On the first day of school, in a new city, Sarah Sachs experiences the shock of her life when she sees a car drive right through a strange boy. Did she really see it, or was it a figment of her imagination?
The boy? Matt Barnes, son of the world-famous physicist, Dr. Nathan Barnes.
The figment? Not so imaginary. A powerful new technology that could be behind Dr. Barnes?s disappearance.
Sarah becomes swept up in Matt Barnes's life as she helps him search for his father. They uncover an unusual device in a secret laboratory - a device that throws them far from the modern city of Ottawa into the forest-matted land of the 1600's. In this strange New World, they must contend with wild animals and somehow survive a war between the Algonquin and Iroquois nations. But eventually they'll have to make a decision that might change the world as we know it. Should they meddle with time?
"Combining time travel technology, history and mystery, Time Meddlers is an enthralling science fiction story that transports readers from present day Ottawa back in time to the 1600s....Suspense, humour and memorable characters make this exciting adventure a page turner."
- Diana Mumford, Canadian Teacher Magazine
"Recommended. The characters are very real, and the situations make the book quite a page turner. Can time travel change history? . . . Includes a glossary of Native tribes and terms, and a set of questions for reading groups."
- Children's Literature
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As Sarah walked, stewing over her miserable life, a flicker of movement across the street caught her eye. A boy was walking parallel to her with hunched shoulders and a twisted grimace on his face. He was kicking snow and punching shadows. He seemed oblivious to the frolicking kids, or to her. His eyes focused on the snow like it was an enemy.
Sarah looked away from him, but every now and then she'd look up and find they were keeping pace with each other. The boy seemed typical of kids from this northern town--bulky parka, Maple Leaf toque and a cold-flushed face under the snowflakes--yet he was different. He was distant from the others--an outsider, like her. She couldn't stop watching him.
Finally they reached an intersection and he turned in her direction. It looked like he was about to cross the street. Yet he didn't look up, didn't pay attention to the traffic lights, didn't even glance down the street; he just kept walking.
Sarah saw the red Explorer racing down the icy street. She screamed, "Hey, kid. Look out!" Her stomach clenched and dropped as if weighted by heavy ball bearings. The SUV jammed its brakes, skidded from side to side on the slick asphalt and went right through the kid. The boy kept walking, untouched.
Sarah stood there in shock, immobile. The boy walked past her, meeting her eyes for a split second.
"Wh-who-what are you?" she asked.
He shrugged, smiled and kept walking.
Sarah sank down in the snow bank and watched him continue up the street and into the yard of the red brick school. She shook her head. Had she really seen what she had just seen? The Explorer slammed to a stop, twisted halfway across the road, and thedriver jumped out of the car. He looked back at the intersection, one hand poised in midair and the other scratching his head.
"He should be dead," he muttered. "Thank goodness, thank goodness."
Sarah blinked. Snowflakes whipped into her face and pasted to her eyelashes.
"I must have missed him, hadn't I?" he called over to her.
She nodded, but as she turned away from the driver she whispered, "You hit him dead on."
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Sarah Sachs is in the sixth grade. She and her dad moved from large Toronto to small Ottawa. As Sarah walks to her new school she is surprised to see a boy walk into the street without checking for oncoming vehicles. Her surprise turns into the first of many shocks when Sarah watches the skidding vehicle drive completely through the boy as if he was not there! This is how Sarah makes her first, though reluctant, friend Matt Barnes. ....................... Professor Nathan Barnes is a famous scientist who has been missing since Matt's birth. Matt lives with his dad's assistant, Nadine, who is nice to him only when the public is looking. Matt wants nothing more than to know if his father is really alive somewhere or not. Sarah and Matt dive head-long into researching the answer. ....................... The duo end up locating a machine that Dr. Barnes created for traveling into different eras. Before they know it, Sarah and Matt are dropped into the year 1615. Worse, they are in the middle of a war between the Algonquin and Iroquois notions. Knowing their own history, Matt wants to be a peace negotiator and halt the upcoming battles. This would save many lives. However, Sarah is not sure that Matt's idea is a good one since it could very well change history as they know it. If history changes, so will the future. ..................... ***** An extremely well done story that will have you rethinking your ideas on quantum theories. Though the tale involves multiple universes and the possibility of time travel, it is told in such a way that kids as young as the age of eight can easily understand everything. The book is recommended by the publisher for children between ages eight and twelve. However, I believe that young adults (teens) will highly enjoy the story as well. ....................... The back of the book is filled with a short glossary, discussions for reading groups, and even some activities that could be done in the classroom. This novel is so exciting that kids will probably not even realize how much they are learning. Excellent! *****
Sixth grader Sarah Sachs is not happy living in Ottawa with her father a member of parliament while her mother is back in Toronto working at the job she loves. Sarah also misses her friends but on the first day of school, she notices a boy who lives in her housing complex. They walk together but don¿t talk. When a car hits the boy, it goes right through him leaving him unharmed. At school he sits next to her and she learns his name is Matt Barnes.--------------------- Sarah learns that Matt Barnes¿ father is a famous archeologist who has made new discoveries all across the world but he never comes home to see his son Matt lives with Nadine, his father¿s cruel assistant. Later after much brainstorming, Matt and Sarah break in to his father¿s lab for some answers, but Nadine catches them. She tells them Matt¿s father is back in time in one of the universes of the multiverse and he can travel through time but can¿t come home. Nadine throws Sarah and Matt back in time to when the Algonquin and Mohawk tribes were at war with each other. They do their best to warn both tribes to be wary of the whites and what to do to preserve their culture. They want to find a way back to their own time and to extract Matt¿s father from wherever he is as they now know Nadine did to him what she did to them.-------------------- Time traveling fans that enjoy history will take pleasure in the appropriately named TIME MEDDLER¿S because the protagonists try to change history so that the Indians aren¿t taken advantage of by the Dutch, English and French. Nadine is a wicked villainess whom readers will love to hate as they root for the protagonists to find a way to achieve their goals including returning to their time. Deborah Jackson is a wonderful storyteller who draws her audience into her tale.----------- Harriet Klausner