The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy #1)
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
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
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.
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
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
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
This book was basically about two modern British children who accidentally go back in time to 1763, and have to...more
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
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 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
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
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
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
"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...more
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
Aside the children being dragged into the past the...more
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
I like time travel mixed with historical fiction, and this book handles this well, with the story of 2 kids who end up going back in time. The historical period chosen (1763 England) makes for a nice romp and I felt that it was well-described. I liked the lead characters and also the l...more
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