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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  26 reviews
2019 Bank Street College of Education's "Best Children's Books of the Year" 

Peter Lerangis, the New York Times bestselling author of the Seven Wonders and Max Tilt series, returns with an electrifying new trilogy about a boy who discovers that he alone may be able to alter the course of history.

Corey Fletcher has an active imagination. He sees things no one else does. Cra
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by HarperCollins
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Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Liz Friend
The story: When Corey learns he's inherited the family ability to travel through time, he also finds out that he's a "throwback"--one of the few time travelers with the ability to alter the past and thereby affect the future. His first mission: to rescue the grandmother he's never known, who died on 9/11. What he doesn't expect is to find himself stranded in 1917, being hunted by the street gangs of New York, or rescued by an unexpected cowboy named Quinn...

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; V
Ms. Yingling
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Corey and his friend Leila live in New York City near Central Park West with their families. Corey's grandfather, Papou, hasn't been around for a while because he has gone to Canada, and Corey misses him. His grandmother was killed in one of the Twin Towers during 9/11. When a picture from Leila's aunt causes Corey to hallucinate that he has traveled back in time, he soon finds out that it is not a hallucination-- Papou is a member of the Knickerbocker club and ha
Jennifer Hill
Corey is living in New York and has a best friend Laila. He comes to find out he can touch objects and travel in time. They need to have some metal in them. His grandfather who has been missing for over a year, suddenly shows up to talk to Corey because he too can time travel and as Corey has traveled back in time accidentally he saved someone's life and changed history! He is called a throwback, which means he not only can travel time, but he can change history. Corey's grandmother died during ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Started out with so much promise but then it lost me with that weird character chasing them in the park, half cat half rodent or whatever it was.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thirteen-year-old Corey Fletcher discovers the actual existence of time traveling and that he has a genetic link to do so through his paternal grandfather. When his first accidental traveling leads him to change the present, he discovers that he a special traveler called a “Throwback” for their unique ability to change history while the others cannot. His first mission as a Throwback comes at the request from his grandfather to rescue his grandmother from the events of September 11, 2001. His ha ...more
Joe Kessler
I love the character interactions and the depiction of historical New York City in this middle-grade time-travel adventure, but it's maybe a bit overstuffed with plot. (The hero is nominally trying to save his grandmother from dying on September 11th, but he spends most of the narrative stuck in 1917.) There are also a few talking animals, which are technically explained yet feel far wackier than anything else in the story. And I'm not convinced that the ending is wholly earned, nor that some da ...more
Trisha Perry
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corey has a wild imagination, he actually thinks he sees things that aren't there. But when he travels back in time using a picture a friend of his has. When he accidentally saves a life in the past and finds his grandpa he start to learn the rules of time travel and how special he is.

This book is action packed. full of twists, turns, suspense, and surprises that will keep even the most reluctant of reader engaged. The characters are believable and fun. This book tests the authors knowledge of N
If you think about the time travel mechanics in here too hard it all falls apart, but overall this is a fun, adventurous read about a kid who can travel through time and change the past. When Corey tries to travel back in time to save his Grandmother, who died in 9/11 before he was born, an accident sends him back to 1917 with no way of getting back to 2019. Throw in his best friend in 2019 frantically looking for him, and a grandfather who can also travel in time, and this is an engaging story ...more
This series opener by Peter Lerangis is a fast paced adventure. There are some bizarre things you just have to accept and move on, like the side effects of too much time travel. You somehow turn into an extinct animal from earth's past. Umm...ok. I'll go with it for now. Corey's adventures in 1917 are pretty intense, and he comes close to death more than once. Fans of adventure and time travel will enjoy this one!

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This is a fun opening to a trilogy about a kid who can travel through time and also change history. Some of the dialogue was a bit disjointed and awkward, but overall the plot was highly engaging and kept you turning pages as fast as possible to find out how the story would end. There are often gaps and unresolved issues in time travel books, but this one makes sense and is believable even with characters transforming into animals... A great book to recommend to students who enjoy action and adv ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
First in a new trilogy by Lerangis.
Everyone thinks Corey has an active imagination. He sees people who aren't there and sees other times. He learns that he indeed does see things from other time periods and is a time hopper. In fact, he's a rare, potentially one-of-a kind time hopper who can change history. He accidentally does this twice during the first book.
Much of the book is setting background for the story. Readers meet the characters and see them interact. They also experience several tim
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I really like the premise of the book. After reading the first third I was ready to give it 4 stars but the quality of the middle third of the book is not as good as the first third and the last third. Once I got past the middle, it got better again. I am still curious enough about the premise of the book to want to read the second book in the trilogy.
A. S.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Received this as a Goodreads Giveaway. Definitely liked it; pacing was really good and an interesting concept. But the ending was kind of disappointing in that a lot of the action was really rushed. I've seen reviews stating this is the start of a trilogy, so maybe these plot points will be continued, but as a standalone, it's a fairly good read as well. ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's definitely middle grade young adult fiction. I mean, not all the dialogue or the characters were super realistic, but this was a very interesting and engaging book. I had a hard time putting it down.

**I received an advance copy to review**
3.5 stars rounded down to 3.
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great intermediate level book!
Julie Westrick
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of actions and several storylines that all come together at the end. It also leaves room for future adventures for Corey and Leila.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, lib19
fun New York city time travel
Oct 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-new
Too many loose ends... guess stuff gets explained in the next book, but I'm not sure I'll have the patience for all these jumps and stuff.
It's not you, book, it's me... 🤷🏻‍♀️
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Fun time travel adventure. Good blend of recent historical events with older ones.
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This children's sci-fi had an interesting premise but failed to draw me in. A good choice for a young reader. ...more
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fantasy, mystery, time travel, 911, violence
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read
Terri M.
I really wanted to like this, but it felt superficial to me. The characters had little depth and what could have been a great emotional story and teaching moment (relationships, regrets and the tragedy of 9/11) just skates by.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Lerangis's work includes The Viper's Nest and The Sword Thief, two titles in the children's-book series The 39 Clues, the historical novel Smiler's Bones, the YA dark comedy-adventure novel wtf, the Drama Club series, the Spy X series, the Watchers series, the Abracadabra series, and the Antarctica two-book adventure, as well ghostwriting for series such as the Three Investigators, the Hardy Boys ...more

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