Lost in the Tunnel of Time

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In Lost in the Tunnel of Time, the boys discover their hometown was a stop on the Underground Railroad and are excited to explore the part of the tunnel that is right under their school. When a trapdoor slams behind them, locking them in the tunnel, there's only one thing they can do — plunge deeper and deeper into the darkness. Where will the tunnel lead them? And will the old, crumbling walls hold until they find their way to the end?

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Overview

In Lost in the Tunnel of Time, the boys discover their hometown was a stop on the Underground Railroad and are excited to explore the part of the tunnel that is right under their school. When a trapdoor slams behind them, locking them in the tunnel, there's only one thing they can do — plunge deeper and deeper into the darkness. Where will the tunnel lead them? And will the old, crumbling walls hold until they find their way to the end?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An inaugural release in the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series, this tale focuses on four African American boys who make up the Black Dinosaurs Club. On a class field trip to the Ohio River, the friends are captivated by two stories. A raconteur describes his grandfather's arrival in Cincinnati via the Underground Railroad and also explains that tunnels used in that operation are located under the school the kids attend. And their teacher relates a local legend about a Shawnee woman who helped slaves escape to freedom and whose ghost allegedly haunts the area. When Ziggy and pals attempt to explore the underground tunnels, the walls collapse. The trapped boys are comforted by a breeze they attribute to the ghost's presence. Draper's (Tears of a Tiger) well-meaning attempts to combine fiction, folklore and history lead to some significant credibility gaps, among them the unlikely circumstances that middle class African American middle-schoolers have never heard of the Underground Railroad; and that Ziggy's dog manages to dig through the collapsed tunnel to rescue them. The result is a contrived, disappointingly meager novel. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
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Ziggy, Rashawn, Jerome, and Rico—the Black Dinosaurs—are thrilled to discover their hometown was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Even more exciting, their new friend Mr. Greene has given them an old map that shows a secret passage dating back to the days of the Railroad, right under their own school. How can the Black Dinosaurs resist making plans to check it out? When a trapdoor slams behind them, locking them in the tunnel, there is only one thing they can do: plunge deeper and deeper into the darkness. Where will the tunnel lead them? And will the old crumbling walls hold until they find their way to the end? The author taught high school English, and she makes the characters personal and alive for the reader. She also has added the element of adventure and mystery. Readers solve a real life adventure scare. There is also a "Study Guide" with "Discussion Topics" in the back of this book. Additional activities include "Information to Explore and Discover," "Jobs to Explore," and "Writing Activities." 2006, Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 8 to 10.
—Naomi Butler
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Gr 3-6Rico, his friend Ziggy, and their classmates have been looking forward to a field trip to the Ohio River. Accompanied by old Mr. Greene, they welcome the break from school, but also find themselves fascinated by the man's stories about the Underground Railroad. Intrigued by the fact that runaway slaves hid in tunnels under their school, the boys (all members of the Black Dinosaurs Club) get a map of the tunnels and plan a search. All goes well until one of the tunnels collapses and they are trapped deep below the deserted school. Inspired by the bravery of the escaped slaves who survived similar ordeals, the boys cope with their fear until rescued. This is the first entry in a projected series about a likable group of African American friends. The characters are realistically portrayed, and the history lessons are interestingly conveyed. Full- and double-page pencil sketches appear throughout.Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442427044
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: Clubhouse Mysteries Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 173,143
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Reading it now...

    I am reading this book now an i'm pretty bored. I haven't gotten far enough into it to decide if it's a good book or not, and I am definitely NOT the kind of person to judge a book by it's cover but i'm not sucked into the swirl of the story like I usually am with books. I reccomend this book for any boy 8 and older. I definitely do not reccomend this book to girls unless they like stories about boys. I have nothing against this book, and I think it's a great inspiration for any boy who likes a good mystery and an exciting adventure. I just don't think girls will be as interested in the story as boys will. From a girl's point of view.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Great series, especially for boys

    I read this series with my grands and have to say I loved them. Each story handles an adventure/lesson with a group of boys who start a club and call themselves the Black Dinosaurs (after a toy). The boys are adorable characters. Ziggy was my favorite and my grandson's because he ate what the others thought was weird stuff. I like them for girls or boys because you learn something in each book. But I think the boys like them even more because of the cast of characters, a bunch of regular kids who stick together to solve a mystery or resolve a problem. I highly recommend them for grade school kids.

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