“Jumpin’ the Rails!” is a time-travel adventure set in the American Civil War and present day.
Two small-town Alabama boys, Aleks and Adam, grow up in the midst of Civil War reenactments at the Fort, but when they discover a time window in the backyard of The Griggs House, their real-life 1860s adventure begins. They travel on the nineteenth century railroad and it takes them to legendary battles and places. They come face to face with Oates, Lee and Pickett, meet their ancestors and encounter hostile Johnnies and Yanks. The teenage boys are much like spectators at a football game but what they once considered a game turns real at Gettysburg and through a turn of events the best friends become separated by time and gain the attention of those who will stop at nothing to gain knowledge of time-travel.
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Jumpin’ the Rails involves time travel, trains, history, battles, humor, and lots of twists and turns. A journal and third person narrative present the story of how two teenage boys, one African-American and one European-American, learn to time travel and explore America’s Civil War era and create changes in American history. Science intervenes and leaves one boy in the past, to deal with the societal role placed on him, allowing the author to weave in commentary on the issue of slavery. While a fun read, this book also presents thought-provoking situations and could be used for classroom studies. I was gifted a copy of this book. C.M. Huddleston, award-winning author of the Greg's Adventures in Time series.