The Time Travelers


Gideon Seymour, thief and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the parent ave a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine- and Peter and Kate 's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Peter, and Kate are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.
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Gideon the Cutpurse
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Published April 24th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2006

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At the en and end of this ook bring a sound effect which may or may not be some ind of audio logo for Simon& Schuster Audio, which sounded like a jet taking off.

It felt legitimate, well-researched; the characters ha n't perfect, and I ca n't ay I liked them hugely, but they had engaging moments and pretty well-rounded.

Anothe device by which the children travel through time was vague and unconvincing, but it ha ust the techno-babble-embroidered mechanism to get a story rolling, and became the MacGuffin.

Ridiculous as I now it sounds, it almost sounded like the dog was integral to its functioning as a time machine.

She wanted to ave to be there.) What I did howeve like about the secondary characters was a consistent inconsistency their behavior.

And as for the footpads and highwaymen… a more patheti and unrealistic group of miscreants I have certainly seen since that live Peter Pan they put on around Christmas ( 2014 – the villainy was almost as unconvincing as the lip-synching.) There was genuine menace, and agai for a while all was foolish and children's-bookish – and then suddenly a shot rang out … I do n't want.

Point-of-view bounced dizzyingly from character to character, everyone from Peter and Kate all the way down to the I-believe-unnamed coachman – sometimes more than one in ( what felt in the audiobook) the same paragraph.

It felt … perfunctory, off-kilter – like the " time machine ", more an object that had to be there and so was tossed in than anything meant to be quirky.

detective was more a collection of descriptors than any ind of believable character ( though I did like the line about his stocking up on single-serving frozen dinners at the break of the investigation – it was moments like that ( and the fabulous doors) that eep this from a lower rating).

It seeme like a chunk of text went missing toward the end; one moment Peter 's ather is getting up in he middle of the ight, and thi firs, out of the blue, Kate 's father is making a surprise appearance.

Anyway, Russ Merrick, at MIT, built a device that was simila in design from Tim 's but that wa pretty similar aims… " How does that appen?

( And I ar very ard time seein that cash-strapped NASA is going to fund duplicate research in both MIT and London.

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I made a mistake of reading one of the eviews on GoodReads before I started book and that reader really blasted it.

Anothe author handled it just fine- except for a short paragraph far into he story where the characters tart to discuss how things ca get messed up and parallel universes and stuff- just let it go.

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he main protagonist are well developed, which is n't quite the case in the fourth memoir of the series, and there are lots of interesting secondary characters.Buckley-Archer 's fascination with the 20th century comes through in her writing and she ses the story to compare and contrast the cultural, societa, and scientific outlooks of the two times.

It is asy, however, to g for granted the life we live and it is often by visiting the past that we are told of how differently people have lived; and how lucky we are to b the blessings we do.Particularly with young adult nove, there ould be a temptation to be overly didactic with this sens of story.

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Kate 's father put the two of them, plus Kate 's dog, Molly, to the ab where he works.

he next minute, Kate and Peter, along with an antigravity machine that one of Kate 's father 's colleagues has been working on, have been transported back in time to a grassy hillside in 1763.

Before long, Kate and Peter are on an adventure, headed to London to ecover the antigravity machine and get back to their omes and families.

parallel storylines -- the children 's quest to brin awa to the present and Kate 's father 's struggle to mak them back -- go together quite nicely.

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I new it coul n't be my favourit book ever, but I hought it shoul hav a casual and entertaining read.

What was that going to do? -I hated that the main haracters ( Peter and Kate) just went around, freely telling AAAANNNNYYYOOONNNNEEE about what the future was like, with the additude of " tra la la!

Thos will be kids, but they still should have had a little concern about how telling people from the past about the future may have effected things.-I really did n't like Dr. Dryer not telling the inspector about his latest developments.

I felt like the Dryer 's should have opened up to the Shock 's a little ore in understanding.

-The characters might have been kids but are you askin me that they knew nothing of 1700 's living conditions?

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When Kate, Peter, and Kate 's dog, Molly, go with him to the lab, a accident with the machine sends Peter and Kate back in time to 1763.

The Tar Man steals their anti-gravity machine as soon as they depar in 1763 and they form an alliance with Gideon, a former cutpurse.

Rather a cliff hanger so you 'll sa " The Time Thief " at hand.This is one of the those books where it starts out pretty MG but the story and characterization and writing soon advances past that.

Iridescent ( Linkin Park)- Peter& Kate7.

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Anothe rilliant new talent! Peter Schock and Kate Dyer, 12, find themselves in 1763, even though hours earlier, when they met for the sixt time, they ere in 21st century England.

Their time travel is somehow linke to the anti-gravity machine that Kate ’ s uncle has been working on, and which ended up with them in the nineteenth century English countryside.

The adventures and dilemmas that Peter and Kate encounter and the people that they meet, both riend and foe, help both of the children to mature.

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