I liked the references to the late 1700s and that it dealt with the common folk instead of just the rich people. Altho it is hard to envision common f...moreI liked the references to the late 1700s and that it dealt with the common folk instead of just the rich people. Altho it is hard to envision common folk having the means to help time travellers and so it's easy to understand why Kate and Peter have to meet and be helped by the wealthy.
The first book is not as engaging as the second in the series. I also found the title Gideon the Cutpurse odd, as he is not a villain in this story, nor the ones to follow, nor is he even the main character. So I like the US title 'the Time Travelers' better. It makes more sense.
I like Kate's spunk and ingenuity in finding a way to help her family searching for the 2 children lost somewhere in history. Peter grows a lot in this story- from a jaded kid who is raised by nannies while his parents go off and enjoy their work to a boy who discovers who he is and that he can make a difference in his own life.
The story gets much more interesting in the second book!(less)
I loved how the Tar Man uses his skills from the 1700's to learn to get around in the 21st century!
I thot that having adult Peter meet his dad and get...moreI loved how the Tar Man uses his skills from the 1700's to learn to get around in the 21st century!
I thot that having adult Peter meet his dad and get to know him as a man and not just as a dad interesting. He seems to let his dad off the hook of being a horrible father too easily but as he had Gideon finish raising him, maybe Gideon's positive parenting helped to mitigate his real parents disinterest.
Still don't think it rivals Harry Potter tho!(less)
The McGurk Organization, founded by Jack McGurk, a 10 yr old sleuth, is having it's first open house to show the neighborhood what they've done and wh...moreThe McGurk Organization, founded by Jack McGurk, a 10 yr old sleuth, is having it's first open house to show the neighborhood what they've done and what mysteries they've solved.
First tho, they have to figure out who put the mice into the Headquarters and how to get rid of them so Mcgurk's mom doesn't find out about the rodents.
This is more a mystery that doesn't involve any adults. The crime is perpetrated by a kid, and the McGurk Organization uses their deductive powers to figure out who did it and why. A kid-sized mystery for kids, about kids.(less)
The story of a tween or teen who becomes dissatisfied with the lifestyle of his people. As a member of The Raft People, Dilar floats along on an under...moreThe story of a tween or teen who becomes dissatisfied with the lifestyle of his people. As a member of The Raft People, Dilar floats along on an underground raft with his family and friends on rafts close by. One day Dilar sees a cliff outcropping and on a whim, jumps off his father's raft. He finds the way to the outside world and has many adventures and makes many discoveries.
The only fault I have with the book is that it ends with Dilar just beginning his voyage back to the hill from whence he came. I would have liked to see the return journey, his people's reaction to his wild tales of 'the outside' world and their decisions afterwards.
My favorite quote: Vigan: 'Nothing is harder to believe than the truth. If it weren't so, all men would be good and kind and wise and happy.' p. 139
I think this book is for kids- gr. 5+, but the theme: home is where the heart and friends are, does put it in the ya category also.
This book deals wit...moreI think this book is for kids- gr. 5+, but the theme: home is where the heart and friends are, does put it in the ya category also.
This book deals with the harsher realities of homesteading some of which Laura Ingalls left out of her books.
Hattie Big Sky is set in the era of WW1, not the 1800's which is the usual time of American homesteading so she deals with prejudice, war bonds, and innovative inventions that make farming easier than the Ingalls had it.
Good story for those looking for historical American fiction and are finished reading the Little House series but are not yet ready for 'A Lantern In Her Hand'. (less)
Jeanne lives in the woods with her grandfather until he dies. Then she is sent to an orphanage run by nuns. Jeanne is a spirited, fiesty girl who does...moreJeanne lives in the woods with her grandfather until he dies. Then she is sent to an orphanage run by nuns. Jeanne is a spirited, fiesty girl who does not fit with the nuns' ideas of what a woman is and does. She is excited when she is told she will move to Canada as that sounds more exciting than life as a nun. On board the ship, she is taught the uses of various herbs so she can be of more use in the colony as a healer. Her friend, who also came along, is slated to marry her older relative, already living in New France and who has just lost his wife and needs a mother for his children. While on board the ship, though, she falls in love with a young man. Jeanne decides to marry this girl's relative instead. She meets her new husband on her wedding day. Then she needs to learn to live with him. While the children seem eager for a new mom and the natives that live around her accept her as a friend and healer, her new husband sees her as a burden and a wimp. How she shows him who she really is and how she learns to fit in in her adopted country makes a wonderful story of hope and courage.(less)
This is a story of a near-sighted native youth. He can't see well enough to hunt so his mother teaches him to listen closely and see things through hi...moreThis is a story of a near-sighted native youth. He can't see well enough to hunt so his mother teaches him to listen closely and see things through his ears and intelligence. On the day that all the young boys get to show their prowess with the bow and arrow and thus receive their adult name, Walnut shows his skill of being able to 'see' behind trees. He gets his adult name first, before all of his friends.
However, an adult name doesn't make him feel like a man. What will do that? He goes on a trip with an old man from the tribe and learns some secrets on his journey to manhood.
This is not an action book. There are no battle scenes, no racing across the wild west on a horse, no kidnappings. There is a rescue, though. :) The book is about a young man's feelings, actions sucesses and failures during his first few months as a 'man'.
Some of the journey with the old man confused me. The first time the man saw the beautiful scene he was on the shore of a river. The next time, he climbs down a cliff. Also how did the nearsighted boy suddenly get to see for a few minutes in this 'special' land?
This story makes you think and feel, or at least it did that for me. I,too, remember thinking when i first got to university how un-at-home i felt there and wondered how long it would be before i felt like i had grown up enough to feel like i belonged there. It happened somewhere during my undergraduate years. (less)
The series begins with a college student (David Rain) renting a room from a lady with a young daughter. Liz Pennykettle creates dragons that move. Her...moreThe series begins with a college student (David Rain) renting a room from a lady with a young daughter. Liz Pennykettle creates dragons that move. Her daughter, Lucy, loves squirrels and David helps her relocate a squirrel their neighbor hates. David, with the help of a dragon made by Liz, then writes a story about the squirrels.
In later books we find that David is really a world travellor with a mission to help ressurect the dragons on earth. He enlists the help of the Pennykettles, their neighbor Henry and his girlfriend- sometimes without their permission.
Ancient dragon legends, people who can change into polar bears, evil entities that enter earth from another world, dragons resurrecting, a world where thoughts create what people have and a library that saves that world are all part of this story.
The story starts off slowly but after book 2 or 3 gets very interesting. Book 6 is especially interesting, getting the first 4-star rating in the series from me.
Not as good as Harry Potter, this story nevertheless is engaging. I still have book 7 to read, so maybe i'll up the star level, if all the loose ends are resolved in a fantastic manner.(less)(less)
A very good story for preteens with a good message: sometimes the people who treat you unkindly have problems of their own. If they apologize, give th...moreA very good story for preteens with a good message: sometimes the people who treat you unkindly have problems of their own. If they apologize, give them another chance. (less)