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Disney's Dream (Blast to the Past Series #2)

Disney's Dream (Blast to the Past Series #2)

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by Stacia Deutsch

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A world without cartoons? No way!
It's Monday again, and for Abigail, Jacob, Zack, and Bo, that means it's time-travel Day! This week the kids can't believe their luck: They're going to meet Walt Disney!
But when they jump back to the past, they discover that Mr. Disney wants to quit instead of making the first animated movie with sound.


A world without cartoons? No way!
It's Monday again, and for Abigail, Jacob, Zack, and Bo, that means it's time-travel Day! This week the kids can't believe their luck: They're going to meet Walt Disney!
But when they jump back to the past, they discover that Mr. Disney wants to quit instead of making the first animated movie with sound. Abigail and her friends can't let that happen: Without his first movie, there wouldn't be all those other awesome Walt Disney movies or a Disney Channel on TV! But how can the kids get Mr. Disney to follow his dream -- and keep their mission top secret?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is Monday, which means it is a time travel day for Abigail, Bo, Zach, and Jacob, in this second entry in the "Blast to the Past" historical fiction through time travel series. Mr. C., one of their teachers, has invented a computer that facilitates time travel. The only problem is that the famous people who scheduled to be visited seem to be giving up. In this offering, the foursome visit Walt Disney on September 18, 1928, the day he is trying to record synchronized sound on the movie Steamboat Willie, in which the beloved Mickey Mouse is first introduced. Things are not going well in the recording studio; when the fourth recording tube pops, Mr. Disney calls it quits because he is out of money. The children intervene, bringing him on a quick trip to the future so he can see that he must persevere, all the while trying to keep their presence in the theatre a secret from Abigail's older sister who works there. This is a breezy story with some interesting history woven in. If readers can accept the premise that a teacher would send these four youngsters off on these excursions to the past, they are in for an exciting ride. Characterization is light. There is a minor subplot revolving around the animosity between Abigail and her older sister, CeCe, which neither adds to nor takes away from the main plot. David Wenzel's humorous drawings should help bring the story alive for young readers. A brief addendum includes a photo and facts about the theatre where Steamboat Willie was first shown and a brief explanation about which parts of the story are true and which are not. 2005, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 7 to 10.
—Peg Glisson
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
When a hole opened up, history club members Abigail, Jacob, Bo, and Zack dove into it! Belonging to the school’s history club offers them enriching time travel experiences. This book is the third in the “Blast to the Past” series and the club members get to travel back to the year 1928 to meet Walt Disney. Disney is discouraged by failed attempts to add sound to pictures and is ready to give up his dream. However, the history club members band together with just enough time to get Disney to move forward and keep history as it should be. The author’s clever way of allowing school children a unique method of time travel by diving into a hole is sure to engage young readers seeking adventure. The story also offers readers the opportunity to see how conflicts between siblings and other kid characters can work out for the best and it shows that different personalities can work together to accomplish something positive. The history element enhances the desire to learn more about history from the past. Ten chapters move quickly to action with a steady pace that is believable. A desirable conclusion allows for that ah-ha moment. Several black and white drawings add to the tale. This book works well as a supplemental text to history lessons. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 7 to 10.

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Publication date:
Blast to the Past Series , #2
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5 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Blast to the Past

Monday Morning

The car screeched to a stop in front of West Hudson Elementary School.

“Hurry up, Abigail,” my sister commanded. “You’re going to be late to meet your teacher.”

I checked the dashboard clock. I had plenty of time. CeCe just wanted to get rid of me.

I leaned over to tie my shoe. Not because it needed to be tied, but just to bug her.

I peeked in my backpack to make sure that the time-travel computer was hidden safely inside. I looked inside my homework folder. Then, I took out my coin purse and counted my money. I put the coin purse back and finally zipped up my backpack. After all that, I slowly opened the car door and stepped out onto the sidewalk.

The instant I closed the door, CeCe sped off, leaving a cloud of dust behind her.

I was brushing off my pants when my friend Bo came up beside me.

Bo’s real name is Roberto. He’s the new kid at school.

“Hey, Abigail!” Bo pointed at the car. We heard the tires squeal as CeCe left the parking lot. “What’s your sister’s rush?”

“CeCe got her driver’s license this year,” I answered. “Mom lets her drive the car because she works at a movie theater after school.” I slung my backpack over one shoulder.

“Oh, yeah. I see her there all the time. The Happy Times Movie Theater,” Bo said, tipping his own backpack onto its wheels. “I like that place. On Mondays, they charge nineteen-twenties prices.”

“Yeah. Well, Mom said since CeCe has the car today, she had to drop me off early this morning. There is nothing CeCe hates more than driving me places.”

“Does she always zoom off like that?” Bo asked. He was talking pretty loudly—for Bo. He used to be so shy and quiet that I could barely hear him. But ever since we’d time-traveled together, he’d gotten a little louder. Or else I’d developed supersonic hearing.

“Yep. She wants to get away from me as fast as she can.” I thought about all the other times she’d rushed me out of the car. “We don’t get along. In fact, she tattles on me all the time. She’s always trying to get me in trouble.” Sometimes I think Bo is really lucky to be an only child.

“What do you do about it?” Bo asked.

“I work extra hard to make her crazy. I tell on her too. We’re in a big war.” I smiled mischievously. “I can be really annoying when I want to be.”

“You definitely annoyed her today,” Bo said, and laughed a little laugh. Then he said, “Don’t you think it’s weird that Mr. C wants us to meet him in the gym before school? I mean, I’m never up this early.”

Mr. Caruthers is our third-grade social studies teacher. He’s so cool, we call him “Mr. C.”

“Yeah,” I agreed. “It’s weird. I thought I was in trouble when he called me at home yesterday. Then I found out he called the twins, too.”

We headed around the back of the school building.

“Mr. C told my mom we were going to have a special History Club meeting this morning,” Bo said with a wink.

We knew what “History Club” meant. It’s what we like to call our time-traveling adventures.

Of course, we’d only had one History Club meeting so far.

I patted the outside of my backpack, thinking about the time-travel computer inside.

Last Monday, Mr. C had given us the computer. When we put a special cartridge into its back, a glowing green hole opened up in the floor. We jumped in. And that’s how we traveled through time. Taking the cartridge out brought us home again.

When he first handed us the computer and cartridge, Mr. C explained that, for some reason, famous Americans from the past were giving up their dreams. They weren’t inventing, speaking out, or fighting for what was right. They were quitting!

A sticker on each cartridge showed us who we were going to visit. Our mission was to make sure that the person didn’t quit! The tricky part was that we only had two hours to get the job done.

Our first mission had been a total success. We visited Abraham Lincoln in 1862 and convinced him to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which he did—on September 22, 1862.

I pulled my backpack closer and made a wish: “I hope this History Club meeting means we get to time-travel again today,” I whispered so softly, no one could hear me.

Then, in my normal voice, I asked Bo, “Where do you think the twins are?” Jacob and Zack were in our class and lived next door to me.

Bo shrugged. “Maybe they’re already inside,” he said.

Someone had propped the gym door open. We let ourselves in.

Jacob and Zack were waiting for us by the basketball hoop. When I saw them, I started to giggle. Soon, I was laughing so hard that my eyes filled with tears.

Jacob and Zack were wearing red-and-purple-striped sweatpants with matching hooded jackets. I see Jacob and Zack every day at school and on weekends, too. The twins hadn’t dressed alike since kindergarten. They looked ridiculous.

Jacob gave me a mean look. “Stop it!” he demanded. “Grandma sent us new clothes.” He sighed a big sigh. It was the kind of sigh you make when you really have no choice.

“Mom said we had to wear them,” Zack added, tugging at the zipper on his jacket. It was jammed. “I think I’m going be stuck wearing this forever,” he moaned.

At that moment, Mr. Caruthers walked into the gym.

“Hey! Look at Mr. C!” I pointed at our teacher.

Mr. C was wearing a suit and a bow tie. His hair was neatly combed. His shirt was tucked into his pants. Even his glasses were sitting nicely on his nose.

Meet the Author

Stacia Deutsch is the author of more than fifty children’s books, including the eight-book, award-winning chapter book series Blast to the Past. She has also written the tween novel Mean Ghouls as well as books for the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and The Boxcar Children series. Stacia has been on the New York Times bestseller list for the novelizations of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Smurfs movies. For new releases and school visit information visit StaciaDeutsch.com.
Rhody Cohon does all the research and editing for the Blast to the Past series. She has a master’s degree in computer engineering. Rhody lives with her family in Tuscon, Arizona.

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