Prisoner of Time (Both Sides of Time Series #3)

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Tod Lockwood has never wanted to be anyone's knight in shining armor.  In fact, he wants to avoid having anything to do with girls, at least for the present.  But that's before Devonny Stratton steps into his life out of the nineteenth century.

As for sixteen-year-old Devonny, she has no plans for marriage until her father arranges to wed to the contemptuous but well-connected Lord Winden.  Devonny has only one hope. Someone must rescue her. Can Tod...

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Overview

Tod Lockwood has never wanted to be anyone's knight in shining armor.  In fact, he wants to avoid having anything to do with girls, at least for the present.  But that's before Devonny Stratton steps into his life out of the nineteenth century.

As for sixteen-year-old Devonny, she has no plans for marriage until her father arranges to wed to the contemptuous but well-connected Lord Winden.  Devonny has only one hope. Someone must rescue her. Can Tod Lockwood be Time's answer to her prayers? Life never seems simple to Devonny, but do the solutions to her problems await her in the future?  Or will she only become a prisoner of a different time?

Attempting to break free from the oppression of women in the nineteenth century, sixteen-year-old Devonny steps through time hoping to find the power to change her fate.

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Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Jennifer Moreland
In this third title in the Time Travel Trilogy, sixteen-year old Devonney Stratton, a headstrong girl, finds herself a pawn in her Victorian father's plot to gain power by marrying her off to a shallow and conveniently impoverished English lord. At the very threshold of the church, however, she is rescued by the unlikely appearance of Tod, a visitor from the twentieth century, who whisks her away to his world of computers, automobiles, and fast food restaurants. While Devonney admires the independence of women in the 1990's, she misses the elegance, charm, and security of her own century. In spite of Tod's attempts to make her feel at home, Devonney feels like a prisoner of time. Readers who enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy will be eager to read the conclusion of the saga of the 19th-century Strattons and their 20th-century counterparts, the Lockwoods. Devonney's revulsion towards a lifestyle that today's youngsters take for granted points out that, while great strides have been made in our time, perhaps some of the finer things of life have been lost along the way. Middle school readers will relish the conflict as "Titanic" meets "Hackers."
VOYA - Nancy Eaton
Nineteenth-century heiress Devonny Aurelia Victoria Stratton takes center stage in this companion to Both Sides of Time (Delacorte, 1995/VOYA August 1995) and Out of Time (Delacorte, 1996/VOYA April 1996), which focused on Devonny's brother Strat and his adventures with time-traveling teen Annie Lockwood. Desperately trying to avoid an arranged marriage to a minor British nobleman, Devonny pleads aloud for help. Annie's brother Tod, an average twentieth-century high school boy interested in computers and making money by selling designer water, is reluctantly pulled through time to the rescue, snatching Devonny from her father's arm as she walks up the aisle. As is typical for this series, larger-than-life characters and melodramatic situations abound, but there is a greater emphasis on how the status of women has changed over the last century. When Devonny visits Tod's time, she is both scandalized and dismayed at the differences she finds. Young ladies of her acquaintance are raised to be decorative and acquiescent. Devonny's vague dream of being a nineteenth-century business woman is considered outrageous, while Tod warns her that "secretary" is a swear word to his thoroughly modern mother. A subplot about the "shocking" romance between Devonny's society friend and an Italian immigrant laborer underscores the class separation at the turn of the century. With more stress on cultural changes than the earlier novels, this satisfying tale will leave contemporary teens both glad to live in their own time and nostalgic for the graces of an earlier age. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9Third in a time-travel series, this story continues the saga of the wealthy Stratton family in the 1890s. Tod Lockwood travels from the 1990s to save 16-year-old Devonny Stratton from an unwanted arranged marriage. He manages to rescue her on her wedding day by bringing her into the 20th century. After spending time with Tod's family, the girl feels called to return to her own time to untangle the problems she has left behind. Subplots involve Devonny's best friend Flossie's plan to elope with an Italian immigrant from the laboring class, and her father's scheme to lock his ex-wife, Devonny's mother, away in an attic room. Meanwhile, Tod and Devonny are falling in love. This tale, like its companions, is pure melodrama. Its characters are more types than fully fleshed-out individuals. Plot contrivances are numerous. Why, for instance, does Tod's mother so readily accept Devonny as a foreign exchange student from England? And would Devonny's disappearance cause a complete change of heart in her obnoxious intended husband? The book presents a very oversimplified view of the mores and morals of the wealthy class of the day. It is fun, however, to observe the reactions of the time-traveling teens to ages very different from their own. The story is not as well written as Cooney's Driver's Ed (Delacorte, 1994) or The Face on the Milk Carton (Dell, 1991) and its sequels, but adolescents are sure to enjoy the drama and romance. Prisoner belongs in collections where Both Sides of Time (1995) and Out of Time (1996, both Delacorte) are popular.Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440220190
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Both Sides of Time Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline B.  Cooney is one of the most popular authors of young adult fiction.  She has written The Face on the Milk Carton, Driver's Ed, and The Voice on the Radio, as well as many other bestselling novels.  In Prisoner of Time, Ms.  Cooney has woven a romantic time-travel adventure that alternates between the gothic and the modern day - a powerful look at women in two centuries.

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Laced up by corset strings and bound by a forced engagement to a stuffy English lord named Hugh-David Winded, Devonny Stratton barely has room to breathe. More spirited than her nineteenth-century peers, Devonny tries to fight back. But is the Victorian Era too much for any woman?

"There are uses for Americans," said Miles.

"No," said Hugh-David, "one use. Money."

Devonny now understood all too well. She stormed out onto the porch. "Who do you think you are, you pitiful excuse for a man?" she shouted at Lord Winden.

Three mouths gaped open in shock above their starched collars.

"You can't even earn a living!" yelled Devonny. She felt herself getting taller and thinner, literally towering with rage.

The Englishmen got to their feet quickly, because one stood in the presence of a lady, even a screaming, misbehaving lady.

"You haven't asked me to marry you, Hugh-David Winden, and I wouldn't marry you if you were the last man on earth! I will marry a man with spunk, and you are horse manure!"

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    it was ok

    It was OK! Made me happy I didn't live in the time period where women really didn't do anything or have a say in anything. We as women don't need men today to be happy or run our lives! I don't need somebody to save me like Devonny did in this book. Screw that mentality there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2007

    A reviewer

    this was the best. todd accually showed his fellings for love and the fight was settled with devonny marrying winnie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Majorly Disappointing...

    Meh, I've read much better works by Caroline Cooney, but this is one of her worst. I hated this book. It was boring and had no point whatsoever. So prepare for major disappointment if you get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Okay. but so not Both sides of time or out of time.

    I liked it but i wished she kept with the story of Annie and Strat or atleast start a new series were just Devonny and Todd are talked about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Doesn't compare to Both Sides of Time

    I felt this book had nothing to do with anything the first two involved. Yes it was ok but I was disappointed. She shouldn't have tried to make a romance out of Tod and Devonney's relationship and since she did she should have made it more than it was. I felt she was trying to hard to out do herself and make this book as great as the first. My advice is leave it alone and don't get to technical it just doesn't work when you try too hard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    Great, Good, and O.K.

    THis book seemed short to me even though it's not. Wished more could have happened between Devonny and Tod. I like the ending and don't at the same time. I still want to read "For All Times". Nice book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Great, Fantastic

    I thought this was a great book, but I hated the end. Devonny so should have stayed with Tod, but it was still fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    good book, just not what i'd hoped

    The book is good itself, but it's not what i'd bought it for. The original Annie and Strat are only alluded to in the form of an email and conversation. If your looking for the true next installment, go read 'For All Time'....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2001

    Readable, but I don't care about Tod and Devonny!

    This is not a bad book. I read through the entire thing pretty quickly. However, because i absoultey loved Both Sides of Time and Out of Time, I found this book disappointing. I miss Annie and Strat! Also, the events of this third book are not as believable as those of the first two. I really hope Cooney writes a fourth book, and that it's about Annie and Strat! The whole thing with Devonny and Tod just doesn't work...it's too fake. The romance between Annie and Strat is what hooks people (at least it's what hooked me) and she needs to continue it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    Good Book!

    Okay, while I wish the book had been about Strat and Devony in the beginning as the book went along I thought that it turned out okay. I won't tell the ending in case you haven't read this, but it is still a good book and I hope there will be more about Todd and Devony in the future. I know there has to be more about Strat and Annie. This is definitally a series for teen girls to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    Excellent!!!

    these books are so great.i rate them 7 stars, thats how much i enjoyed them. it is so cool that they travel back a hundred years and get caught up in these people's lives.it is full of suspense,romance and mystery. these are great books and i think you should DEFINITELY read them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2001

    A Prisoner of Time

    'A Prisoner of Time' ~ here is another fantastic book by Ms.Cooney! I read the first two and could not wait to read this one! I heard that it did not continue the story of Annie and Strat and was disapointed at first, but this book was too hard to be disappointed in! It is a really great book about Devonny and Tod and I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read! (or doesn't!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    it is not the best...

    This is not the best book I have read. If you have read Out of Time and Both Sides of time I think you would agree. What happened with Strat and Annie??? If she writes another sequel this would be a better book if not no way...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Wahtever happened to Annie and Strat?

    The title pretty much says it all. I love the wrting of Carolyn B. Cooney, but this novel was a huge disapointment. She totally ditched Annie and Strat, but I will forgive her if she writes a sequel that brings at least closure to their plagued and elusive romance. Also the ending was a big let down. I know this author is phenomeonal and can do a lot better. All I can hope for is another installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    Dissapointing :(

    I was so dissapointed in this book. the first 2 books were about Annie and Strat, then it was switched to Tod and Devvony. Thats all good except it wasn't kept that way. The end was bad I think, and it ruined the whole book. The choice Devvony made was dumb, and I don't like the end. The twisted end of some books are good, and this one was totaly unapealing. The book, of course, was still written well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    Forgive me...

    Well, I looked at the reviews on this page, but I am terribly sorry to say I lean just the opposite way. I did love this book it had a wonderful beginning. Yet at the same time, it had a very suprising end to it. One of which I was not pleased with by the end of the book. I love teasers where you are toyed with until the ending where you absolutely burst out either with shock, or pure rage. Though, I am not sure how to deal with the ending of this book yet. It left me with a quite an empty feeling towards the characters, and situations that were going on. Perhaps if this wonderful author writes a sequal I will re-think my view of this book. But I must say I hate what pain these characters had to go through! Sure that's life, and I love tragedies, but at the same time no one was who they seemed. No one. So in conclusion I suppose I recommend this book in the event that Caroline B. Cooney writes a sequal, if not I really don't recommend this then. Good writing, yet as I said before it left me empty towards the 200 pages I had finished reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    An Outstanding Book

    This is the best book you could read. It has romance and adventure. I like this one even though it doesn't have Strat. She is my favorite author and her books are the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Prisoner of Time

    I thought it was the best book I have read in along time. I read this one first but then I read the first book then the last. She is my favorite author. Her books are all great I have read 5 books from her and they were all good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    this book is GREAT!!!!!!

    i love this book, it's one of my favorite Caroline B. Cooney's. in it, she answers questions, while leaving some doors closed, and weaving in new charactors and problems. i recomend it to anybody who enjoys Ms. Cooney's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    Review

    I thought this was a very well written book. But I was a little disapointed it wasn't about Annie and Strat. She writes two whole books about them and then leaves you hanging. But I did enjoy this book and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Both sides of Times and Out of Time.

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