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The Golden Hour (Time-Travel Series #1)

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Rowan Popplewell and his younger sister Nina are sent to spend the summer with their two eccentric great-aunts in Owatannauk, Maine. Curious Rowan wants to know what is going on every sunset at the old, abandoned resort hotel on the edge of town? He soon finds out the resort is an elaborate time machine.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Harry N. Abrams
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KnowledgeGeek
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I picked up a copy of this book a couple of years ago at my local re-use it center as the synopsis on the dust cover captured my attention. However, what really piqued my interest was an inscription to a young girl named McKinlee on her 12th birthday which was March 31, 2005 according to the date her Grandma & Grandpa Ward inscribed. Each grandparent had written a lovely & personal message to their young grand-daughter. I often find inscriptions in second hand books but usually they're o ...more
Cleo
I just loved this book. It was so wonderful. So basically, the book is about a boy named Rowan, who is forced to spend his summer in a small town in Maine with his silent sister Nina. But then, along with twins Xanthe and Xavier, he explores a mysterious old hotel, that suddenly comes to life at certain hours. Suddenly, Nina disappears, and Rowan, Xanthe, and Xavier must find her. At least, that’s what the book description says. What it doesn’t tell you is that they travel back in time to the Fr ...more
Katrien
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book, not just as historical fiction, but as a story of kids growing and learning and surviving a difficult time. One of my most favorite discoveries and a favorite book to share with my students.
Stephanie
While it's nice to see some black characters in a fantasy book, the author is way too American in her perception of what life would have been like for a young black boy in Louis XVI's time. Also, many of the characters colonize the past... hello, editor, why didn't you catch this?

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After their mother’s death, Rowan and Nina are sent to their (not biological) aunts’ home in Owatannauk, Maine for the summer where they learn that the town holds the secret of time travel. When Rowan travels to Re
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Teresa
Sep 27, 2013 added it
The Golden Hour
By: Maiya Williams
Teresa

The Golden Hour is the first book of the time-travel series by Maiya Williams. In this book a boy named Rowan, and his sister Nina were invited to stay at their aunts house in Owatannauk, for the summer. Rowan and Nina soon found strange things about this little town. Their curiosity soon brought them and their new friends Xanthe and Xavier to a abandoned hotel. After looking around at the hotel something strange suddenly happened. The hotel looked new ag
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Jaemi
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is another one of those books I grabbed before it even hit the shelf at my other job. It just looked good. And it sounded rather unique. And it was.

This is a book that has a bit of something for everyone: time travel for the sci-fi lover, a place that can only be seen two hours out of a day (and the time travel) for fantasy lovers, lessons learned about life and self for the realist in us, and plain old fun and excitement for the rest.

The very beginning might take some bearing with; while
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Linda
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the beginning of the Time Travel series. I read book #3 a couple months ago and liked it a lot. However, this first book explained a whole lot of things that were a bit vague in book #3. I loved it! The author took time to adequately research the French Revolution and it was great reading about how the people felt during this terrible time in history. It seemed authentic. Marie Antoinette seems like a misunderstood person. In this book 13 year-old Rowen and his 11 year-old sister Nina, a ...more
Mindy Miller
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a cute story about time travel.

Since it's a kids' book, I thought the author would make each chapter about a different aadventure going back in time, but there is only one time-travel adventure: to the French Revolution. I got a little tired of it by the end.

I'm also not sure who I'd actually recommend this book to since the author herself seemed a little confused about her audience. The children are treated as adults throughout France (partly because one is acting as part of the bougo
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Susan
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Rowan, age 13, and his sister, Nina, age 11, lost their mother a year ago, and life has not been the same since. Their dad is drunk most of the time, and it looks like he'll lose his bakery. He hardly talks to the kids, and Nina hasn't spoken a word since her mom died.

Now Aunt Gertrude and Aunt Agatha, who they hardly know, have invited them to visit for the summer. They quickly find two friends--Xavier and Xanthe--and also discover the mysterious "Golden Hour" when the old hotel comes to life a
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Cathrine Bonham
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Home Schoolers, Time Travel enthusists.
This is an awsome Time Travel fantasy adventure. I loved every minute of it. Fast paced action keeps the story flowing rather than digressing into long sections of historical disscusion like some other books of this genre.

I Loved the Characters; especially, the two witty and intelligent Homeschoolers. Xanthe and Xavier Alexander are great examples of the benefits of Home schooling they have the curiosity to go Time Traveling and the Smarts to help them survive it. A must read for every Home Sch
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