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ABOUT THE BOOK
When ten-year-old Aaron moved from the big city to the country, he thought it was a boring sleepy town. Then he met Jake, a know-it-all farm girl who said his house was haunted. She claimed an Amish boy disappeared without a trace after hearing the wind call his name. Aaron thought she was just trying to scare him...until the night he heard his own name in the wind.
"Wow! What a terrific book - especially for young adult readers. What more could you ask for? Mystery, time travel, history - all rolled into one heck of a yarn." - Joseph Perrone Jr, author of As the Twig is Bent
"THE TIME CAVERN will stimulate and captivate the imagination of young readers, girls and boys alike. I urge parents and teachers to add this book to their libraries." - D. B. Pacini, author of The Loose End of the Rainbow
"The Time Cavern showcases masterful storytelling that will immediately be passed forward to one of my nephews. I highly recommend picking up a copy for the young explorers that you love." - Roy L. Pickering, author of Patches of Grey
Written from a 10yr olds point of view, "Time Cavern" tells the adventures of two friends trying to unravel the mystery of a boy who went missing 100 years past. How they go about it, and what they learn along the way makes the story move right along.<BR/>Mr. Fonseca throws in a LOT of information about different cultures, (Amish), science (gasses and what they do) responsibility, even astronomy, weaving it all seamlessly into an interesting story that should hold the interest of any young science fiction fan. I guess thats what I like best about this book. By the time a young person has finished it, he'll come away with more than just a good read. He'll come away knowing a little more about the real world. And thanks to the great ending, he'll be looking forward to more adventures with Aaron and Jake. Looking forward to the next installment, hopefully soon. This story will not disappoint you.
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Posted June 19, 2009
When the heart of a father and the mind of a talented writer join forces to create a story that will hold the interest of an inquisitive son, other young people fortunate enough to read the book will benefit. In many books I have favorite sentences underlined. In THE TIME CAVERN by Todd Fonseca I've marked full passages.
For example on page 56, the description of how each individual strand of silk on a corncob is pollinated to determine the color of each individual kernel of corn is educational, interesting, and entertaining. On page 106, the two main characters are in their school library to do an Internet Google search. Like many children, they wonder what Google means. So, they type into the search box, WHAT DOES GOOGLE MEAN? I'm not telling. Google it yourself or read this book. Fonseca has a three-part foundation throughout this story. He educates readers about interesting things while entertaining them.
This book was clearly written with one intelligent boy in mind, the author's son. Fascinating that particular boy and inspiring him to turn each page was the goal. Fonseca is so terrifically successful that he compels us all to keep turning the pages until the conclusion of this spectacular tale where what we hope will happen does, but with an unexpected twist. THE TIME CAVERN will stimulate and captivate the imagination of young readers, girls and boys alike. I urge parents and teachers to add this book to their libraries.
Posted December 10, 2008
Todd A. Fonseca's "The Time Cavern" is a fantastic read for children and adults alike. Todd has a knack for making the characters realistic and likeable, whether they be Aaron's parents or the main characters, 10 year old friends Aaron and Jake. I laughed many times while reading the book at the way Todd skillfully phrased certain things. <BR/><BR/>For the adult, the read takes you back to a time when the world is filled with adventure and mystery, begging to be discovered. <BR/><BR/>For the young reader, both boys and girls would appreciate the excitement of this book, certainly inspiring them to explore the wonders of our world beyond the television. <BR/><BR/>The Time Cavern is definitely an enjoyable page-turning read and could easily be turned into a series of books. It incorporates the various degrees of friendship and trust, and makes us able to appreciate what we learned in school...ie: history, the Amish culture, farming corn, constellations, and uncovering mysteries through the wonders of science. <BR/><BR/>I could go on but I don't want to spoil it! Enjoy!!! <BR/><BR/>J.R. Reardon <BR/>author, "Confidential Communications"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2008
Todd Fonseca's "The Time Cavern" is a story of how a 10 year old boy named Aaron, freshly transplanted from Minneapolis to the Pennsylvania Amish countryside and his new friend Jake (a know-it-all girl something like Hermione Granger without the wand) stumble across a hidden time machine and find out how it sparked a spooky legend of a young Amish boy disappearing a century before. <BR/><BR/>Fonseca tells the story mostly from Aaron's point of view. His story hits on some YA-friendly topics: moving to a new city, making new friends, dealing with younger brothers, asking for independence, making mistakes, and exploration. Lots of exploration, which is good, because the reader ends up learning a bit about corn combines, the Internet, the Amish way of life, ultraviolet lights, and railroad tracks. Lots of other stuff too, which should make the book interesting to 10 year old boys. <BR/><BR/>Fonseca has Aaron and Jake put into a lot of problem solving situations as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing boy. I found myself rooting for them as they struggle to put the clues together. <BR/><BR/>In a sense, there's two time travels in the book: the 100-year trip that the Amish boy took, and the "time travel" that Aaron took when his family moved into horse-buggy and buttonless Amish country. It gave a nice parallel and theme to the book: I got to see how both Aarons dealt with time differences--one going back to the past, and one coming up to the future. <BR/><BR/>"The Time Cavern" ends with the promise of future adventures of Aaron and Jake, and I'm looking forward to traveling through time with them again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Young Aaron¿s family moves from their home in the city to an old farm¿formerly abandoned¿once owned by an Amish family many years ago. Spurred on by some mysterious happenings while camping on the land one night (and his own natural curiosity, of course), along with the help of a precocious neighbor girl named Jake, Aaron is compelled to learn more about his new surroundings. <BR/><BR/>While exploring up in the old barn¿s loft one day, he finds an old chest that holds some very strange items, including a map. By putting their heads together and using their own resources in a creative way, Aaron and his new friend begin a very strange adventure. While they hope to solve all of the mysteries they have uncovered, they also learn about many things along the way, including themselves and each other.<BR/><BR/>Although The Time Cavern claims to be for young people ages nine through twelve, I¿ve got to say as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. From the first few pages I was pulled into the fun and mystery and felt like a kid again myself. Todd Fonseca¿s writing was thoroughly researched; the story was intriguing and informative; the characters were multi-dimensional and real and fun to be with. <BR/>Here¿s hoping The Time Cavern is only the first book of a great series!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2009
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Posted December 19, 2009
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