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Time Sight

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Castles, battles, the ancient Scottish Highlands, and a boy who is determined to bring everyone safely home combine in this absorbing middle grade time-travel adventure.

Will's mother is in danger overseas, and his father must find her, so Will and his little brother are packed off to relatives in Scotland. Will feels useless. He can't save his mother. He can't help his fat
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Pippa DaCosta
An owlcrate read for my daughter (age 9). She usually tears through the Owlcrate reads but this one she hasn’t been able to finish. (She continues to rave about The Twelve) In her words, it’s boring. I’m just the messenger here. Each to their own.
Kelly Lyn
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
read this aloud to my kids. the chapters were dragged out. Nan was especially annoying!
Ms. Yingling
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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Will and his young brother Jamie are unceremoniously packed off to visit an aunt in Scotland when their mother, who is in a war-torn country helping out, is in danger and their father must go rescue her. Not much explanation is given, and soon the two are on a plane and then staying with their aunt and cousin Nan. The Scottish country side is interesting, and Will hopes to be able to explore. When he does, Jamie's Magic Eye book has mysterious consequences. When trying t
Michelle Spencer
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever wish Outlander was more kid-friendly? Time Sight is for you! Time travel to ancient Scotland with the Menzies children. There’s still plenty of men in kilts (though perhaps not the steamy attractive kind you’ll find in Outlander), Scottish history, castles, battles, and none of the R-rated content! I love how this book walked through much of Scottish history - literally, thanks to Will’s talent. It was a fun way to educate readers while taking them on a grand adventure. The writing style is ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was SUCH a good read. Long enough to really give you a good taste of adventure and danger and the characters but it didn't outlast itself. Also, the ethical ruminations felt very true to life and so apropos at times that I felt like crying. Sometimes all you can do is just light a small candle.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book so much! It gave me the best vibes.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
Young cousins time-traveling around their ancestral Scottish castle? Yes, please and thank you.
hallie bertling
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book was stressful. well-written. great. and full of hope.

here's what stressed me out:
(mostly all the people, or dogs, who insisted on running through the barrier; unsafe!!)

here's what was great:
i would totally recommend this book to any history nerd you have in the house.
our three main characters thoroughly explore their ancient family history in scotland: copper age, the romans, bronze age, and more.

the dangers were real.
the emotions were real.

and my fave thing abo
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Scotland, this middle grade novel gets us twisted up in a bit of a time pretzel. Will tries to see the picture in his brother's Magic Eye book and finds himself opening a window to the past. As he practices this new skill of "time sight," he is dismayed to see his little brother Jamie run into the past and disappear. Will and cousin Nan hatch a plan to rescue him and it is the first of many forays into the past. Will is dismayed by the violence he witnesses in each visit, sometimes direct ...more
Teresa Osgood
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
First I saw the author's name on the spine. Then I read the blurb. Time travel in a Scottish castle? I was hooked. I didn't notice until I sat down to read it that the castle in question was Castle Menzies. That's my castle! I mean, I haven't been there yet, but my grandmother was a Menzies, so we claim a connection to it. Thank you, Ms. Jonell, for the tour and the history lesson, for a story both exciting and uplifting, and for not correcting the pronunciation until the afterword! We must be r ...more
Anna Dart
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Choice book 1 quarter 3

Time sight is written by Lynne Jonell and is a fantasy book.

Time sight takes place in an area surrounding Castle Menzies in Scotland, both in the present day and in the past.

The main character's are Nan, Jamie and Will.

Will is a 12/13 year old boy who's parents are across seas and he has to watch over his little brother Jamie. He has this magical powers, where he is able to see into the past with a book and without a book. He learns to use it, but not for a good purpose
This was a 3.5, and I enjoyed the mix of time travel and a touch of Scottish history. Twelve-year-old Will and his precocious five-year-old brother Jamie are sent to stay with relatives in Scotland while his father is involved in bringing his mother home. Will is angry about her decision to offer her help to those in a country experiencing political turmoil and worried about her and whether she will be able to come home safely. His cousin, Nan, is friendly, welcoming, and up for any sort of adve ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I think this might be one of the best middle grade novels I've read this year. Wow.

For someone who loves Outlander (both the book- and televisionseries) I was hoping to find something similar but for a younger age group. Well, that's exactely what this is. I'd say it is Outlander for middle grade children.

When Will and Jamie's mother is taken hostage, their father has to travel to go and get her. He puts the brothers on a plane to Scotland to go and live with cousin Elspeth, cousin Ewen and Na
Elizabeth Mellen
This was just ok for me. I could see it being more fun to a lower middle grade child, though, like I think I might read it aloud to my 6 year old later. I LOVE time travel, so when this was included as a club read for book battle and I saw the synopsis - Time travel, Scottish highlands, middle grade - I was very excited for it. As I read, it wasn’t what I expected and his time travel method was really neat. I think it gave a cute easy introduction to the few historical times they visited, that m ...more
Kate Waggoner
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
I love historical fiction, so I was skeptical about mixing time traveling into the story. However, I really enjoyed this story. It was engaging and fun and though time travel was involved I was still able to become fully immersed in the historical worlds of Scotland. I actually liked that the time traveling allowed multiple time periods to be explored. All the worlds and time periods were masterfully tied together with an underlying topic: violence. Will Menzies is struggling with violence in ou ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Time Sight is an absorbing and speedy middle grade reader but one that I fear might struggle to find its audience. The book struggles to strike the right tone, constantly flipping back and forth between a jolly adventure to deep dives into themes of the psychological impact of trauma, mankind’s tendency towards violence, and sudden intervals of intense religiosity. The right reader will no doubt find it a blast, but sensitive readers might feel overwhelmed while older and cannier readers will qu ...more
Joseph Leskey
A very fun book, this. Even though I have, by the logical extrapolation of my knowledge and intuition, decided that time travel to the past, is, as the Hungarians have it, lehetetlen, time travel remains to my most excellent and humble self an intriguing and noteworthy concept, one that intrigues and is worthy of note.

Accordingly,† as this book incorporates a very engaging expression of this ancient concept, I was very happy with it—quite pleased, I might say.

Furthermore,†† the writing was rathe
Debbie Tanner
This adventurous story is about Will, who is packed off to Scotland with his younger brother, Jamie, so that his dad can go and rescue the mom, who is being held against her will in another country. The details on that part of the story are sort of sparse, because the big story is that Will and Jamie can time travel. When they arrive in Scotland, Jamie has been given a Magic Eye book and when Will looks at the pictures, a time portal opens up. At first, he has no idea how to control it but has t ...more
This was an enjoyable, okay read for me. I just didn’t connect with it as much as I had hoped I would. I was very intrigued by the way time travel was used and explained throughout the book. I enjoyed seeing all the different time periods that were visited and all the different characters that we meet. But, the underlying commentary on mankind’s violent history and how we never learn and keep repeating ourselves got to be a bit too much for me at times. I understand what the author was trying to ...more
The Marvelous Ms. Kaia
This wasn’t bad, but I would never recommend this. It’s about a boy named Will who goes to Scotland and finds out he can travel through time. I found a lot of the characters to be annoying and pushy, so that was a fail. There is a difference between complex characters and ill mannered ones. Nan was constantly trying to force Will to go back in time, Jamie was a brat, and I didn’t love the aunt. I understand the author did it on purpose for some of them, but it didn’t work out. Also, the plot dra ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 3-star
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Laura Mauro
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
*I got this book for review for my honest thoughts*

I really did like this middle grade read. I really did love the dynamics between the siblings made the book such a fun read. I also loved how she crafted time travel overall. The plot was sometimes hard to follow and I sometimes was confused about what time period we were in but overall it was super fun adventure story that pulled a lot from real history that I really enjoyed. I found the book plot to be not as smooth as want and wanted it do mo
Toya Taylor
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a story about Will and Jamie who have to stay with family in Scotland while their dad goes to find out what is going on with their mother. (A missionary) While at Castle Menzies, the family castle, Will finds out that he has a thing called Time Sight. At first him and cousin Nan was looking in the past for fun until Jamie goes back in time. Will and Nan have to figure out how to rescue Jamie as well as helping out their ancestors.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great story! And a great way to learn about history! I read this aloud to my 12 year old son. We just happen to be studying the Middle Ages, and this book covers that time period as well as others in Scottland, all from the real Menzies Castle. There is a wonderful Afterword that talks about all the historical aspects of the book.
As per son - 4.5 for the story, 5 stars for the afterword
Hannah Belyea
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Stuck living with family in Scotland while his father goes to help their mother overseas, Will quickly finds that he has the ability to open windows through time - but when his little brother hops through one, he and his cousin Nan are thrust into a terrifying adventure across Scottish history. Jonell will excite readers with a creative and heartfelt tale, though certainly one not for the faint of heart. Can Will and Nan save Jamie and figure out how to get home before their family notices?
Donna Dobihal Smith
Engaging, enchanting, absorbing, suspenseful, clever, thought provoking, a full cast of believable characters in settings readers will want to visit, this time-travel historical science fiction (or fantasy, depending on who you talk to) will grab kids, shake them up, and not let go until the very last page! I absolutely could not put this down. Highly entertaining and an excellent choice for book clubs and Battle of the Books!
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This time travel story should leave kids with lots to think about. The characters jump to different times in their family history, and excellent end notes explain what really did happen and how it relates to the author. The protagonist's musings about responsibility, family, and violence are easily incorporated into this page-turner with plenty of action and danger.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Goodreads winner!

Story about two brothers who travel to Scotland to stay with an aunt while their parents are out of touch. When Will discovers that he can time travel using the book his brother bought, history comes alive for them and their cousin Nan. What they find is that traveling back through time and seeing some of the battles and hardships people faced is not so fun after all. What happens if they get stuck in that time?
Good book for those who love to read about history.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Charming enough, but a little flat. An American of Scottish descent visits the ancestral homeland and discovers that he can open time portals and visit other points in the history of his family's castle. Some cool action and peeks into history, but ultimately feels a little heavy on "lesson" and a little light on interesting characters.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
If you want a lesson in writing descriptive sentences, this book is for you! Her writing is beautiful to read, but it was wordy to read out loud to my son. I could have shortened this book by at least 100 pages. But I enjoyed learning about Scotland and it’s history.

Seems like we have read lots of time change books lately. Is kind of like a grown up Magic Treehouse book for older readers.
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Lynne Jonell is an author (and occasional illustrator) of sixteen books for children, from picture books to novels for ages 8-12, all with an element of fantasy: magical hamsters, talking cats, tiny planes with a secret fuel, rodents with special powers, and more. Her novel Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat won the Minnesota Book Award; her latest book, The Sign of the Cat, is a swashbuckling ...more

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