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by Steve Young
     
 

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It's not that
Casey Little is always late.

It's just that everything starts a little too early.

But when Casey discovers a weird little time machine, he figures he'll never be late again. Unfortunately, it's not a very good time machine. It can only go back 15 minutes. And it seems to have a mind of its own.

Still — what could

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Overview

It's not that
Casey Little is always late.

It's just that everything starts a little too early.

But when Casey discovers a weird little time machine, he figures he'll never be late again. Unfortunately, it's not a very good time machine. It can only go back 15 minutes. And it seems to have a mind of its own.

Still — what could possibly go wrong?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Erin Pelletier
Casey Little is always late. He is even two chapters late for his own book. This is a hilarious look into Casey's life when he discovers his Grandfather's watch is actually a 'go-back,' or a time machine, that whisks Casey back fifteen minutes whenever he needs a second chance. He can use it to impress the girls in his class by saying just the right thing, after several practices. He can use it to ace a history test or put himself in the perfect position on the football field to make himself the game hero instead of the water boy. Casey's story is witty and entertaining, and the book is formatted creatively to reflect the fast pace and humor in the writing. The 'go-back' helps Casey stand up to his bullies and discover that popularity is not everything. Using the 'go-back' also shows Casey that his actions affect other people, and that some things are left better untouched.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Seventh grade would be easier, Casey figures, if he could just be on time for things-classes, football practice, even breakfast. When he finds his grandfather's old watch in the attic, he puts it on, but like most of Grandpop's inventions, it doesn't seem to work right. Then, Casey discovers that he can't take it off. Grandpop's notebook reveals that the watch is actually a time machine that can transport its wearer 15 minutes into the past. At first Casey is delighted, and he uses the Go-back's powers to enhance his coolness rating with the popular girls and to outsmart a bully. However, he soon realizes that altering the past has serious implications. Tests are easy when you can check the answers and then "go-back" and adjust your own. Football stardom is assured if you already know where the ball will go. But what happens when time-hopping affects other people? Casey then has to decide if he wants to be a hero at someone else's expense. Written in breezy first-person style with lots of side comments to readers, this lighthearted story combines science fiction, sports action, and raucous humor with a strong underlying message about personal responsibility and honesty.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Imagine being able to go back in time-just 15 minutes-to undo something you did or said. That's what seventh-grader Casey can do with his grandfather's old watch. It allows him to say the right thing instead of the wrong thing to girls, to elude a bully's daily dunking and to be at the right place in the right time on the football field. This engaging premise is tricked out with a snappy cover, obtrusive design, inclusion of familiar boy-author names, and occasional opportunities for the reader to add to the story-but it doesn't need those bells and whistles. Casey is an appealing and well-developed character, the plot moves along swiftly, once it gets going, and the story ends happily with our hero beginning to understand the bully as well as to cope with his bullying ways. An easy sell for fifth- and sixth-graders. (Fiction. 10-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060725082
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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15 Minutes


By Steve Young

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Steve Young
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060725095

Chapter Three

I Finally Show Up

Casey Little here. Sorry about making you wait. I really wasn't paying attention to the time. The problem is, I never do. I'm late. I'm late all the time.

People say I got it from my grandfather Jesse. My late grandfather Jesse. My mother complains that I'd be late for my own funeral. I wonder if my grandfather showed up on time for his, though to tell you the truth, I wouldn't show up at all for mine.

Mom is right about me never being on time. That's why I'm just writing this now. I would've started earlier but -- well, you know.

One day, about a month ago, something happened so unbelievably timely that my entire world was turned upside down. Not that Australia was on the top and we were on the bottom, but it felt that way.

It all started very, very quietly.

Continues...


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