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Saving Lucas Biggs

Saving Lucas Biggs

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by Marisa de los Santos, David Teague

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Perfect for fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix, When You Reach Me, and Savvy, this charming time-travel story from husband-and-wife team Marisa de los Santos and David Teague follows one girl's race to change the past in order to save her father's future.

Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel


Perfect for fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix, When You Reach Me, and Savvy, this charming time-travel story from husband-and-wife team Marisa de los Santos and David Teague follows one girl's race to change the past in order to save her father's future.

Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family's secret—and forbidden—ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?

Told in alternating voices between Margaret and Josh, this heartwarming story shows that sometimes the forces of good need a little extra help to triumph over the forces of evil.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Margaret O'Malley's father is sentenced to death for crimes she knows he did not commit. She watches as he is taken from the courtroom, his voice calling out to her with a verse from a poem. It is a vow that could carry her to a world gone by, but is not to be used. His clever explanation of string-theory physics and her family's "quirk" of being able to relocate, although briefly, into history sends her on a quest to save him from bitter, vindictive Judge Biggs's sentence and from the people who are still trying to silence him. Margaret goes back to 1938 and witnesses the events that caused Lucas Biggs to become the person he is today. The authors weave a tale of justice and family bonds with threads of historical fiction accented with the fantastical physics of time travel. The heroine begins to realize that the very stuff that makes people who they are—that combination of all their life experiences—can sometimes shift the very fabric of history. At least that's what Margaret is hoping, because the only way to save her father is to first save corrupt Lucas Biggs from himself.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
De los Santos and Teague craft a gentle, quiet sci–fi story where the focus is not on the science…love, nonviolence, and social justice are. Give this one to readers who like stories about family, doing the right thing, and standing up to those who don’t.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The authors’ graceful use of language and fearless exploration of a more spiritual dimension simultaneously comfort and challenge readers, encouraging deep thoughts. This novel makes a good companion for armchair time travelers and budding philosophers alike.”
Ingrid Law
“This book is hard to put down! Vivid and memorable, SAVING LUCAS BIGGS casts a captivating spell that will keep you turning pages. A heartfelt yarn of family, friendship, and homespun time–travel magic.”
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-12
The authors, a husband-and-wife writing team, seamlessly incorporate heavy social-justice issues—fracking for natural gas in 2014 and a coal-mining protest in 1938—into a riveting time-travel adventure story. Margaret, 13, is devastated when her geologist father (recently fired) is falsely accused, convicted and sentenced to death by the vindictive and corrupt judge Lucas Biggs for arson and murder in the first degree. A whistle-blower, John Thomas O'Malley discovered that due to fracking, poisonous chemicals had leaked into the local water supply: Is he a traitor or hero? Two stories set in the company town of Victory, Ariz., told in alternating voices—Margaret's in 2014 and 13-year-old Josh's in 1938—run parallel and then converge. Desperate to save her father and supported by her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Joshua, Margaret breaks the sacred family vow and activates the genetic O'Malley "quirk" to travel back in time to try to change events just enough to impact the present. In 1938, a related narrative of injustice is unfolding, one in which Luke Agrippa's pacifist father is leading a nonviolent uprising for decent working conditions after a mine collapse and a company-led massacre. Who is Lucas Biggs, can he be saved, and why does it matter? Strong storytelling, suspense, lyrical writing, high drama, weighty matters made accessible and a bit of humor add up to a terrific and heartwarming read. (Mystery/fantasy. 9-12)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

A New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing, Marisa de los Santos lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.

Marisa de los Santos has published three New York Times bestselling novels for adults, including Love Walked In and Belong to Me, while David Teague is the author of the picture book Franklin’s Big Dreams. Together, they are the authors of Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars. Married for over twenty years, Marisa and David live with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finn and Huxley, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Saving Lucas Biggs 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is so much I love about this book. What a great story of hope, friendship and faith!
4MartyAnne More than 1 year ago
You won't put this down until it's finished. Eat first. By MARTYANNE KOWALSKI on May 8, 2014 Format: Hardcover Saving Lucas Biggs is a wonderful read. You won't put this down until it's finished. Eat first. There are lessons on the level of friend, or family, or community. The community faces a company town, as families do what they can to survive, and friendships are created under hardship. Of course, company towns are about as simultaneously as big and as personal as social injustice gets. Every family has secrets and stories. Some of these secrets and stories make meaning in folk's lives. Sometimes they whisper about 'almost.' It makes you wish you could time-travel and turn that 'almost' until it turns fully, truly 'right.' Margaret O'Malley is one of a few people who might do more than wish. Sometimes, something so close to going right turns and goes wrong, wrong, straight on past decades of replicated wrongs. Can the magic of friendship, a heart full of peace, and the connection of family really change the present into a much nicer future?Margaret O'Malley hopes so. And she isn't alone. Family, friendship, community all have her back in one way or another. P.S. I like to fancy the Kowalski boys in this book are my husband's relatives. I admit I am biased, because I adore everything either of these authors have written. I have met Marisa at a book signing. I love David Teague's work, but I am SO pleased that this book, written by the husband and wife team, is as good as all the other books. Keep Writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written for middle-grade readers. However, both the adults and adolescent readers in this house enjoyed the book immensely. The writers handed off the characters seamlessly. We felt like the characters were well developed and hated to bid them good-bye at the end of the book. Kudos as well to the illustrator for the beautifully designed cover. Recommend.
ABookishGirlBlog More than 1 year ago
My Likes About This Book: 1.) That Margaret and Charlie are great friends, which also looks like it could bloom into a wonderful kind of young love. 2.)Each chapter is marked with the year the events are occurring in and the name of the character that is narrating that chapter so there was no confusion in the way of how the story flowed. 3.)Vividly detailed settings and characters. 4.)A storyline that tugs at your heart and makes you want to see this book all the way till the end.   My Dislikes About This Book: 1.)I wish there had been a little more traveling back through time. Can I get a whoop, whoop from all my fellow Dr. Who fans out there. 2.)I feel that the change that come over Lucas Biggs towards the end of the book is to quick to be very believable even younger children can pick up on situations like this and it effects the overall view one has about the story  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really cool and its picking up what im putting down