Saturday Softcover: Just in Time… No, really: Just in Time

As easy as A, B, C . . . From HA

That’s the name of the series of books by Cheri Pray Earl & Carol Lynch Williams. Each of the books, two at present with a third coming out spring of 2014, involves time travel to a different state at a different time in history. I’m guessing they’re planning on doing at least 50 total.Just in Time 01-small

The first one, The Rescue Begins in Delaware, takes place in 1776 and has a special guest appearance by Caesar Rodney. A fun story and history lesson all rolled into one.

Just in Time 02-smallThe second one, Sweet Secrets of Pennsylvania, takes us to Hershey, PA, 1903. Milton Hershey, the Hershey chocolate creator is the guest star in this one. The kids help him… well, I’ll let you find out.

Everybody loves the idea of time travel. Our heroes’ problem is their parents are trapped in time because they’ve been removing artifacts from historical places and bringing them back to the present to be housed in their museum.

It seems time doesn’t like being tampered with. The kids and their grandpa determine the only way to bring their parents back to the present is to return all the things their parents… um… borrowed.

Their first trip to Vermont, to return a school desk and bench, puts them in contact with Cesar Rodney, the swing vote for Vermont and the passing of the Declaration of Independence. The rule for passage was that all states had to approve, not just a majority. The delegation was split down the middle and Rodney was needed back in Philadelphia ASAP so he could place his vote for independence.

The kids see their parents as they leave the area, but can’t get them aboard the time machine in time. They realize it wouldn’t work because there were still items needing to be returned.

Through the magic of the time machine, the parents are able to send limited messages through a disconnected telegraph to Grandpa’s basement. They send information about the year and a light will appear on a map of the United States. This is how they learn the where and when of their next trip. It seems the parents are moved by and through time whenever items are returned.

The kids check the log book and find what had been removed from Hershey, PA and get ready for their next trip.

Oh, did I mention the fact that one of the two time travelers is changed into an animal. Gracie became a horse in Vermont, their father was a bird. I’ll let you find out who gets changed into what in book two.

They’re good reads and very informative, especially for middle graders. Somehow I think many adults will learn some interesting facts about American history as well. And they’ll have fun while they’re doing it.

And last, but certainly not least, the artwork by Manelle Oliphant in these novels is superb. They really add to the enjoyment of the stories.

Available through all retail booksellers. I’ve preordered number three, The Wizard of Menlo Park, NY, from Amazon.

See you day-after-tomorrow for Monday Moans


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One response to “Saturday Softcover: Just in Time… No, really: Just in Time

  1. Great review. I want to read them.

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