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The Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,870 ratings  ·  236 reviews
What happens when a seventeenth-century bad guy has twenty-first-century technology?

An accident with an antigravity machine catapulted Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to 1763. A bungled rescue attempt leaves Peter stranded in the eighteenth century while a terrifying villain, the Tar Man, takes his place and explodes onto twenty-first-century London. Concerned about the

Hardcover, 488 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2007)
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Bonnie Gayle
Please don't hold it against the book that it took me forever and a day to read. I was feeling sick, and wasn't much in a reading mood, but this book was truly fantastic. I really liked the first book, and was looking forward to this one, a little worriedly. Imagine my surprise when I liked it better than the first book!

At the end of the first book, Kate has returned to the present, but Peter accidentally is left back in the 1700's when the villian of the book, the Tar Man, takes his place, and
This was a nice read but I liked the first book better. Somehow I wished for something more, the characters stayed strangely flat.
The Time Thief is a sequel worthy its name.
I think that the plot of this book is more involving than that of the previous one, even though the descriptions of the XVIII century are still realistic I really liked observing a grown-up Peter, whose thoughts, behavior and belief are different but also similar to the young one.
Even the part with the Tar Man were interesting, and I suffered when (view spoiler).
The only one thing
"Apakah tidak ada penunggang kuda di kota ini?”serunya kepada seorang pria muda yang duduk di balik kemudi sebuah Mini Cooper Hitam.
"Mati aku!” dia berseru nyaring, ”Mesin itu telah membawaku ke masa depan! Bagaimana aku akan pulang?”
Banyak hal yang membuat Tar Man, sang penjahat tangguh abad 18 merasa akrab sekaligus asing berada di London! Bahkan Berkeley Square yang dulu sangat dikenalnya juga berubah. Padahal baru sebulan yang lalu ia mengawal Lord Luxon ke sana.
Pada awalnya, banyak hal-
The Time Thief is just what readers look for in the second book in a trilogy: more adventures with the same characters and settings but with enough plot twists and turns to keep them guessing; a chance to get to know their favorite characters better; and a building tension left to be resolved by the final book.

Buckley-Archer once again does a nice job of weaving all the plot lines together. The action takes place in modern day London, 18th century England, and revolutionary France but it never g
This 2nd book in the "Gideon the cutpurse" trilogy isn't as good as the 1st. It lacks a strong central YA character because when Kate goes back to rescue the stranded Peter there is a mishap and she gets there 29 years after the 1st time, and Peter has grown to adulthood. There are nice themes running through it of getting to know a parent once you've become an adult yourself and appreciating the love and life you live, but I'm not sure these themes resonate w/ teens. This will primarily attract ...more
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The Time Thief is just as interesting as the first book in this trilogy. In The Time Travelers, the two young protagonists Peter and Kate spend an equal amount of time (*pun intended*) with the reader. This changes in The Time Thief because 12-year-old Peter is stuck back in 1763. This story really belongs to Kate. I was okay with that. Kate is a great character.

This novel breaks a so-called rule for writing childrens' fiction by inclu
Monica Edinger
As I wrote in my review for the first of this series, I like it a lot. Some complained to me that the second wasn't as good as the first, but I don't agree. I liked what was going on with characters (good and bad) coming to the present. Some interesting and original stuff going on. I will be interested to see where this trilogy ends up.
An excellent sequel to _The Time Travelers_ (formerly titled _Gideon the Cutpurse_). This fantasy is about time traveling (duh), and features a very quick-moving plot, but it really examines the moral and philosophical implications of time travel. (Who knew?) I can't wait for the third one.
Traci Haley
I am quite impressed with Linda Buckley-Archer's ability to not only write a decent time travel story, but to do it in a completely believable way; she manages to come up with an intriguing plot device that explains the lack of paradoxes. I can't wait 'til the next entry into thise series!
3.5 stars. This was such a clever story, but it was up and down for me. I didn't like the bad guy and his story line, but I enjoyed the tale set in history about a boy, his friend and his father figures.

* Rescue attempt
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Ira Book Lover
Lanjutan petualangan Peter dan Kate di abad ke-18....

Di buku sebelumnya, Kate dan ayahnya berhasil pulang ke abad 21 sedangkan tempat Peter diambil olih oleh Tar Man. Kate yang sudah berjanji pada Peter untuk tidak pernah meninggalkannya segera kembali ke abad 18 dengan membawa serta ayah Peter.

Malangnya, mereka berdua terdampar di tahun yang salah. Peter sudah dewasa dan untuk alasan tertentu, sengaja merahasiakan identitasnya kepada Kate dan ayahnya.

Bukan hanya itu, mesin anti-gravitasi yang m
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The Time Thief starts as the Tar Man explodes onto 21st century London. He makes a scene and already causes havoc. Meanwhile, Kate's dad and a team of NASA scientists try to decide to rescue Peter or not, because if they go back in time again, it may destroy the fabric of space-time continuum, which may destroy the multiverse. While this is happening, the Tar Man gets a guide around 21st century London. He meets Tom, his apprentice, who got to the 21st century by mistake. Meanwhile, Kate hates t ...more
Before I start my review I would like to address the quote from School Library Journal on the cover of this book that claims, “Buckley-Archer may very well give J. K. Rowling a run for her money. This wonderfully rich and complex novel, written in lyrical and vivid language, is destined to be a classic...” I’m not entirely certain that this trilogy deserves this much praise, and putting J.K. Rowling’s name on the cover of these books gives the impression to potential readers that they are dealin ...more
Lady Knight
What a great sequel! "The Time Thief" is the second book in the Gideon trilogy and picks up where the first left off. When the time machine returned to the present, Peter was replaced at the last second by the Tar Man. Kate is horrified and plans to immediately return to the past to rescue her friend. She talks Peter's father into helping her and soon enough they are both in the past. The problem? They've overshot the date. Rather than 1763, they've arrived in 1792 and the French Revolution is i ...more
Miss Clark
The Tar Man (a.k.a. The Time Thief) by Linda Buckley-Archer

An excellent sequel that has its own important tale to tell and is not simply a hold over until the denouement. Kate has to go back in time to find Peter when the NASA scientists, and even her own parents, believe that it would be too dangerous to try and rescue him, fearing the effects of further tampering with the linear progression of time. Unable to live with that decision, Kate enlists the help of Peter’s father and together they se
May 27, 2009 Katrina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids ages 10 +; lots of action and adventure
The Time Thief is just what readers look for in the second book in a trilogy: more adventures with the same characters and settings but with enough plot twists and turns to keep them guessing; a chance to get to know their favorite characters better; and a building tension left to be resolved by the final book.

Buckley-Archer once again does a nice job of weaving all the plot lines together. The action takes place in modern day London, 18th century England, and revolutionary France but it never
Jennifer Marie
The Time Thief (The Gideon Trilogy: Book Two)
Linda Buckley-Archer
Time Travel
Age 12 and up
368 pages

The Time Thief, by Linda Buckley-Archer, is the second book of her time travel series The Gideon Trilogy. Without giving away the ending of the first book, The Time Thief continues the adventures of twelve-year-olds Peter and Kate and the many acquaintances they made along their journey in book one. I recommend reading The Time Travelers (book 1) first, because this book does not completely stand on
I finally started, and finished, The Time Thief by Linda Buckley-Archer. I'm glad I read it. The second in the Gideon trilogy, it was hard to put down.

The book starts where the last one left off. Peter has been left behind in the seventeenth-century, while Kate and her Dad successfully transported back to their present time period. But as Peter was getting ready to transport, he was replaced by the villain in the first book, the Tar Man, or Blueskin. Kate and Peter's father, Mr. Schock, transpor
Keith Robinson
This is a great follow-up to The Time Travelers and centers on Kate and Mr. Schock (Peter's father) as they head back in time to rescue Peter. But the antigravity machine has been fiddled with and they arrive in a different time zone, which totally messes everything up for them. Without wanting to give much away, we're now in a paradox -- how can they rescue Peter when his future has already been foretold?

The author deals with this paradox in an acceptable but not entirely unique way, by introdu
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
Ali Mac Book-Pro
It was good until the end.-ReaderDarky9

It was a complete twist, don't you think, ReaderDarky9?

It was good until they were going back home...

...And then...

It changed.

I'm looking sort of forward to book 3... THE TIME QUAKE. Anything you could say about it?

Well, let me warn you: it won't be the ending you're wishing for... it's a dark book; darker than the rest. Angry Gideon, evil Tarman, violence, despair, and death. All around.

Could you give a recommendation list for this book?

I'm not one to r
Also called "The Tar Man."

Loved it! At the end of the first book, Kate returns to her time, The Tar Man hitches a ride with her, and Peter gets accidentally left behind in 1763. When Kate and Dr. Dyer return to rescue Peter, a wrong button on the machine was pushed and they end up in 1793. Meanwhile, the Tar Man is having lots of fun wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting twenty first century.

In many ways, this is my favorite of the series.

The writing is amazing and the characters so well written!

April Knapp
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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
What an amazing read! The Time Thief is the second book in The Gideon Trilogy. It is a seamless continuation of the story found in the first book, however, I found that I enjoyed the second book a lot more.

Buckley-Archer weaves a wonderfully rich and complex tale that is beautifully written. History and science weave throughout this fast-paced story complete with secondary characters that are just as intriguing as the rest.

After a foiled attempt by Dr. Dyer to rescue his daughter Kate and her f
Andrea O'Brien
It’s a very rare treat when the second book in a series outstrips the first one. The Time Thief did it.

I went into this book with mediocre expectations. The first book was good but not great and I was expecting more of the same. I got a pleasant surprise when the expectedly linear story time took a term for the abnormal. The first hint of which you see in Gideon’s writings which filled me with both dread and anticipation.

The plot is well done, there are parts that are predictable but Buckley-Arc
Alex A.
In the story "The Time Thief", by Linda Buckley-Archer, Peter is stuck in the year of 1763, while his friend, Kate, is in the present year. The trilogy began from the book "Gideon: The Cutpurse". It begins when Kate is transported back to the present year, but is surprisingly joined by an assailant by the name of the Tar Man. While NASA is deciding whether or not they should help Peter, Kate, is taking matters into her own hands and is going to find Peter. With or without NASA. As this is happe ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jess by: Kitri
An excellent sequel to Gideon the Cutpurse (or The Time Travelers, depending on which edition you read). Like the first book in the trilogy, it gives you plenty of historical details to make you feel like you've traveled back in time with the modern day characters, and the time travel conceit makes the 18th century more accessible to a modern reader. It still feels like a dangerous place, though - especially when the characters get involved with the French revolution. The characters are really e ...more
I do love this series. Kate Dyer is determined to get back to 1763 and rescue her friend Peter Schock but when the time machine is tampered with she and Peter's dad are sent into the future 30 years -- there they meet Peter, but a 40 year old Peter who has since given up on being rescued and made a place for himself in the passed. With Kate no longer faded, but fast-forwarding through time, they must fix the broken Time Machine and get Kate and Peter's dad back to their time so they can rescue t ...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
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“Mr. Schock smiled at Peter and raised his hand into the air. Peter instinctively struck it in a perfect high five. Mr. Schock's smile transformed into a puzzeled frown.
"Joshua, how did you...?"
"Peter used to do it," said Peter swiftly.”
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