Travel to Tomorrow: Book One of the Fifties Chix Series

Overview


In this classic Collector's Edition, Angela Sage Larsen introduces a spell-binding, time-travel adventure series for young independent readers: Fifties Chix. The retro-style illustrative cover showcases the protagonists period fashion and location backdrop in this pre-series launch edition.

Sock hops. Soda fountains. Slumber parties. Life in 1955 is simple for tomboy Beverly, moody Maxine, high-spirited Judy, studious Mary and artistic Ann. But after a ...

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Overview


In this classic Collector's Edition, Angela Sage Larsen introduces a spell-binding, time-travel adventure series for young independent readers: Fifties Chix. The retro-style illustrative cover showcases the protagonists period fashion and location backdrop in this pre-series launch edition.

Sock hops. Soda fountains. Slumber parties. Life in 1955 is simple for tomboy Beverly, moody Maxine, high-spirited Judy, studious Mary and artistic Ann. But after a class assignment to predict life in the future, they wake up next morning in a future they could never have imagined (having time-traveled into a parallel universe to the 21st century. With only each other to trust, they must work together and find their way “home” to 1955; but the more they discover about the future, will they even want to go back? TRAVEL TO TOMORROW is the first title in this five-book series.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

*FIFTIES CHIX series name and author (Angela Sage Larsen) already mentioned and covered through national media, such as - Epoch Times, New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly. Schools and libraries very familiar with PETALWINK series. Endorsement by major NY Times best-selling author: Ridley Rare writing talent and appeal to young kids (PETALWINK series), tweens/teens (FIFTIES CHIX series), and women

Giveaway: Travel to Tomorrow

Electrifying Reviews

http://www.electrifyingreviews.com/2011/12/giveaway-travel-to-tomorrow.html

"On a more positive note, Fifties Chix book one Travel to Tomorrow was released on the first from FastPencil.  This was one of my favorite first books in a new series so far this year and I look forward to the rest of the series when it comes.  So check it out, there’s a ton of nifty stuff on the website and you won’t have to wait too long for the next book."

-Lauren Buxton

Lauren's Bookshelf

Media Appearances: Internet: 1/10/12

Book Giveaway and Author Interview: 

http://blkosiner.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-giveaway-and-author-interview_10.

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1.    The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or

less. In Travel to Tomorrow, 5 mismatched teens from 1955 time travel to present day after a school assignment to predict life in the future.

2.   How did you get the idea for the story? I love the nostalgia of the

1950s and was sketching different teeny bopper girl characters when I began wondering if life was truly a  simpler  time in the 50s, which we hear so often, or if life is better now (with technology, civil rights, etc). I set out to answer the question by writing the Fifties Chix book series featuring the characters I d doodled (now the artwork is done by another artist, Astrid Sheckels, who captured the characters perfectly!). There are diary entries in the book from each of the five girls; I love that kind of stuff because you get a peak at not only the secret lives of the girls, but at the time period (the 50s) through their eyes.

3.   Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with? This is

a tough one, because *of course* I think all of the characters in the Fifties Chix books are fascinating (I spend time with them every day, after all). I think at the moment, it s a tie: I d most like to have dinner with Maxine Marshall, the super-smart and introspective Fifties Chix character or Miss Boggs, the quirky and lovable teacher who gave the assignment that made them time travel. We d have a lot to talk about and I have many questions for them! I d least like to have dinner with popular girl Diane Dunkelman; she makes me so mad. She s just mean and she does not bring out my best qualities!

4.   What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to

read? My all-time favorite book for fiction/pleasure reading is To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee writes about such heavy and significant things from the light and innocent perspective of a child. It amazes me every time I read it. I make time to read because it s part of my job, but because I love reading so much, I usually feel guilty when I sit down with a book. I have to remind myself that it s work! Fortunately, I m in a book club, so that gives me not only a deadline but a  reason  to read.

5.   Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?

Oh, yes, so many works in progress! Whether it s a good thing or not, I m not one of those authors who works on one book at a time. The second Fifties Chix book, Keeping Secrets, is coming out the first quarter of 2012, and the third Fifties Chix book, Third Time s a Charm, which I m just finishing up, is coming out a few months after that. They are really exciting (including time travel to other eras and along with that, the introduction of new

characters) and I can t wait to see what the readers who love the first book will think. I m also working on at least two more titles in the Fifties Chix series. I ve got two independent titles for YA books, a screen play and two other series for adults that I am plugging away on, too.

6.   If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book

for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why? I d either choose Island of the Blue Dolphins (because running around an island with a dog sounds perfect right about now) or Under the Tuscan Sun (because hanging out in an old house in Italy and cooking stuff from my garden sounds divine). You can tell I want a vacation!

7.   Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs

on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote? I can t listen to music at all when I m actually writing, which is strange because I used to only be able to do homework with music playing.

Now, though, it s too distracting; I start focusing on the lyrics. I have been inspired by my father-in-law s 1950s quartet, The Stylemasters, though, for ideas to write in the Fifties Chix. To write, I must have something to chew on (so I won t chew my fingernails)--I either chomp gum (bubble-mint) or munch sunflower seeds still in the shell while I m tapping away on my laptop.

8.   If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Time travel, of

course!

9.   Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time? I love

making crafty stuff; painting used to be my profession, so I always enjoy that. I also am enthralled with miniatures--I have 2 dollhouses and various dioramas that I love making things for. I guess I can t get away from wanting to create other worlds and dimensions! Weather permitting, I also love to garden. Otherwise, I am happy to hang out with my husband and dog and watch movies at home.

10. Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers? I hope my books encourage girls to be strong and value themselves for the stuff that really counts. Most of all, I hope when a reader buries her nose in a book I ve written, she has the same feeling I do when I open a good book: that wonderful things are possible.

Lightning round: this or that?

Vanilla or chocolate? CHOCOLATE

Edward or Jacob? Peeta!

Hockey or soccer? Soccer

Ebook or paper? Paper

Salty or sweet? Sweet

Beach or mountains? Beach

Phone call or email? Yes :-)

Early bird or night owl? Night owl

Dog or cat? Tough one, but dog if I *must* choose Messy or neat? Messy Ninjas or pirates? Pirates (see  Beach  above)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

 
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
 
 For future Top Ten Tuesday topics, check them out here!
 
Okay so some of these may not be strictly 'Historical Fiction'... I cheated a bit on a few of them. ;) But they take place in the past, or have characters from the past... That counts, right?
 
 
2- Travel to Tomorrow- I read this book several months ago, the publisher sent it to me. I even got to intereview the author! Then my computer died and I lost the review, the notes I'd taken during the interview... I'm was slightly traumatized. However, thank heavens, one of my wonderful neighbors saved my computer and the document! I'll be able to post it soon. Check this novel out, it's not strictly historical fiction... But seriously, read it. 

 http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com/2012/03/kimberlys-top-ten-historical-fiction.html

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607461104
  • Publisher: Fastpencil Premiere
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 1,034,232
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Angela Sage Larsen is an acclaimed & versatile author/ illustrator of ten books for girls including the PETALWINK Series targeted to girls aged 3-8 which is well-know and read by children, teachers, librarians and parents to foster character education.

This newest FIFTIES CHIX series is an unparalleled  brand for tween readers providing spell-binding adventure and friendship created by Angela Sage Larsen. Time-travel, mystery, fun, and adventure among five devoted friends form the core of this series.

Angela Sage Larsen also writes the highly popular “flog” (fictional blog) geared around the FIFTIES CHIX books and brand, which is a go-to read for tween/teen girls….and creates an every-day world for FIFTIES CHIX readers to log on to and explore, communicate with, and socialize in.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Time travel with friends!

    Travel to Tomorrow is about five girlfriends doing a school project who travel 50 years into the future from 1955. They learn about friendship and what really matters in life along the way.

    I liked the book a lot because the writing style drew me in and made me feel like I was there. My Mom read it ou...t loud to me and my sister when we were on a trip this summer. When we started out, we realized that two of the characters were a lot like me and my sister. I am a singer/actress/dancer and love the idea of going to Hollywood, etc. so whenever Judy said or did something that was just like me, my sister would say, ¿Lily!¿ Then it was obvious that Mary was a lot like my sister, so my Mom decided to change the names. Judy became ¿Lily¿ and Mary became ¿Kristen.¿ We felt like we were really a part of the story.

    It was fun to read a chapter and then think about it for a while as we visited friends and historical places and then get back in the van and hear another chapter, etc. Every time we got back in the van it was like getting back in with our new friends who were waiting patiently for us: Judy (Lily), Mary (Kristen), Ann, Maxine and Beverly.
    I don¿t think I¿ve read a story like this before. The girls dealt with issues that other books deal with like being around others who are different and getting along with people from different religions, etc. but because they were from another period in time it made this book very unique.

    I would definitely recommend Travel to Tomorrow to people who like stories about girls and how they handle change. As a 13-year-old girl myself, I felt like the plot, characters, and setting were easy to picture and relate to¿especially regarding social situations, dress, school-related issues and family relationships. Another thing I really liked was that the girls were individuals and came from different backgrounds so I learned about appreciating diversity.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    Loved it!!!!

    I enjoyed reading it, the characters ( Mary, Ann, Maxine, Judy, and Beverly) all have their own personality. When the girls are asked to do a project, it goes a little bit to far. . .into the future, that is. The book has a bit of everything: humor, happiness, sadness, and a little romance. The book is probably for middle schoolers. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I hope you join the Fifties Chix as much as I do. They will become a part of you like they did me. Make sure to visit the Fifties Chix website!

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Great Read for Middle Grade Girls

    I love the Fifties Chix! This is a great book for girls - especially of the middle school age. It is about a group of five girls (all of whom are vary in their interests and personality) who are "thrown together" for a school project about what life will be like 55 years in the future. None seem pleased with this prospect. After they present their project (to not-so-great reviews or grade from the teacher), they wake up in the future. It is frightening, confusing, and stressful for all of the girls - they can't figure out what is going on! Each girl soon discovers that the girls they were "thrown together" with are the most important people and a lifeline to them in this new time. They will have to work together to find a way back to the 1950s and along the way, deal with what everyone has to deal with in the minefield that is the high school social scene. This is a great book and one that you can give your daughter without a worry. Angela Sage Larsen has written a middle school book that emphasizes the innocence, strength, and positive gifts that every girl has to offer. She does this without the main characters sinking into the all too often trap of cattiness and mean-girl mentality that so many books for this age group fall into. Can't wait for Book 2!(less)

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