Time Twister: Journal 3 of a Cardboard Genius

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Journal # 3 of the Cardboard Genius finds Alex Archer's powers of invention tested once again. His intergalactic spaceship, Star Jumper, is ready for deep space travel, but his co-pilot Zoe Breen finds a glitch: When Star Jumper returns from her voyage, more than fifty years will have passed on earth! It's time for Alex to invent a time machine. Its first live subject will be Alex's little brother, Jonathan! The imp's been cooperative since Alex promised he could come on the voyage -- a promise Alex has every ...
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Journal # 3 of the Cardboard Genius finds Alex Archer's powers of invention tested once again. His intergalactic spaceship, Star Jumper, is ready for deep space travel, but his co-pilot Zoe Breen finds a glitch: When Star Jumper returns from her voyage, more than fifty years will have passed on earth! It's time for Alex to invent a time machine. Its first live subject will be Alex's little brother, Jonathan! The imp's been cooperative since Alex promised he could come on the voyage -- a promise Alex has every intention of breaking. Time travel proves to be full of serious mishaps -- one of which threatens the very existence of the universe! And little Jonathan proves that he's learned a thing or two from his older brother and invents a time-bending device of his own. But once time is twisted, will the Cardboard Genius be able to twist it back?
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Editorial Reviews

Books for Growing Minds
... a series of mind-boggling time travel adventures ...
From the Publisher
... A cliff-hanger ... The plot-driven story contains a solid base of scientific fact ... Alex’s ... antagonistic relationship with his younger brother will resonate with many readers ...

... A cliff-hanger ... The plot-driven story contains a solid base of scientific fact ... Alex’s ... antagonistic relationship with his younger brother will resonate with many readers ...

... a series of mind-boggling time travel adventures ...

... a series of mind-boggling time travel adventures ...

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 7 to 10.

Enjoyably arrogant Alex, the self-proclaimed "smartest human being on earth," has much evidence to support his boasting. After all, he not only has constructed a working spaceship out of cardboard boxes, he also designs a functional time machine in one busy afternoon. So Alex and Zoe, "the girl who sits behind me in study hall," are ready to explore the universe. The only problem is that Alex's pesky little brother Jonathan has his heart set on coming with them. Oh, and there is the problem that the entire galaxy is about to get sucked into the black hole that Alex inadvertently creates with his gadgets. This is pure preposterous fun, especially when Jonathan, no slouch himself in the brains department, designs special goggles that allow the trio to see fellow "time tourists," visitors from the future invisibly wandering around Earth with insatiable curiosity about all our strangeness. The story breaks off as the three are slipping "into hyper-space" and star-jumping "trillions of miles away from Earth!" Readers can be confident that whatever happens to them will continue to make fast-paced, funny reading. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- In this addition to the series, Alex, scientific genius and creator of the world's first cardboard-box spaceship, has hit a developmental snag. His partner in crime, Zoe, tells him that, due to the theory of relativity, any interplanetary space travel will return them to Earth 50 years older than their friends and relatives. Alex decides to create a time machine to compensate, but gives up after he accidentally transforms his pesky younger brother into a baby. A cliff-hanger ending indicates that a fourth volume is planned. The plot-driven story contains a solid base of scientific fact that will please children who like astronomy or science fiction. While there is not much character development, Alex's accounts of his antagonistic relationship with his younger brother will resonate with many readers. The story is presented in a straightforward manner, but the vocabulary and subject matter are more challenging than similar books of this length, suggesting that this title will find its audience with older, reluctant readers. Asch's occasional black-and-white drawings break up the text. Try selling this one to fans of Jon Sciezka's "Time Warp Trio" (HarperCollins) or Dan Greenburg's "Weird Planet" series (Random).-Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554532315
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Journal of a Cardboard Genius Ser.
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 878,199
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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