settling in London, where she now lives with her husband and two children.

Originally trained as a linguist, she lectured in French for some years before becoming a full-time novelist and scriptwriter. Linda has recently completed the final book (The Time Quake) in The Gideon Trilogy of novels fo...more
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