Saturday, June 18, 2016

Display: Time Travel

It's hard to imagine H.G. Wells knowing what he'd started in 1895 by writing The Time Machine, but his work inspired countless others to speculate on the consequences of fiddling with space and time. Here are just a few (of many!) books to get young readers into this corner of science fiction, which could qualify as a genre unto itself.
by Ray Bradbury
A group of children and a "spirit" go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.

by Dennis Pepper
An Oxford collection of stories, scary and otherwise, about travel through time and dimensions, and the unforseen circumstances therein.

by Penelope Farmer
When she awakens on her second day at boarding school, a young girl finds she has gone back in time to 1918.

by Mark Twain
Nineteenth-century mechanic Hank Morgan suffers a blow to the head and wakes up in King Arthur's Court where he tries to introduce modern technology and political ideas to the inhabitants.

by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
by Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.

by Suzanne Bloom
An aardvark, an anteater, and an armadillo attempt to travel back in time when they turn a big box into a time machine.

by Jon Scieszka
Joe, Fred, and Sam demonstrate some of their favorite professional wrestling moves, including the "Time Warp Trio Blind Ninja Smackdown," when they're transported to ancient Rome and forced to fight as gladiators in the Colosseum.

by Mary Pope Osborne
Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River.

by Mary Pope Osborne
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie use the magic treehouse to travel back to the Middle Ages, where they explore a castle and are helped by a mysterious knight.

by Jon Scieszka
Joe, Sam and Fred Are celebrating Joe's Birthday when he receives a present from his Uncle Joe. Soon the boys are transported through time to the 18th century and find themselves prisoners of Blackbeard the pirate

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