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Bridge of Time

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Best friends Lee Jones and Joan Lee have a lot more in common besides their names. On the eve of their class trip, they each learn their parents are getting divorced. Ugh. The class trip is a dud, so Lee and Joan steal away to talk. What follows is an afternoon nap in a lighthouse, walking up to find the Golden Gate Bridge gone--gone!--and meeting a young man named Sam Cle ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Lisa Vegan
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: yes!!! (see review below)
Recommended to Lisa by: Manybooks
I have a too long recommended for list for the recommend to field. I can heartily recommend this book to 9 to 13 year olds (and those young at heart) who enjoy historical fiction stories and/or speculative fiction time travel stories, kids who are going through or have gone through divorce or another loss, who are ambivalent about change and/or growing up, who have an interest in San Francisco and/or San Francisco history, have enjoyed any books by Mark Twain, who are looking for a terrific frie ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable time travel book with a bit a twist. The young time travellers encountered a young Samuel Clemens.
Elizabeth Varadan
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What if you woke from a nap to discover a familiar landmark had simply disappeared? What if you could meet yourself coming and going? What if you landed splat in another time and found yourself running for your life, and more than once? In Lewis Buzbee's latest literary mystery, Bridge of Time, a school field trip leads to a journey into the past with a surprising time traveler for a guide.

On the eve of their class trip to Fort Point, Lee Jones and Joan Lee each each learn their parents are gett
Kathy Martin
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining time travel story. Lee Jones and Joan Lee are best friends but the end of eighth grade is a time of lots of changes for both of them. Changes that they are both afraid might destroy their friendship. Joan will be going off to a different high school in the fall and both sets of parents tell the kids that they are divorcing. Their different personalities have them reacting differently. Lee is more laid back; Joan is more uptight.

When the class field trip is changed from a
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Lewis Buzbee’s Bridge of Time is a compelling story about two young best friends, Lee Jones and Joan Lee. On a class field trip to Fort Point, they each learn their parents are getting a divorce. They drift apart from their class and find a lighthouse to talk over about the bad news. The long day had made it very exhausting and they eventually take a nap in the lighthouse. Upon waking up, they look out of the lighthouse windows and they see that the Golden Gate Bridge is gone. Below they see sol ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by my sister who had gotten this as a free prize from one of our library's reading programs. This was actually a pretty good read! Middle school students as well as best friends Joan and Lee are about to graduate out of the 8th grade as well as middle school. They would both go on to High school soon. When they find out that their parents are getting a divorce and that their field trip to a theme park turns into the civil war reenactment center of Fort Point, they wish life ...more
Ms. Yingling
Time travel is a hard, hard sell at my school. It's enormously helpful if the concept is combined with a topic that students like, such as baseball, or involves explosions. The beginning of this book was so languid, and the Lee Jones/Joan Lee relationship so manufactured that I stopped reading and looked up information about the author. Sure enough, Mr. Buzbee writes more adult fiction than middle grade, although his Steinbeck's Ghost was well liked by people in California. If time travel, or Ca ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A promising start peters out into dull, generic middle grade fiction in this time-travel tale set in San Francisco and featuring young Mark Twain, or rather Sam Clemens.

Joan and Lee seem interesting enough protagonists when they are introduced, and I loved the parallel-but-opposite scenes where they find out about their respective parents' divorce. Unfortunately, that is as good as the book gets. The early hints of character differences (Joan is methodical, rule-abiding, and future-focused; Lee
Brian James
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There are some adventure stories that you race through to discover what will happen next and next and next after that and all the way through to the end. The joy of those books is satisfaction that comes with being done and knowing what happened. Then there are the kind of adventure tales Lewis Buzbee writes...where even though you're desperate to know what the turn of the page will bring, you can't help yourself from wanting to linger in the world he creates.

Bridge of Time is definitely one of
Captain Awesome

I couldn't get through this book, no matter how hard I tried. I had actually started to read it once before but couldn't make it through the end then either. I had thought it was only because I was busy at the time that I couldn't get into it. But no. The synopsis sounded great. Who doesn't like time travel? But as I read, I struggled to connect to the characters because I felt they were too frustrating. At first when they were panicking about being in 1864 instead of 2012, which was totally und
I was not thrilled with this book for the first half...I was annoyed by the 'we're best friends and can communicate with LOOKS' business, but as the story picked up steam, the LOOKS slowed down.

The central metaphor of this book about time travel is that time is a river... and it's always moving forward: "It's huge and it's up to us to figure out how we fit in." A good lesson for us all.

Joan and Lee are best friends, not the most popular, and have each been given devesating news on the same night
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
A time-slip story of a boy & girl in San Francisco in 2012 who come "unstuck" in time, meet up with Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) as a young reporter, and have many exciting adventures trying to avoid racist attackers and get home. In fact, the kids are trying to get to a better time than the one they left - the best friends found out that they don't get to go the same high school, and both sets of parents just announced they were getting divorced.

The most unrealistic aspect of the story is that
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Bridge of Time, two eighth graders each receive the same news - their parents are getting divorced. The two are best friends with opposite names - one is Lee Jones and the other Joan Lee. The next day on a class field trip, they climb into the lighthouse at Fort Point in San Francisco, fall asleep, and wake up in 1864 with a young Sam Clemens. The book follows their adventures as they move through time, visiting San Francisco in many eras, and learn more about each other and themselves.

This b
Becky Keir Grace
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
I so desperately wanted to like this book, but it just was not quite there for me. We have two 8th graders Lee Jones and Joan Lee that are best friends and have almost a "twin" relationship. The can read each others faces and have a bond much more like siblings. While on a class trip they disappear into a lighthouse and come out in the year 1864 in San Francisco. They immediately meet a man names Sam Clemens (which many know who that is) and he helps them navigate through the city during the 186 ...more
Man, I'm not looking forward to discussing this one with the teens. Two big problems really kept me from getting invested in this book:

1) Anytime the plot stars moving, it's stopped dead by some character info-dumping how the time-travel plot device works. This books is a master class in how to tell not show and that's never engaging.

2) "A hoot?" "Jeepers?" This kid is so utterly divorced from every 13-year-old boy I've known from 1997 to now that I seriously question if the author has spent any
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the book, “Bridge of Time”, by Lewis Buzbee because it was relatable to my life. It’s about two middle school besties who go on a school field trip, but accidentally get lost by taking a wrong turn. They then time travel back to the summer Mark twain spent in San Francisco. I picked out this book since I just did a project on the history,construction, and importance of the Golden Gate Bridge. Then the book introduces a mystery; the bridge disappears! They don’t know where they are ...more
Kim McGee
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Take two middle schoolers who have been best friends for as long as they can remember and put them on the the wildest field trip ever. Joan and Lee are so close they understand each other with a look so when they learn that both sets of parents are getting a divorce the only people they want to talk to are each other. Instead of the amusement park the kids end up spending their field trip at a local fort and they take an opportunity to have lunch alone at the nearby lighthouse. After a quick nap ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have just finished reading this book and I think it was pretty good. I don't remember ever reading a book that included historical stuff, but after reading this book, I might do so again. I enjoyed reading this book and exploring the past and the author's ideas about what the future will be like. This book was funny at times and I really liked the plot. A little part of me wishes the book was longer, so I could still be reading it. The ending seemed a little rushed to me, but it was still good ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful story full of different view points of San Francisco through time by two eighth graders. I found myself wandering though during the read. While there are many writing techniques and themes that makes this a good read, I wonder how much editing and how many people helped with this story? I felt the influence of others.....or possibly Lewis took some time to add more over different time frames. Regardless, this is a story worth reading and sharing! I hope to read it again, it w ...more
Sharon Lawler
Change is in the air for best friends Joan and Lee of San Francisco. First, both will be heading off to different high schools in the fall, and secondly, at dinner the night before, both sets of parents announce their divorce plans. The next day, while on their eighth grade field trip, the friends sneak into the Fort Point lighthouse to get warm and to talk about their mutual family dramas. Thus, begins one wild field trip--traveling back in time to 1864 San Francisco, complete with Sam Clemens ...more
Erin (work)
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked it until the time travel started to go so, so fast--then it was just disorienting. The slower parts, that focused on the character development and the strangeness of actually being in the other times--those parts were excellent--although I couldn't help wishing that Buzbee had not used Samuel Clemens. I think it would have put more pressure on developing the actual character and been more interesting. The only thing that would have been worse was if it was Sherlock Holmes. Still, good ad ...more
Mary Sanchez
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Two best friends, Lee Jones and Joan Lee, slip away from a school field trip, scavenger hunt at the Civil War era Fort Point, which sits under one end of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. They move to roof of the fort where they can privately discuss both of their parents' impending divorces but realize the Golden Gate Bridge is missing and soon understand they are in a time travel adventure back to the times of Mark Twain when he lived in San Francisco.
Rebecca Douglass
Interesting time-travel story, though it didn't quite completely gel for me. Still, I finished it, so the story had enough grip for that. I would probably have been more willing to suspend disbelief if the author had not included an actual historical figure.

Best line: "Riders, please keep your arms and legs inside the space-time continuum at all times. And we do mean all times."

I'm not rating this one, just making a few comments.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was alright. The main "mystery" was obvious so that kinda took away from the awesomeness. Too much focus was divided with side character that rambled and lost focus to story. However, I liked the relationship with the boy an girl. Just having them as simple friends and able to communicate with a look. And was nice when their story split.
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Painfully bad writing and enough cliches to last a lifetime, but it's time travel so I had to finish. Unfortunately, the author didn't feel the need to finish the story and leaves our characters 148 years before their own time period with the promise that they'll get home. What a cop out. Save yourself the trouble and look elsewhere.
Leah Ray
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating time-travel fantasy with deeply appealing main characters. The interaction between the teenagers and Samuel Clemens is funny and moving. My only reservation was that the kids didn't know that Clemens was Twain--by their age, I think every kid has read some Twain books and learned about him.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Best friends Lee and Joan are unhappy after learning both their parents are getting a divorce, and Joan will be transferred to a new school. As they are together taking a nap on one of the most boring field trips of their lives, they wake up in the year 1864. They then meet a famous person from history and realize the “time” they wil now be spending together will be anything but boring.
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had great hopes for this book, but it didn't pan out. The story is bogged down by the efforts of the author to write in a cute or intriguing fashion. It just doesn't t develop, and I never felt any attachment for the characters. The idea of time travel as used in this book just isn't believable either. Oh well, I'm still looking for great science fiction for middle grades.
Laura Phelps
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
Best friends Joan Lee and Lee Jones accidentally travel back in time to 1864 San Fransisco, where they meet Sam Clemens (e.g Mark Twain). It’s an entertaining read, and would be especially so for those with familiarity with San Fran’s landmarks and neighborhoods.
Heather Hill
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought the book had some interesting plot twists and I thought the storyline was clever. However at times it got a little boring. I think overall if the book was maybe shorter it would have been better.
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Lewis Buzbee is a fourth generation California native who began writing at the age of 15, after reading the first chapter of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Since then he’s been a dishwasher, a bookseller, a publisher, a caterer, a bartender, and a teacher of writing. He and his wife, the poet Julie Bruck, live with their daughter Maddy in San Francisco, just half a block from Golden Gate Pa ...more
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