Perfect for fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix, When You Reach Me, and Savvy, this charming time-travel story from husband-and-wife team Marisa de los Santos and David Teague follows one girl's race to change the past in order to save her father's future.
Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family's secret—and forbidden—ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?
Told in alternating voices between Margaret and Josh, this heartwarming story shows that sometimes the forces of good need a little extra help to triumph over the forces of evil.
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Marisa de los Santos is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.
David Teague is the author of the picture book Franklin’s Big Dreams. With his wife, Marisa de los Santos, he is the coauthor of Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars. Married for over twenty years, Marisa and David live with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finn and Huxley, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Date of Birth:August 12, 1966
Place of Birth:Baltimore, Maryland
Education:Un. of Virginia, BA in Eng; Sarah Lawrence College, MFA in Poetry; Un. of Houston, Ph.D. in Eng. and Creative Writing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There is so much I love about this book. What a great story of hope, friendship and faith!
You won't put this down until it's finished. Eat first. By MARTYANNE KOWALSKI on May 8, 2014 Format: Hardcover Saving Lucas Biggs is a wonderful read. You won't put this down until it's finished. Eat first. There are lessons on the level of friend, or family, or community. The community faces a company town, as families do what they can to survive, and friendships are created under hardship. Of course, company towns are about as simultaneously as big and as personal as social injustice gets. Every family has secrets and stories. Some of these secrets and stories make meaning in folk's lives. Sometimes they whisper about 'almost.' It makes you wish you could time-travel and turn that 'almost' until it turns fully, truly 'right.' Margaret O'Malley is one of a few people who might do more than wish. Sometimes, something so close to going right turns and goes wrong, wrong, straight on past decades of replicated wrongs. Can the magic of friendship, a heart full of peace, and the connection of family really change the present into a much nicer future?Margaret O'Malley hopes so. And she isn't alone. Family, friendship, community all have her back in one way or another. P.S. I like to fancy the Kowalski boys in this book are my husband's relatives. I admit I am biased, because I adore everything either of these authors have written. I have met Marisa at a book signing. I love David Teague's work, but I am SO pleased that this book, written by the husband and wife team, is as good as all the other books. Keep Writing!
This book is written for middle-grade readers. However, both the adults and adolescent readers in this house enjoyed the book immensely. The writers handed off the characters seamlessly. We felt like the characters were well developed and hated to bid them good-bye at the end of the book. Kudos as well to the illustrator for the beautifully designed cover. Recommend.
My Likes About This Book: 1.) That Margaret and Charlie are great friends, which also looks like it could bloom into a wonderful kind of young love. 2.)Each chapter is marked with the year the events are occurring in and the name of the character that is narrating that chapter so there was no confusion in the way of how the story flowed. 3.)Vividly detailed settings and characters. 4.)A storyline that tugs at your heart and makes you want to see this book all the way till the end. My Dislikes About This Book: 1.)I wish there had been a little more traveling back through time. Can I get a whoop, whoop from all my fellow Dr. Who fans out there. 2.)I feel that the change that come over Lucas Biggs towards the end of the book is to quick to be very believable even younger children can pick up on situations like this and it effects the overall view one has about the story
This is really cool and its picking up what im putting down