The Edge of When

The Edge of When

by Carol Matas
     
 

Rebecca worries about the things a normal twelve-year-old girl would worry about: starting junior high, her friends, her family. But when she witnesses a kidnapping and finds herself transported into a terrifying world of the future, Rebecca not only must find her way home - she must figure out a way to alter the course of history.

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Rebecca worries about the things a normal twelve-year-old girl would worry about: starting junior high, her friends, her family. But when she witnesses a kidnapping and finds herself transported into a terrifying world of the future, Rebecca not only must find her way home - she must figure out a way to alter the course of history.

Originally published as three separate stories over 30 years ago, this newly revised and edited novel for young readers still resonates with one essential truth: the future of the world is shaped by the choices we all make today. With a new introduction by the author, Carol Matas.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Barbara Allen
Thirty years ago, Matas published this title as 3 separate books: The Fusion Factor, Zanu, and Me, Myself, and I. She has reworked the story and put them all in one novel. Rebecca is your average middle schooler who wants to get good grades, but her partner, Lonney, has other things on his mind. After bombing a project, Rebecca is all set to give Lonney a piece of her mind, but Lonney is kidnapped right before her eyes. Rebecca gets on her bike and follows the kidnappers to a warehouse and is whisked away to the future by their time machine. What Rebecca finds in the future is a desperate group of underground dwellers hoping to add kids to their breeding stock so that the human race can survive. Rebecca jumps back and forth through time seeing different futures. She even gets sent back too early so that there are two of her in the present. She eventually meets herself in the future as the grandmother of one of the boys she has met in her travels. Grandmother Rebecca shows her past self that even though the future is not perfect, it could be a lot worse. Time is like a fan and each choice produces another blade of possibility. Our future is not set in stone. This book is good for young preteens and middle-schoolers. Some older teens with a love of time travel may latch on, too. It is a simple story that bounces around very quickly and could be more developed. The characters do not seem like typical eleven- and twelve-year-old kids; they seem wise beyond their years. Reviewer: Barbara Allen
Kirkus Reviews
Published 30 years ago as a three-volume series, this effort is an updated version combined into a single novel. Rising junior-high-schooler Rebecca witnesses the kidnapping of a classmate and while trying to help him, is transported by time machine to 2050, a dystopian, post–nuclear-apocalypse future in which the few survivors live underground. Damaged by radiation, they have resorted to kidnapping young teens from the past to provide for future reproduction. In a fast-paced series of often-suspenseful events, the pair return to their own time accompanied by teens Lewis and Catherine. In a second part, Rebecca follows time-travelers Mark and Jonathan to a different dystopian future, a commerce-driven police state in which the pair are freedom fighters. Eventually, Rebecca ends up in her own time living side by side with another version of herself as she and her friends try to change the present in order to alter the future. The action and imaginative ideas will keep readers engaged, although the sometimes preachy, albeit worthwhile, message occasionally intrudes. With numerous characters making brief appearances, Rebecca's role serves to connect the various time periods, although the three parts of this effort still feel a lot like separate, related tales. A thought-provoking and entertaining time-travel tale with a useful, even hopeful, message about personal responsibility. (Science fiction. 10-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554551989
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
02/15/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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Meet the Author

Carol Matas is the author of many popular books for young readers including After the War, Footsteps in the Snow, and The Freak and Ghosthunter series. Her many accolades include a Geoffrey Bilson Honour Book award, the Sydney Taylor Honor Book award, and the Frances and Samuel Stein Memorial Prize in Youth Literature. She is an inspiring and passionate speaker who is enjoys presenting her books to children and adults across North America. Carol lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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