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Posted August 31, 2013
"Yikes!!!" is the 6th (and I believe, final) book in t
"Yikes!!!" is the 6th (and I believe, final) book in the "TJ and the Time Stumblers" series by Bill Myers. Like the previous 5 books, "Yikes!!!" follows the crazy, wacky adventures of TJ and her 23rd century companions, Tuna and Herby, as they navigate junior high life with futuristic gadgets and inventions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In this volume, the gang spends a majority of time somewhere in the African jungle (thanks to some future transporting gizmo), and TJ learns some valuable lessons about leadership, humility, and having a servant's heart. Although I still find the books fairly obnoxious at times, I must say, this was my favorite book, as the lessons TJ learned are very applicable for the intended reader, and although her predicaments may not be typical, the internal struggles she has are very relatable. Additionally, I've mentioned in previous reviews how annoyed and bothered I was by the plethora of boyfriend/girlfriend, "he's hot," and "she's a babe" vocabulary in the books, so I was pleasantly surprised by the conclusion of this book and the series, and one final lesson TJ learns.
For these reasons, I'm going to go ahead and give "Yikes!!!" 4 stars! :)
Posted August 14, 2013
Crazy Happenings, Always Unexpected. Awesome books for young rea
Crazy Happenings, Always Unexpected. Awesome books for young readers. They are full of impossible things happening, and are quite imaginative. You can never guess what will happen next. TJ is a girl who learns a lot about leadership. She has good Midwestern manners, unlike the Malibu girls. Some apt comments appear about typical celebrity wannabes, all in fun, of course. My favorite part is the texting withdrawals. I think the author jumps out of the story too much in this one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2013
The 6th and final book in the "TJ and the Time Stumblers&qu
The 6th and final book in the "TJ and the Time Stumblers" series, 'Yikes!!!' is a fun ending to this great series. Set mostly in the African jungle (three guesses how they got there), Tuna and Herby almost have everything they need to get back to the 23rd century. TJ is finally seeing some truth to her future as a great world leader, stepping up to lead the way for her science class to get out of the jungle and rescue Hesper Breakahart as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Full of the typical catastrophes that happen when you hang out with Tuna and Herby, TJ realizes that strength of character might be one of the most important factors in a friendship....and that she just might miss Tuna and Herby after all.
Posted June 25, 2013
It's a little sad the adventures of TJ, Tuna, and Herby are endi
It's a little sad the adventures of TJ, Tuna, and Herby are ending, but this book stays true to the flavor of the other books in this series. Tuna and Herby offer up the same misguided "help" that results in unending catastrophes while TJ continues to develop into the person she will become. Similar to the other books, the language in this one is entertaining and silly, the futuristic gadgets are cool, and there is a valuable lesson for TJ to learn. This lesson is about how a great leader is also a great servant to others. TJ learns about being a leader while trying to rescue herself and her classmates from an accidental journey to Africa. Overall, this series offers a lot to readers, especially kids. I would recommend reading the other titles first so the conclusion of the series is more meaningful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2013
Yikes!!!: Just as Herby and Tuna are finally ready to travel hom
Yikes!!!: Just as Herby and Tuna are finally ready to travel home, they accidental transport themselves, TJ, and some of TJ’s fellow students to Africa. In this final ordeal, TJ must summon the valuable lessons she has been learning and start to act like the leader Herby and Tuna say she will become. Needless to say, she displays remarkable leadership skills and everyone comes through with flying colors. TJ finally bids farewell to the zany boys from the future and can get back to life as a normal teenager…sort of.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.