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Posted June 4, 2013
Ho-Ho-NOOO! is a fairly typical popular-Christian Christmas stor
Ho-Ho-NOOO! is a fairly typical popular-Christian Christmas story. TJ’s family is in for a meager holiday and she takes a series of jobs to raise money to give to her father. Her best laid plans fall apart, though, and ultimately she learns the unoriginal-but-still-important lesson that Christmas is more about the gift of God than about the gifts we give one another.
I received the TJ and the Time Stumblers series (6 books in all) for my classroom, and they quickly became hits with a lot of the kids. A Christian riff on Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the Time Stumblers series features Herby and Tuna, two silly guys from the 2200’s who travel back in time to the twenty-first century in order to get some first-hand data for their history project on TJ Finkelstein, a great world leader from their past. They end up stuck with a seventh-grade version of TJ in her own time, and while they work on finding their way home they help TJ learn many of the biblical virtues and life lessons that will make her a godly and revered leader one day. My female students love that the books feature a godly heroine who, though destined for greatness, struggles with the same hardships, homework, and heartbreaks as them; and the boys get a kick out of Herby and Tuna’s antics.
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Posted August 8, 2013
Ho-Ho-Nooo!, by Bill Myers, is book #4 in the TJ and the Time St
Ho-Ho-Nooo!, by Bill Myers, is book #4 in the TJ and the Time Stumblers 6 book series—and my favorite! These are highly entertaining and engaging books. The entire series is unique in page appearance, and filled with Biblical messages.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When TJ finds out her father lost his job, she goes on a quest to raise money to give to her father for Christmas. The ‘lesson’ learned (each book conveys a Biblical message) is that there is more to Christmas than gifts.
TJ deals with the issues at hand, without having a ‘redo’ through time travel. The message is strong and powerful.
Posted July 15, 2013
Best one yet! These books are not my favorite, but once you get
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These books are not my favorite, but once you get used to them they aren't too bad. This one is my favorite so far - mainly because instead of time going backwards so everything can be redone, TJ has to learn her lesson and live with the actual results. That seems a much better way to teach a lesson than to have gadgets to get you out of the mess you (and the Time Stumblers) created.
Posted July 9, 2013
TJ Finkelstein and her friends are back for more in the fourth b
TJ Finkelstein and her friends are back for more in the fourth book of the 'TJ and the Time Stumblers' series. "Ho-Ho-Nooo!" focuses on the true meaning of Christmas, and it isn't something you can buy in a store. 23rd century time travelers Tuna & Herby are still with us (nope, no fuel for their time-travel pod yet) and they are causing as many hijinks as before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this installment, TJ works and works to make money for a special Christmas gift for her dad (she is partly motivated to beat out her sister, Violet, and partly wants to help with the household finances as her Dad has just been laid off).
TJ learns that just maybe, even in the possession-focused city she lives in, that gifts for Christmas aren't always tangible. I recommend this book and entire series.