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When Luke investigates an eerie blue glow in the woods behind his house, he doesn't know what he'll find there. But a scientist, a robot Abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur, and a sassy ghost were the last things he could have imagined stumbling upon. Now as Luke and his new companions are pursued by a bickering trio of bumbling henchmen who are after the strange de ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Graphix
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Mikey Golczynski
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty damned random and that's a good thing. I laughed more than I thought I would. The art is vibrant, colorful, and quite engaging. The grief at losing one's sibling, then losing one's self is heartfelt without going into melodrama. It's a time travel/dimension hopping plot, so anyone looking for it to make any kind of logical sense can go jump into a vortex because none of it ever makes sense in any book. If there's going to be a sequel, I really hope they take the time to develop a few of t ...more
Katie Lawrence
I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Matthew Loux's Time Museum was a superb time travel story, unfortunately Time Shifters did not live up to it. I was much more interested in Luke's storyline with his brother than his random adventures with a scientist, Abe Lincoln in robot form, a dinosaur and a poltergeist. It also kind of bugged me that one of the villains strongly resembles Skeletor. Very random with a sad lack of character development, I wanted to know so much more! With all th ...more
Matt Graupman
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some YA graphic novels try too hard. It’s like they just slap together random character traits (a French-speaking cybernetic butterfly! the zombie clone of Walt Disney! etc.), stuff them into a generic sci-fi-type setting (an elvish outpost on one of Neptune’s moons? sure!), sprinkle in some rude humor, and then sit back and watch the money roll in. They’re desperate to be quirky and original but they just come off as lackluster copies of better comics. However, when it’s done well, it’s magic. ...more
Stephanie Bange
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Luke lives with the guilt of his brother’s death. While sitting on his front porch moping, an explosion nearby draws him to investigate. He spies on a trio of strange creatures (the bad guys) searching for something in the snow; they seem to find it, then leave. Luke picks up whatever it was they were looking for (they had found his flashlight that he inadvertently dropped) and the device attaches itself to his arm. The creatures return and try to capture Luke and the device after they spot him ...more
Cidney Mayes
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
An odd-ball adventure across time and alternate dimensions will that will leave readers laughing and wanting more.

Luke and his brother Kyle run into a gang of bullies on afternoon while playing in the woods. The encounter causes an accident in which Kyle dies. A year after Kyle's death, Luke sees a mysterious light coming from the forest behind his house. He suddenly finds himself in possession of a strange device and is chased by a mummy, vampire Napoleon, and a skeleton astronaut. However, Lu
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Grine, Chris Time Shifters 272 pgs. Graphix (Scholastic), 2017. $13. Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G Violence: PG13 (drowning) GRAPHIC NOVEL

Luke suffers a tragedy one day in the woods, another day he is swept away on an interdimensional time travel adventure that may be the end of him –or just perhaps just what he needs to alter the past. He meets a strange host of allies and an even stranger host of villains. Well crafted cartoon style illustrations.
This is a wild fast paced adventure
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Melanie Dulaney
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
(Review of digital download from Edelweiss Above the Treeline) The graphic novel section in my library is widely used by all students on my 4th-5th grade campus, no matter the gender, race, or academic ability so I am ever on the lookout for books in this genre that will entertain and possibly make my patrons think about what they are reading. This particular book might entertain some, but I found its delivery very awkward and the storyline difficult to follow as the dialogue jumped from the goo ...more
Stephanie Tournas
After stumbling upon a strange device in the forest, Luke finds himself catapulted into another dimension. He meets a group of fugitives who take him under their wing, and he joins their flight across dimensions and time to escape from the evil henchman who are in hot pursuit of them and the device, which is locked onto Luke's arm. Luke's compatriots are a cowboy scientist, a robot Abraham Lincoln, a shape-shifting dinosaur, and a sassy ghost named Artemis. They are on the run from an equally qu ...more
Matthew Hunter
I’m not sure if a sequel’s in the making; so, my rating reflects the merits of this book as a stand-alone work. Character development is lacking. The near-closing scene where a stagecoach loaded with good and bad guys disintegrates while racing down a mountain drags on for a painfully long time. Grine’s vibrant illustrations, especially his drawings of light reflected in eyeballs, represent the book’s strength. And the best part of Time Shifters? Grine’s depiction of the relationship between Luk ...more
Anne
I enjoyed this, overall, but there's a good bit set on a world with sentient spiders and bugs, and because this is a graphic novel, those might cause problems for readers with phobias to such things. I'm not phobic, but I found them creepy, so...

The story involves more world/dimension hopping than time travel, but it definitely reads like there will be a sequel. Also, the ending won't surprise anyone who's genre savvy. I didn't find that a drawback, and I think that the intended audience won't n
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Natalie Waddell-Rutter
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This story had a surprising amount of humor, considering it starts with Luke's brother dying in an accident. There were several times I laughed out loud reading the story, especially when they were in the bug world. The bad guys were obviously bad guys. Not only were they dead creatures, but there mean to each other. They kept blaming other party members for their mistakes to their boss to try to shift blame. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard time/dimension-travel story. At the end, Luke revisit ...more
Travis
An enjoyable and humorous adventure story that works well alone, but could be the first in a series given the amount of backstory hinted at. I think the title is a bit spoiler-ish though, given that their device is mainly used for interdimensional travel and even had its time-travel capabilities deactivated (view spoiler).
Racheal
Ok, I just meant to flip through this and instead ended up reading it in one go! It is pretty hilarious (it actually made me laugh out loud quite a few times), fun, easy to follow, and even has a surprising amount of heart. Would totally recommend to Amulet fans and kids into Raina Telgemeier who don't mind a bit more action.
Dylan
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best children's graphic novel to come out this year (2017). This will appeal to fans fo Doug TenNapel's work, Craig Thompson's Space Dumplin's, Amulet, or Bone,

It's wild, wacky, zany fun. It's bright and colourful and psychadelic. It has great and original characters and it makes for one great and visually engaging story.
Ellon
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-2019-bes
This was a decent read but there was a whole lot of pages of the main characters just falling. A lot of it was pretty random. The beginning started strong with an interesting look at grief but then the time shifting stuff started and the plot just got strange.
Darth
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast paced adventure comic (middle-grade) about a boy who gets swept up in an inter-dimensional game of cat and mouse. I hate, hate, hate time travel, but this was easy enough to follow and also very fun. It almost reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Michele Knott
Readers who enjoy other time and space travel will like this book.
Some weak transitions between story lines can make this tricky, but the visuals will help readers make connections.
I can’t find if there will be a sequel, but it seems like there’s more stories to be told.
Chelsea
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dru
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty straight forward time travel story, that delivers a satisfying ending, but still sets the path for further installments in the series. Art is the real star, with great reactions from the diverse cast of characters.
Jamie
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like the spirit of adventure, and I thought the characters' grief was well-conveyed without being heavy-handed. But there were at least 3 jokes about adult women (wives, mothers, single ladies) being disgusting, which is enough to keep it off my list.
Rachel Coyne
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great illustration and complex, engrossing story. Can't wait to read more in this story
Joshua Burns
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really interesting how they travel from dimension to dimension
Michael Francis Perez
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Too manic for me. Might be good for some boy readers out there, but there's better. I liked the plot with the brother.
Heather
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Goofy and heavy at the same time. A bit preachy for me but hopefully book club will love it!
Steve Owens
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Grine should have stuck with a sequel to Chickenhare. I did not really connect with any of the characters in this story.
Goshen PL Childrens
A fun time travel graphic novel! My keep putting it on hold!
Jennifer
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! The art and story really went well together. This was a fun read.
B
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Ok graphic- lots going on, I had trouble being interested in the plot- or the characters. The begining is dark with what happens with the older brother-
Rainbow
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uncharted-pages
Rated 4 1/2 stars
Ages 12+
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I'm sad about the ending, but the rest, amazing!
Erika
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book intermixed real tragedy with the preposterous. It had you laughing even amongst loss. I was thoroughly impressed and still chuckle from some of the jokes when I think back on what I read.
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