Lost in the Tunnel of Time (Clubhouse Mysteries Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Lost in the Tunnel of Time (Clubhouse Mysteries Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

4.3 3
by Sharon M. Draper, Jesse Joshua Watson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Well, Ziggy, Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome don't exactly go back in time, but they do discover an old tunnel that was one of the safe havens used by escaped slaves. And it all started with the map.

Ziggy thought it'd be cool to see where the old map would lead. Especially since it showed a hidden trapdoor and a secret passageway right under their own school! Ziggy and

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Overview

Well, Ziggy, Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome don't exactly go back in time, but they do discover an old tunnel that was one of the safe havens used by escaped slaves. And it all started with the map.

Ziggy thought it'd be cool to see where the old map would lead. Especially since it showed a hidden trapdoor and a secret passageway right under their own school! Ziggy and his friends would just check it ot. They wouldn' t even have to tell anyone. No problem. Right?

Wrong. Because they realize they're in big trouble when the trapdoor gets stuck and they're forced to use the old, dark, damp tunnels just like the escaped slaves did before them. And what about the legend of the River City Ghost - are the tunnels haunted?

The Black Dinosaurs have to think of something soon or they may be trapped in the past forever.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Children's Literature
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
School Library Journal
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

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417740741
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Clubhouse Mysteries Series, #2
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
110
Sales rank:
852,480
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >