Time Voyage

Time Voyage

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by Steve Brezenoff, Scott Murphy
     
 

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On the first day of their spring break, best friends Tucker and Maya discover a "Special Collection" of Titanic artifacts at the local museum. But the artifacts have more power than they know. When they touch a magic ticket, Tucker and Maya find themselves transported 100 years in the past — to Titanic's maiden voyage. Now they must figure out how to save a new… See more details below

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On the first day of their spring break, best friends Tucker and Maya discover a "Special Collection" of Titanic artifacts at the local museum. But the artifacts have more power than they know. When they touch a magic ticket, Tucker and Maya find themselves transported 100 years in the past — to Titanic's maiden voyage. Now they must figure out how to save a new friend, and return to the present, before time runs out.

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Publishers Weekly
In the first of four titles launching the Return to Titanic time-travel series, spring break takes an unexpected turn for seventh-graders Tucker Paulsen and Maya Cho. While helping Tucker’s museum curator mother process artifacts from the Titanic for an exhibit, the two friends discover a crate marked “Special Collection,” and one of the objects inside, a ticket aboard the ship, sends them back to 1912 Queenstown, where the final group of passengers is boarding the ship before it sets out to sea; Tucker and Maya attempt (unsuccessfully) to warn passengers of the impending danger. Though entertaining, this series launch mainly sets up the later books—most of the action takes place on the Queenstown harbor; character development and historical detail are on the light side, though appended materials provide further information. Murphy’s impressively detailed monochromatic illustrations (not all seen by PW) appear throughout and do a nice job of bringing to life the characters and setting. Simultaneously available: Stowaways, Overboard and An Unsinkable Ship. Ages 8–11. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Tucker and Maya think they are going to have a boring spring break, because they have to spend it at the museum where Tucker's mother is a curator. The museum is hosting an exhibit of artifacts retrieved from the R.M.S. Titanic, one hundred years after its tragic maiden voyage. The kids' first assignment is to unpack a large crate. They find a note that reads, "Special Collection: Handle With Care," and the best friends remove four artifacts housed inside display containers. A passenger's ticket, a tea cup, a damaged violin, and a dingy life vest all reveal something about the Titanic's story. What Tucker and Maya discover is that each item is a magic key to time travel. Part mystery and part history lesson, the non-stop action in this first title sets the stage for Brezenoff's four-book "Return to Titanic" series. With simple language, vivid sensory details, believable characters, and lively dialog, young readers will thrill to the sights and sounds of 1912, and eagerly pick up the next installment. The book is particularly well-designed, with visual elements that reflect a nautical theme, visual cues to help readers keep track of where they are in time and space, and illustrations that bring both the past and the present to life. Additional information in the back of the book gives students a look at historical documents, and describes real people who appear as characters in the book. With short chapters and plenty of suspense to keep readers engaged, this series is recommended for fans of "The Magic Treehouse" series, students interested in history, and anyone who loves a good adventure. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Middle schoolers Tucker Paulson and Maya Cho are in for quite a surprise when they simultaneously grab a ticket from a special collection at a history museum and find themselves transported back in time to the actual embarkation of the Titanic voyage at Queenstown, Ireland. They try desperately to warn others boarding the ship that the journey is doomed but no one will heed them. They meet a young passenger, Liam, but even he can't be convinced to avoid the launch. In book two, the eighth graders are transported directly onto the Titanic. After unsuccessfully attempting to convince Liam and his family not to board the ship, the two friends are anxious to continue their efforts to save him. They determine their method of time travel by the artifact. They choose a teacup and are transported to the dining room of the Titanic, on the actual date that the vessel sank. They don't have much time! Unfortunately, the teacup accidentally breaks, sending them back to their own time without saving the passengers. Excellent-quality illustrations appear throughout and capture many of the period details. These two easy-to-read books will appeal to reluctant reads and are a fun way to tie into a unit on the Titanic.—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia, NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434246721
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Return to Titanic , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
844,266
File size:
19 MB
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Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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