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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385734190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,867,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fifteen-year-old Tommy Latrella is about to board his beloved New York City subway system as he runs away from home to escape the shadow of his older brother, a fireman who perished in the attacks of 9/11. But when a prank goes horribly wrong, the subway jettisons him back to 1918, where Italian immigrants take him in and fix him up with a backbreaking job building subway tunnels. Tommy faces success and tragedy, and then is thrown by a subway crash into 1932, where Depression-era struggles compel him to work for the Mafia as a money collector. It takes a third round of time travel, this one to the middle of World War II, for Tommy to realize that he won’t get to return home until he starts making up for his past mistakes. It’s a dizzying premise that sometimes strains credibility, but de Alcantara’s obvious love for New York is infectious, especially for history buffs, and his ability to fashion gritty realism within a fantastical plot sets this thriller apart. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

About the Author

Pedro de Alcantara is a Brazilian musician who lives in Paris and travels the world teaching the Alexander Technique, a method that improves habits of movement and thought in everyday activities. His first novel for young readers, Befiddled, is available from Yearling.

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Pedro de Alcantara's books include the children's novels "Befiddled" and "Backtracked" (both published by Delacorte Press) and works of non-fiction for adults, including "Indirect Procedures: A Musician's Guide to the Alexander Technique" (published by the Oxford University Press and translated into French, German, and Japanese), "Integrated Practice: Coordination, Rhythm & Sound" (also published by the OUP), and "The Alexander Technique: A Skill for Life" (published by Crowood). Pedro is currently finishing a new novel for young readers. Pedro travels the world giving seminars and master classes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barney Lehrer on June 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A great read for any age. As a lifelong NY subway rider I was happily surprised to read subway lore and history I never knew. And great history education for kids too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura from the Bronx on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Backtracked: is fast paced, it's got true New York subway grit, graffiti, mafiosi goons,time travel- what else could a teenager want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna S. Reid on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is supposed to be for the teen set, but I am way beyond that and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not only is the story engaging and entertaining but the details in the historical time periods are perfect. This book screams major motion picture!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Mench on May 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
BacktrackedI just finished Backtracked. It's a whale of a tale. While reading it, I sometimes missed Becky Cohen (the main character in another work by Pedro de Alcantara), because I related more to her than I did to Latrella, despite his being Italian (like me), and having traveled to 1918, the year of my Father's birth, and through historical pockets that my ancestral family would have recognized. Backtracked is a bit dark but utterly captivating. I especially enjoyed the way the history came to life, and the way de Alcantara made the reader feel present. Some of the subway history made me remember my early travels on some of those subways that no longer exist or no longer exist in the same way. All in all, the book is amazingly imaginative and beautifully written. It ends brilliantly. This is a book aimed at young adults that this very old adult enjoyed enormously.
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