The Gate of Days (The Book of Time Series #2)

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Ancient Greek prophecies. Exploding volcanoes. Chicago gangsters. Just another day in the life for Sam Faulkner in this pulse-pounding sequel to THE BOOK OF TIME!

Sam Faulkner now knows his father is trapped in Vlad Tepes's castle, but he can't save him without the seven coins that will allow him to direct his travel to the right year in Time. So he sets off on a desperate journey through the ages to collect the coins -- to the oracle at Delphi, Pompeii before Mt. Vesuvius -- ...

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Overview


Ancient Greek prophecies. Exploding volcanoes. Chicago gangsters. Just another day in the life for Sam Faulkner in this pulse-pounding sequel to THE BOOK OF TIME!

Sam Faulkner now knows his father is trapped in Vlad Tepes's castle, but he can't save him without the seven coins that will allow him to direct his travel to the right year in Time. So he sets off on a desperate journey through the ages to collect the coins -- to the oracle at Delphi, Pompeii before Mt. Vesuvius -- even Chicago in 1932, where he meets his seven-year-old grandfather. But things get wilder still when he finally finds his father, who is sick, dying, raving . . . and who insists they must rescue Sam's dead mother from Time!

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Cara Chancellor
It's been a few weeks since Sam Faulkner discovered his missing father was a time traveler, and a few days since his cousin Lily found a puzzling note in a history textbook—"Help Me Sam," carved in the historical Dracula's prison—that revealed when and where Allan Faulkner was trapped. Now, there's only one hitch in Sam's rescue plan: without three more of the coins that operate the time-traveling statue, he won't be able to control when or where he lands. Once again, he must embark on a quest through time to get more coins and save his father. Only this time, his journey isn't random: a mysterious man with an ancient Egyptian tattoo is manipulating his jumps…and trying to ensure he doesn't make it back alive. Like its precursor, The Gate of Days is lively and captivating, with a deft touch for wide-ranging historical fiction. Sam's plot in his own time is often a bit forced, but younger readers are unlikely to notice, and more mature adventure-lovers will still appreciate Prevost's time-traveling episodes. What it lacks in novelty when compared with the first book, The Gate of Days, it more than makes up for with a stunning conclusion and hints of a broader storyline for the third installment. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Desperate to find his father, Sam Faulkner is willing to do anything—even steal—to find his father who has gone missing. As readers join Sam where the first novel left off, he is hiding in a museum, ready to break into a coin collection and snatch what he needs: coins with a hole in the center that will enable him to travel back in time. But a surprise awaits the young adventurer when he discovers someone else has the same intention! A unique tattoo on the burglar's shoulder is the first in a series of clues that indicates someone besides Sam and his father know how to travel through time, and Sam's audience with the Oracle at Delphi confirms his suspicions: someone is trying to close the Gate of Days and trap Sam in history forever. Author Guillaume Prevost raises the stakes in several ways as he intricately plots this story, heightening the tension and interest of the reader, and adding increasingly sinister characters for Sam to battle. When Lily accidentally joins her cousin, his responsibilities and worries increase. From prehistoric Europe to ancient Pompeii, and from Depression-era America to fifteenth-century Wallachia, Sam and Lily are forced to rely on their wits and each other as they gain knowledge about the various ways to travel through time and the power of Merriweserre's bracelet. This novel, the second in a trilogy by Prevost, builds on the first book and prepares readers for the third while retaining its own unique story line. With more than one mystery remaining unsolved, fans of this action-packed series will be anxious for the final book. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
Kirkus Reviews

In The Book of Days (2007), readers met Sam Faulkner, a troubled teen who followed in his father's footsteps as a time traveler. This second installment in the series tracks Sam and his cousin Lily as they anxiously jump from time to time, country to country, searching for a way to rescue his father from the dungeons of Vlad Tepes (aka Dracula). Episodic and choppy in its momentum, the narrative provides glimmers of character development, but nothing truly substantial. The views into what could be fascinating periods of history are all too brief, with little construction of plot other than to move the characters from time to time and place to place. The concept for this series is solid, but the execution is sparse, rough, erratic and uneasily similar to the sensation of skating on thin ice…it could be exciting, but is it well-advised? A third installment is on the way, and one can only hope the writing begins to live up to the premise. (Science fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439883764
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Book Of Time Series , #2
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 684,215
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Amazing action, never ending fun- Must have!!!!!!!!!

    The second book is fast and funny. Sam is taken away this time with his cousin. Traveling gets harder and the stakes get higher literally, They have to battle cruel rulers, murderious clans, and most of all-TIME itself.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

    In the first book of this series, Sam Faulkner went looking for his missing father and discovered a magic statue that transported him through time. During his time travels, Sam discovers his father is being held captive in Dracula's castle in 1462 and is determined to rescue him.

    In order for Sam to save his father, he has to obtain seven coins from the past. With the help of his cousin, Lily, Sam hurtles through time searching for the coins.

    Unfortunately, someone else is time traveling, as well, and trying to close the Gate of Days before Sam and Lily can make it home.

    This second book in THE BOOK OF TIME trilogy is fast-paced and exciting. Sam travels to prehistoric times, meets his six-year-old grandfather, escapes from gangsters, and learns about a bracelet that plays an important role in the ability to time travel.

    I've enjoyed traveling with Sam and am very much looking forward to finding out more about the bracelet and Sam's further adventures in THE CIRCLE OF GOLD, book three of the trilogy.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    I think that The Gte of Days is a great book because a boy named sam and sam`s dad went missing so sam finds a thing that allows him to travel back in time so he goes back in time to find his dad and sam and cousin work togther.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2009

    Very fun but leaves you hanging...

    I got The Book of Time for my 8yr old and read it first. I felt some of the vocab would be difficult for him, lots of names and places, but I enjoyed the book myself very much. However, I didn't realize at the time that it was the begining of a series. So when I finished The Book of Time, I HAD to go get The Gate of Days so I would know what happened. I should have realized that a two book series was unlikely... Now I have to wait for the last? book to come out. I'm not a great critic but I enjoyed the books and will read them to my son. Some of the writting wasn't the best, but I always feel something is lost when stories are translated such as this one.

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