Time Traitor

Time Traitor

by Todd McClimans

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ISBN-13: 9781937997366
Publisher: Northampton House
Publication date: 01/16/2014
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Todd McClimans is an elementary school principal and former fifth grade teacher. He holds BA degrees in Creative Writing and Elementary Education and MAs in Creative writing and Educational Leadership.
Todd lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids. A self-styled history buff and fantasy nerd, Todd first became interested in writing about American history when teaching his fifth graders the riveting stories of patriots and their struggle for independence during the Revolutionary War. He aims to bring history to life for young readers by writing stories with a careful mixture of historical fact and fantastical story-telling with characters to which young readers can relate.
Outside of his duties as principal, husband, father, and writer, Todd spends his free time (as sparse as it may be) reading, running, and riding his bike. He is an avid reader of anything fantasy and lists his current favorite authors (a list that is never exhaustive) as Lois Lowry, J.K. Rowlings, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, David McCollugh, and George R.R. Martin.

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TIME TRAITOR 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TyLew 11 months ago
In Time Traitor by Todd McClimans, the main characters, Kristi Connors and Ty Jordan, are just two kids attending George Washington Prep School. Kristi hates the place and is trying to get herself kicked out by humiliating her history teacher, Xavier Arnold. She rigs up his desk with explosive fireworks, unscrews his desk chair, and basically just annoys him every waking hour at Washington Prep. Ty, originally from England, is as timid as a mouse, hiding out from bullies and trying to get his school work done in the unlikeliest of places. When Ty sees Kristi rigging another trap for Arnold, Kristi becomes worried he might snitch. During Arnold’s lesson, his desk explodes and he demands to know who did it. Naturally, if Ty tells on Kristi, she would be expelled, but he sticks up for her, so they become relatively close friends. When the two of them trace Arnold's family tree back to Benedict Arnold, the American traitor, they become suspicious of something. After Kristi is sent to detention with Mr. Arnold and she hears something strange, she soon realizes what Mr. Arnold has done: made a time machine. Ty soon finds Kristi with Mr. Arnold, but she is scared as she is tied up. Mr. Arnold kidnaps them, bringing them with him on his mission: to rewrite history in his great ancestor's favor. I really enjoyed Time Traitor because of its twisting turns of the story, the science of the time travel, and the characters’ personalities. In the book, as the characters talk and go about their work, I felt like I was yet another character watching them. The whole concept of time travel amazes me, so this book was a perfect fit for me! I give this book five stars, only because I can’t give it more. I would recommend this book for all ages but for 10-12 in particular. I am definitely going to read the other books written by Todd McClimans if they share but a fraction of the incredible writing!
LitPick 11 months ago
Time Traitor by Todd McClimans is a riveting tale of misadventure, greed, history, and friendship. Kristi Connors and Ty Jordan have almost nothing in common except that they both attend the same boarding school, George Washington Prep. And they both have the same history teacher, Dr. Xavier Arnold. One day, after Kristi pulls one of her many practical jokes on Dr. Arnold, she is placed in detention. Following a series of unfortunate events, Kristi discovers one of Dr. Arnold’s big secrets: he has been building and perfecting a time machine! Meanwhile, Ty decides to do a little research on their teacher and discovers some disturbing news. It turns out that Dr. Arnold is the descendant of the Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold! Kristi and Ty begin to connect the dots, but not nearly fast enough. When another adult at their school turns out to be in league with Dr. Arnold, Kristi and Ty are unwillingly whisked back in time to the Revolutionary War. Now the two unlikely friends have to skirt battlefields, slave catchers, and more in order to find Dr. Arnold and make their way back home. They also have to stop Dr. Arnold from permanently altering history! Will Ty and Kristi make it in time? Or will they be too late? Opinion: The surprising twists and turns and non-stop action of this time-travel novel definitely make it worth the read! Time Traitor not only met my expectations, it blew them out of the water! This book has the capacity to appeal to a larger age group than its designated division of middle-school ages. As a high-schooler, I was wonderfully entertained! While Ty and Kristi’s family situations are not the best, both of the characters experience growth in maturity and their way of thinking throughout this novel, leading to huge decisions at the end of their journey that neither of them would have been capable of making at the beginning of the story. Dr. Arnold can easily be labeled as the "bad guy" of the story. While he does not demonstrate adequate teaching skills, he teaches us that greed never leads to satisfaction. In his mad quest to alter history, he forgets the consequences that will ensue and becomes blind to everyone but himself. The plot of this story was nerve-wracking and fun! I was able to keep pace with it and was never bored. Expertly woven into the action scenes and plot twists lies an underlining message that conveys: Our history is history for a reason. We can’t let our past define us because we can’t change it without consequences. Overall, I thought this book was amazing and deserves a spot on every bookshelf! While it isn’t necessarily a book that teaches history, it is a wonderful masterpiece that anyone would enjoy reading in their spare time! Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer
LitPick 11 months ago
Time Traitor by Todd McClimans is a riveting tale of misadventure, greed, history, and friendship. Kristi Connors and Ty Jordan have almost nothing in common except that they both attend the same boarding school, George Washington Prep. And they both have the same history teacher, Dr. Xavier Arnold. One day, after Kristi pulls one of her many practical jokes on Dr. Arnold, she is placed in detention. Following a series of unfortunate events, Kristi discovers one of Dr. Arnold’s big secrets: he has been building and perfecting a time machine! Meanwhile, Ty decides to do a little research on their teacher and discovers some disturbing news. It turns out that Dr. Arnold is the descendant of the Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold! Kristi and Ty begin to connect the dots, but not nearly fast enough. When another adult at their school turns out to be in league with Dr. Arnold, Kristi and Ty are unwillingly whisked back in time to the Revolutionary War. Now the two unlikely friends have to skirt battlefields, slave catchers, and more in order to find Dr. Arnold and make their way back home. They also have to stop Dr. Arnold from permanently altering history! Will Ty and Kristi make it in time? Or will they be too late? Opinion: The surprising twists and turns and non-stop action of this time-travel novel definitely make it worth the read! Time Traitor not only met my expectations, it blew them out of the water! This book has the capacity to appeal to a larger age group than its designated division of middle-school ages. As a high-schooler, I was wonderfully entertained! While Ty and Kristi’s family situations are not the best, both of the characters experience growth in maturity and their way of thinking throughout this novel, leading to huge decisions at the end of their journey that neither of them would have been capable of making at the beginning of the story. Dr. Arnold can easily be labeled as the "bad guy" of the story. While he does not demonstrate adequate teaching skills, he teaches us that greed never leads to satisfaction. In his mad quest to alter history, he forgets the consequences that will ensue and becomes blind to everyone but himself. The plot of this story was nerve-wracking and fun! I was able to keep pace with it and was never bored. Expertly woven into the action scenes and plot twists lies an underlining message that conveys: Our history is history for a reason. We can’t let our past define us because we can’t change it without consequences. Overall, I thought this book was amazing and deserves a spot on every bookshelf! While it isn’t necessarily a book that teaches history, it is a wonderful masterpiece that anyone would enjoy reading in their spare time! Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Time Traitor is a great middle grade read. McClimans is a former teacher who does a wonderful job of weaving history lessons into a compelling, action-packed story full of humor and vivid characters. The first in a series of historical time traveling adventures, Time Traitor is the journey of two young outcasts who travel back to the American Revolution with their cruel, revenge seeking professor. They learn to depend on each other, make connections, and overcome adversity far more difficult that what they had been facing in their own time. My eight year old son and I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to the next adventure!