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The Time Fetch

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock. He doesn’t know it is a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it will release its foragers too soon and alter the entire fabric of time and space. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Algonquin Young Readers (first published July 1st 2013)
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Rachel Sharpe
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, fantasy, juv, arc
Summary: Edward finds a rock that he picks up and takes to school one day. Then the windows shatter. Suddenly, time seems to racing by, and no one knows where it’s going. The world literally starts to disintegrate around them. It’s up to Edward and his rag-tag team to deliver this magical rock (sorry, “fetch”) to a safe zone before time is gone forever.

Review: It took me more than two months to finish this book. That’s really all the review it needs, but I’ll expand. I devour books, and I devour
Emily Anne
Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: BIG fans of MG... other than that not a lot of people :(
Warning: this review is very ramble-y.

I'm REALLY sorry, this was a DNF for me.

When I received this book I was super excited, despite the fact Middle Grade books and I have a love/hate relationship. The premise sounded so interesting! And, I am very fond of the cover. (Alert: Cover Snob coming your way...)

Anyway, the reason I stopped reading in that I felt the characters were flat... and two things just got on my nerves.

1. The main character knocks over a girl's purse because everyone knows tha
Tamara Richman
I went to sleep last night hugging this book, literally and metaphorically. As I was drifting off it occurred to me, that this book made me feel exactly like when Calvin took Meg's hand: warm, comforted and satisfied. The teens in this book felt so unbelievably real to me, I'm pretty sure I am or, more correctly, I was Edward in high school. And to have that realism come together with great fantasy/fairy tale fiction was amazing. Best I can describe The Time Fetch is a cross between A Wrinkle in ...more
Shae McDaniel
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed at

I almost put this book back. Looking back, I can hardly believe my own potential stupidity, but it's true. My Aussie roommate Hannah picked up The Time Fetch at BEA and offered it to me. I accepted, as it had been on my galleys-to-find list, but I had so many galleys already. If I was going to cull my stack, best to put back an MG right? I am primarily a YA blogger, after all. And I wasn't so sure I liked it.

But then I started readin
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
First Reads Review - The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick

It's been a while since I read a young adult novel, I think. I could be wrong about that, but I found this book very enjoyable, easy to read and yet with a flourish that I appreciated, that I never really felt was talking down to me or being simplified because it wasn't written for adults. The language of the book was bold and refreshing, and the characters were fun. The story itself was a bit different, too, combining science and folklore to cre
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers, Light-fluffy fantasy fans
When reviewing books I often get stuck on deciding whether to judge it as objectively as possible, or if I should take some inherent facts (intended audience, story type, etc) and let that skew my rating. In this case I've decided on the latter and have given it 3 stars.

The Time Fetch isn't particularly unique-- It borrows heavily from a lot of very common fairy tales and implements a lot of very common character types. You have the slightly cynical lazy boy, the weird girl, the shy girl, and th
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought the idea of this book was better than the execution. I didn't really like most of the characters, and Edward was the worst one to start off with his point of view. The point of views switching was a little distracting at times. But the idea of the story was fun! I almost didn't read this book, but my 10-year old said she loved it and wanted to discuss, so I averaged our star ratings to get a 3. I do like that she wants to discuss after reading, so that is pretty great! Probably this is ...more
Sarah Sammis
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Rather unlikeable characters all around with a story similar (in parts) to the much better Boggart by Susan Cooper.
P. Kirby
Anybody remember the TV series The Langoliers? The plot details escape me but I remember that the featured monsters were PacMan things that devoured time, space, and everything, and the climax depicted them on the horizon, munching away at reality as our heroes....did something....

This reminded me of that. Only swap out the legless, cavernous maws for bright, buzzy bee things. But keep the hunger for everything in existence.

The story follows four young teens: Edward, grumpy old man in the body o
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The Time Fetch follows young teens Edward (Dweebo to some), Danton, Feenix (Edith to her mother), and Brigit as they discover a stone that holds time foragers, fight to restore order to their world as the time foragers rapidly eat away at their town, and struggle to grow into themselves and discover the good in those around them.

I would only give The Time Fetch 2 or 3 stars out of 5, but I want to give a caveat right up front: I read this book right after a fantastic one, and I read it over a ve
Courtney Johnson
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway. However, besides some typographical errors and a few spacing issues, I thought this book was great.

The Time Fetch sounds like kind of a silly name, but the writing was wonderful and appropriate for a YA novel. In this book, we meet a cast of four students - Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit. There are also a few important adults, namely Ed's 'crazy aunt' Kit, who believes in appeasing the old gods and celebrating the solstice
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I seem to be on a middle grade reading kick lately. I guess I'm looking for a book that weaves a spell around me the way 'A Wrinkle in Time' or 'The Dark is Rising' did long ago. 'The Time Fetch' looked to be a good candidate as it tells the tale of a disparate group of seventh, or eighth graders, it's never specified, who are joined together to prevent the dissolution of time that their careless actions caused. I was also chuffed at it's set in Park Slope Brooklyn (I'm a sucker for books set in ...more
Charlotte Hunter
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Herrick's solid writing and appealing characters make this an initially enjoyable read, in which magic and time and youthful carelessness combine to create an unusual tale about what happens to those seconds and minutes--even hours--that most of us never notice go missing. The fetch, a small stone-like object found by Edward, is the focus of all the trouble that follows Edward's refusal to return the fetch to someone who understands it is more than a rock, and in the last quarter of the book the ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all let me preface this review by saying I really enjoyed this book. I have taught both grade seven and eight and I know that the kids at that age level would be very interested and happy to give it a go. It is reminiscent of a "Wrinkle in Time," or "When You Reach Me."

Edward, the main character, who is in grade eight, needs to find a "glacial moraine" somewhere in New York City and bring a sample to Mr. Ross's Science class as an assignment. His last minute antics leads him out the ba
Geared towards middle schoolers, this story brings together four children with very different personalities. Think Breakfast Club + Back to the Future. Because if this loner, bully, popular kid and silent child don’t come together and come up with a solution, time as we know it will come to an end.

Good characterization. Sometimes a bit too preachy with the author's philosophical points of view, which made the story drag a bit.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting combination of winter solstice lore and modern connections. Good for fans of Susan Cooper's the Dark is Rising Series - definitely middle grades rather than intermediate
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One part wrinkle in time, one part mysterious Benedict society, one part Percy Jackson, all fantastic.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
The Time Fetch is the story of four Brooklyn teenagers who come together to confront the time-eating effects of a rogue magical rock. The author, Ms. Herrick, smartly brings together the worlds of physics, metaphysics, and fairyland fantasy to create a story that is both contemporary and believable. Except when it's not.

And that's where my review has to begin: with its unevenness. There are moments of true brilliance, creativity, and emotional resonance in Ms. Herrick's story, sometimes offset b
Brittney Tyler
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children looking for a fun story!!!!!!
Shelves: personal-library
Star Rating: 4 stars

Note: As this is a middle-grade book, this will not be an extensive review. I find it hard to write complex reviews on middle-grade.

The Time Fetch is a story about 4 children-Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Bridget- who are thrown together after their science teacher gives them an assignment to find a rock from a glacial formation that is said to be located in their local park. Edward is your traditional slacker so he waits to the last minute to complete the assignment by stealin
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-reads
3.5 stars
This book is geared towards middle schoolers.
I really enjoyed reading this book! So much action, science, fairytale and folklore when into this.
It was a fast read for me.
It’s an interesting take on time and space. I thought it was going to be a time travel book but I was wrong. It deals with time but mainly what happens if time is taken from us. Everything goes into chaos.
Don’t take time for granted!
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would probably give this book 2.5 stars if Goodreads allowed it.

It wasn't terrible, and there were some fun moments, but I would not have finished the book if I hadn't been listening to it with my boys. The plot was not well-constructed, and I found the book sort of tedious in places.
Jacqueline Armas
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Not a good book, I don't recommend it.
Alex Burchnell
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute book for a teen to read. If you want something light with an interesting take on Celtic lore this is the book for you.
Many typos but a very good story line with great character development. Definitely should have a sequel.
Nerd ReaderX2
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing plot and 5 star character developement
Margo Berendsen
Several other reviewers who loved this book also mention A Wrinkle in Time; not everyone will love this eccentric romp through science and folklore and fabric of space-time but apparently fans of Wrinkle will likely be fans of Fetch, too.

Any book that can playfully toss around words like discombobulated along with serious scientific terms makes me happy down to my toes.

And eccentric characters! From Edward's very odd philosophy of life (it was all dancing atoms; nothing was real) to his Aunt K
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this book, I just didn't love the way that it was written. I think that the whole thing about time was very cool, but it just didn't quite work for me. It is a good book if you are looking for a different read.
In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

The story itself was fairly good with some really interesting concepts that were well written. The big problem I had with this book was the characters.

They were all one-dimensional, lacking any depth or interesting characteristics. They were also almost all unlikeable.

Firstly there was Edward, he is lazy, uncaring, sometimes mean and a loner. He had no qualities to draw me to him and plenty to push me away.

Then there was his friend Danto
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
The Time Fetch is a book that took a while for me to get into. I found the idea of a fetch intriguing at the start of the book and then we return to modern day to follow a group of middle or high school students. Edward is the first, who is the one who ultimately dislodges the fetch, bringing it to school, thinking it is an ordinary rock for a project in science. He’s a geek boy who wants nothing more to become invisible and just blend in. Unfortunately his neighbor Feenix seems to have differen ...more
Sara Grochowski
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick features a unique premise and a diverse group of main characters. The novel follows a group of four classmates who, though they interact daily, know very little about one another. This changes after the students are tasked with bringing a rock to school for their science class. Edward, waiting to the last minute to finish the assignment, grabs the only rock he can find on his way to school, but this isn't any ordinary rock. The rock is actually a Time Fetch, the res ...more
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Amy Herrick is the critically acclaimed author of At the Sign of the Naked Waiter and The Happiness Code. The Time Fetch, due out August 27, 2013, is her first book for young readers.

Amy lives in Brooklyn, New York. Every morning, she and her dog take a long walk in Prospect Park looking for adventure. They’ve seen and heard many wondrous things there, some of which have served as inspiration for
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