J FICTION (Grades 2 & 3)
Lincoln’s Legacy by Stacia Deutsch
Third-grade teacher Mr. Caruthers asks his students, “What would have happened if Abraham Lincoln hadn’t freed the slaves?” Thanks to a time-travel gadget, four students go back to 1862 and convince Lincoln not to quit the presidency. 104 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Blast to the Past series.)
Robert Gould’s Rex
by Robert Gould and Kathleen Duey J GOULD
Mikey and Robbie Davis find a time portal in the Green Woods and are transported to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They then find themselves face to face with a T. Rex. 48 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Time Soldiers series.)
My Mom the Pirate by Jackie French
Cecil’s mom wants him in a good school, so he time-travels 400 years into the future each day to attend elementary school. Will Parents’ Night be a disaster when his mom shows up wearing her black boots and carrying a sword? 107 pgs.
Secret in the Tower by Candice Ransom
When their parents open a bed and breakfast, Alex, Mattie and Sophie discover a secret tower room containing a magic brass spyglass that transports them back to the Revolutionary War. After meeting an injured messenger, they help deliver the message to American headquarters while avoiding being arrested as spies. 112 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Time Spies series.)
The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy by John Scieszka
The Time Warp Trio meets the Wild West. They help on a cattle drive and must cope with stampedes, a flash flood and an attack by Native Americans. 70 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Time Warp Trio series.)
Roughing It on the Oregon Trail by Diane Stanley
Twins Liz and Lenny, along with their grandmother, travel back in time to 1843 and join a group of pioneers journeying west on the Oregon Trail. (unpaged)
J FICTION (Grades 3-6)
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows E
Eleven-year-old Miri is the middle child between two sets of twins. After her family moves, she finds an old eyeglass lens. Looking through the lens transports her back to 1935, where she meets a girl named Molly who lived in the same house. Can she help Molly escape from danger by bringing her back to the present time? 211 pgs.
The Bookstore Mouse by Peggy Christian
A mouse living in an antiquarian bookstore learns the true power of words when he literally falls into a medieval tale and helps defeat a dragon named Censor. 134 pgs.
Max and Me and the Time Machine by Gery Greer
Max is suspicious when his friend Steve brings home a time machine he bought at a garage sale for $2.50. When they both end up in the year 1250 in medieval England, Max must admit the machine works. 114 pgs. (Look for other titles by this author.)
Dinosaur Habitat by Helen V. Griffith
When eight-year-old Ryan’s terrarium is knocked over, the plastic dinosaurs not only come to life, they also become huge! Ryan and his twelve-year-old brother, Nathan, soon find themselves inside the world of prehistoric creatures. 96 pgs.
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Eleven-year-old Drew visits his great aunt for the summer. After finding marbles beneath the attic floor, he trades places with his great-great-uncle, a young boy who is dying of diphtheria. Nightly marble games will decide who stays in the past, and Drew fears he may never return to his own world. 165 pgs.
The Blizzard Disaster by Peg Kehret
Warren and Betsy use the Instant Commuter device to learn about the Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940. Find out if they are able to return to the present before the deadly blizzard traps them and a young girl whose life they are trying to save. 137 pgs. (Look for other titles by this author.)
The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone A
When Jack and Ruthie visit the Art Institute’s Thorne Miniature Rooms, they find a magic key that enables them to shrink to the tiny size of the rooms. While exploring, they travel back in time to Paris and Salem, Massachusetts. Their most important discovery is an item from the present day that was left in one of the rooms. (Sequels include: Stealing Magic and The Pirate’s Coin ) 274 pgs.
by Peter Nelson and Rohitash Rao J NELSON
Ten-year-old Alex and his nerdy neighbor, Herbert, both like the video game Alien Slayer. Much to their surprise, they discover a way to time travel when wearing their Alien Slayer 3-D suits. When they travel 100 years into the future, it’s up to them to save the world from aliens in this silly adventure. 292 pgs. (Sequels include: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libreand Herbert's Wormhole: Aerostar and the 3 1/2-Point Plan of Vengeance.)
Princess in the Pigpen by Jane Resh Thomas
After tossing feverishly about on her sickbed in 17th century England, Elizabeth, a duke’s daughter, awakens to find herself mysteriously transported to an Iowa farm in the 20th century. She learns about the changes that have occurred since her day with the help of her new friend, Ann. 130 pgs.
George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff
Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, Tony and Katie are transported back to just before the Battle of Trenton by a mysterious rowboat. They have adventures in Revolutionary War times and meet George Washington himself. Will they be able to find a way across the river and return to the twentieth century? 166 pgs. (Also look for the sequel: George Washington’s Spy.)
JH FICTION (Grades 6-8)
Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer A
Gideon Seymour, a reformed thief, is hiding from a villainous criminal when two kids from the 21st century literally fall from the sky into 18th century London. Can Peter and Kate help keep Gideon safe? 404 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Gideon Trilogy series.)
Time Voyage by Steve Brezenoff
Best friends Tucker and Maya find themselves transported back to the boarding of the Titanic at the beginning of its fatal journey. They try to warn others that the ship is doomed, but no one listens. Can they change history and rescue their friends?
105 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Return to Titanic series.)
Mutiny in Time by James Dashner Ea
Using the Infinity Ring, three friends travel back in time to fix breaks in the past that have allowed history to go off course. As they battle in a secret war, can they save the future from a cataclysm of natural disasters? 190 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Infinity Ring series.)
The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy
Gib Finney has been given a device that will allow him to “undo” what has happened in the past. What event from the worst day of his life should he change in order to keep his sister from being hit by a truck? 148 pgs.
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Joe Stoshack loves baseball and is thrilled when he finds a Honus Wagner baseball card, the most valuable card in the world! Joe travels in time to meet Honus and experience baseball in 1909.
140 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Baseball Card Adventures series.)
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix L A P
Thirteen-year-old Jonah knows that he’s been adopted, and strange letters that he and his friend Chip receive lead them to a mystery about an airplane that appeared out of nowhere, filled only with babies. Could the passengers on the plane have time traveled out of history to the present day? 314 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Missing series.)
Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run
by Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger JH HEMPHILL
Twelve-year-old Stonewall spends his summers being dragged to Civil War reenactments by his parents. After he is loaned a magic bugle and sounds the “Charge,” Stonewall and his friend Ashby find themselves in the actual Battle of Bull Run. Can they keep history from being changed? 168 pgs.
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman A
It is 1960, and Sophie must spend the summer at her grandmother’s house in Louisiana. Sophie uncovers a maze in the yard, and wishing for adventure, she is transported back to 1860. After she is mistaken for a slave by her ancestors, will Sophie be able to return to the present day? 267 pgs.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead E L A P Ea S
Sixth-grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes from a homeless man who seems to know her future. Could this mystery man be a time traveler? If so, what is he doing in her New York City neighborhood? 199 pgs.
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen P
Hannah is transported in time to 1940’s Poland where she is captured and put in a Holocaust death camp. A girl named Rivka teaches her how to fight the dehumanization of the camp and hold on to her identity. 170 pgs.