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Test of Time: A Novel Approach to the SAT and ACT
     

Test of Time: A Novel Approach to the SAT and ACT

by Charles Harrington Elster
 

Test of Time is a captivating time-travel adventure that incorporates vocabulary words from the SAT and ACT, boldfacing them throughout the novel and providing definitions in a handy back-of-the book glossary. The result is a fun and effective study method for the thousands of diligent students who take these tests each year.

For Orlando Garcia Ortiz and his

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Test of Time is a captivating time-travel adventure that incorporates vocabulary words from the SAT and ACT, boldfacing them throughout the novel and providing definitions in a handy back-of-the book glossary. The result is a fun and effective study method for the thousands of diligent students who take these tests each year.

For Orlando Garcia Ortiz and his friends at prestigious Hadleyburg University, it's finals week. That same week, but many, many years before, a famously eccentric writer in Hartford, Connecticut, is putting the finishing touches on a manuscript about a rebellious boy named Huck. Suddenly, a bizarre thing happens: The manuscript disappears and in its place appears a strange contraption-a college student's laptop that has traveled through time. It's a mysterious set of circumstances, but our intrepid heroes at Hadleyburg, joined by Mark Twain, endeavor to retrieve their valued possessions and return to their proper places in time.

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PRAISE FOR TOOTH AND NAIL
“A mystery story, at once whimsical and elucidating, filled with hundreds of SAT examiner’s favorite test words.”
—LOS ANGELES TIMES
“An SAT prep tool that practically spoon-feeds a plenitude of . . .
beneficial vocabulary to a plethora of adroit high school students.”
—HOUSTON CHRONICLE
“A superlative SAT strategy.A unique ... guide toward an SAT score of which you can be proud.”—COLLEGE BOUND
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Flashing back and forth between the present and late-19th-century Connecticut, Test of Time stars Mark Twain, whose Huckleberry Finn manuscript mysteriously vanishes into thin air from his desk, only to be replaced with the laptop computer belonging to modern-day university student Orlando Ortiz. Such an intriguing plot twist could potentially evolve into a quirky, suspenseful time-travel mystery in which Orlando and Twain devise a plan to retrieve their respective belongings. But the book also hopes to serve as a learning tool for the verbal portions of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Unfortunately, readers get bogged down not only by a flat narrative, but also by oddly placed, boldface vocabulary words embedded into the text. These test words, which repeatedly number well over a dozen per page, render the novel virtually unreadable and negate the attempt to promote vocabulary improvement through pleasure reading. Often three to five bold words are lumped into a single sentence, which could hamper readers' ability to deduce definitions from their context. And even though there is some interestingly believable teen speak scattered throughout, the book will still take almost as much work to get through as the usual SAT or ACT study manuals.-Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156011372
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/17/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
704,360
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.08(d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author


CHARLES HARRINGTON ELSTER is an author, broadcaster, and logophile—a lover of words. He is the author of seven books, and cohosts AWay with Words, a weekly talk show on language that airs on San Diego’s KPBS-FM and Wisconsin Public Radio. He lives in San Diego.

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