Three kids. Three magical amber cubes. Countless questions. Can they find the answers?
Looking for something to get kids reading? Off screens and into books? Something different? Something fun? Get them TIMEFLIES, what the Miramichi Reader calls “A sure bet for getting middle-graders to read something worthwhile.”
Witness history unfold as Griz, Sam, and Alisha travel through time and space disguised as common houseflies. Watching as flies on the wall, young readers are entertained as they learn, laugh and empathize with the generations that came before.
In TimeFlies: The Maiden Voyage, the first book in the series, we follow as Griz, short for Grizelda, goes back to the 1980’s and discovers what inspired her parents to choose such a unique name.
Book #1 of the TIMEFLIES Adventure Series.
Back Cover Description:
OH, TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL...Unnoticed, Incognito.
What might you see? What might you learn?
Take your place on the wall with Griz, Sam, and Alisha as they travel through time and space disguised as common houseflies.
TIMEFLIES is a series of adventures in which three friends pose questions about their families. Transformed into flies, they are transported to the time and place holding the answer. Lightly sprinkled with science, geography, history, and flyswatters, TIMEFLIES is enjoyably educational. Humorous and action-packed, readers engage emotionally as the characters learn what motivates their families’ behaviours, fostering empathy and understanding.
Bonus Materials are included at the back of each book and online. Activities and discussion topics invite readers and educators to continue the learning adventure when the book is done.
Table of Contents
1. AGREE TO AGREE 1
2. LITTLE AMBER CUBES 5
3. WHAT A TRIP 9
4. FLYING HIGH 16
5. VIEW FROM ABOVE 23
6. GRIZELDA’S COOKIES 28
7. WRATH OF THE FLYSWATTER 32
8. PLAYING SMALL 38
9. RETURN TRIP 44
10. KITCHEN CONVERSATIONS 47
Bug Buzz Book Club 53
Life of Fly 57
TIMEFLIES Travel Trivia 63
Buzz Words 67
KEEP ON BUZZING! 71
About the Author 73
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great idea for a story and executed brilliantly. Getting to see your parents as children while disguised as a fly! My kids love the characters and I found the sentimental part very touching. Highly recommended. Looking forward to more.
Grizelda Day was a 9-year old contemplating on why her parents chose such a bizarre name for her. Then something happened that sent her spiraling out of control. It all started with the flies-in-the-cube novelty. Could licking it really help you travel through time? Well, one lick, and POOF! She and her friends were houseflies. The story of their adventure was just beginning―their adventure as TIMEFLIES. When thinking about the past, you sometimes can't help but wonder what it would've been like if you had been a fly on the wall. Well, Grizelda and her friends now had that opportunity. You empathize with Grizelda's desire to be closer to her parents. It just seems that they spend more time on their phones than anything else. This time-travelling adventure to find the origin of her name actually allowed her to understand her parents more. In this case, she learns that her mother, as a child, had to take care of herself and her parents, often having to prepare the meals and clean the house. Grizelda ends up taking a new understanding, promising to make things better upon her return. I liked this book! I enjoyed the little, black-and-white illustrations filtered throughout the book. Readers will enjoy seeing the trio overcoming obstacles like learning to use their fly wings and avoiding the horrible swatter. I also liked how the story teaches you the inner-workings of a fly, like how they regurgitate food before eating it. A great, fun-filled, time-traveling adventure. I can't wait to see where the TIMEFLIES go from here.