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The Time Cavern (Adventure #1) (Aaron and Jake Time Travel Adventures) [Kindle Edition]

Todd A. Fonseca
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Mystery began a hundred years ago. It was never solved. Now it's happening again.

When ten-year-old Aaron moved from the big city to the country, he thought it was a boring sleepy town. Then he met Jake, a know-it-all farm girl who said his house was haunted. She claimed an Amish boy disappeared without a trace after hearing the wind call his name. Aaron thought she was just trying to scare him...until the night he heard his own name in the wind.

"Wow! What a terrific book - especially for young adult readers. What more could you ask for? Mystery, time travel, history - all rolled into one heck of a yarn." - Joseph Perrone Jr, author of As the Twig is Bent

"THE TIME CAVERN will stimulate and captivate the imagination of young readers, girls and boys alike. I urge parents and teachers to add this book to their libraries." - D. B. Pacini, author of The Loose End of the Rainbow

"The Time Cavern showcases masterful storytelling that will immediately be passed forward to one of my nephews. I highly recommend picking up a copy for the young explorers that you love." - Roy L. Pickering, author of Patches of Grey

Editorial Reviews


[The Time Cavern] reminded me of Madeleine L'Engel's sci-fi/science-themed children's books - an intelligent youth literature combination of adventure, fantasy and science. -- Aileen Cho - Associate Editor, McGraw-Hill

About the Author

Todd A Fonseca is the author of the juvenile fiction novel The Time Cavern which was named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Book two in this acclaimed series - The Inverted Cavern - was released by Ridan Publishing in December 2011.  Mr. Fonseca lives in Minnesota with his wife and four boys.

Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605520101
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing; Second edition (June 22, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001BIN0V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel so Good I Almost Forgot to Bring the Helium December 30, 2008
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The Time Cavern is a concise, well-written, and endearing story. It's highly suitable for young adult readers: it was mature and clever, yet not overly complex. As an adult, I also enjoyed the book quite a bit -- it reminded me of the Encyclopedia Brown books I used to read when I was a kid, where the hero won the day through intellect and keen observation.

The story is one of exploration and friendship, as Aaron and Jake investigate the source of mysterious voices on the wind, and become entangled in the associated legend of an Amish boy who disappeared one hundred years ago. The story takes place in the quiet farmlands of Amish country, and Aaron learns about the Amish as he plays junior detective. The two friends' adventures are challenged by everything from the rural expansiveness of the country (how does a ten year old kid get all the way into town to look up a census report?) to various riddles involving chemistry, astronomy, mechanics, and history. While the plot might seem a bit obvious to an adult reader, there are definite twists to keep younger audiences enthralled. The characters are well defined and extremely likable, and reading the book invoked a feeling of tense exploration, just like what Aaron and Jake must have felt as they first entered the Time Cavern.

In a nutshell: wonderful, creative, and inspiring!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Time Cavern is a Journey You Won't Soon Forget! June 25, 2008
I immediately think of the phrase, "judging a book by its cover," as I write this. Face it. We all do it, which is all the more reason for an author like Todd Fonseca to spend so much time on the cover of The Time Cavern. It is both appealing and eye catching. I hope that Todd's hard work pays off because readers will definitely not be disappointed with what's behind this cover.

As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to a ten year old boy named Aaron who is camping on his own for the first time. Of course, all ten year olds have a wild imagination and long for a sense of independence, so Aaron immediately begins to worry about the sounds he hears outside the tent. He also senses that he is being watched. Fonseca dedicates the book to his own son, also named Aaron. As I nestled into the story, I imagined the author creating this story as a bedtime tale for his son. If that is the case, the author has done an excellent job of transpiring his story to the page.

Aaron decides to investigate the noises outside the tent, but before doing so, he records his thoughts in a notebook. Here, we learn that Aaron is actually camping in the backyard of his new home, in which his family just moved into the day before. The beginning of the story is set up as a nice metaphor for the entire book. You may be frowning at the thought of yet another time travel story based on the title alone, but the young protagonist leaving a big concrete city and moving to the corn fields of Amish country makes for a nice set-up in my opinion which many young readers can relate to.

Fonseca has a talent for appealing to a young audience in the use of his subject matter....independence, moving to a new home, making friends, being afraid, exploration, and the use of the imagination, etc.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars had potental, but... March 3, 2010
This book was on a recommended reading list for 5th grade boys. I wish I could remember what list so I'll know to ignore it next time. I read aloud to my kids a lot and so we read this one.

This book had potential. It had concepts that any 11-year-old boy would be interested in and issues they can all relate to. The author has good storytelling instincts. Unfortunately, he lacks craft. (If the author should read this, I'd like to say that craft can be learned, but storytelling can not. You have talent. You just need to learn to write. Get a book. Take a class. Write a good book next time.)

The book was filled with little mistakes; sentences that didn't make sense, words that were in the wrong form, typos, etc. I found the use of the same boring word like big or large used twice in a sentence and multiple times in a single paragraph extremely distracting, and careless. The author's tendency to switch back and forth between the point of view character was confusing. I don't like reading a badly written book to my kids because it teaches bad writing.

Worst of all, the author fails to follow through on his themes. His primary theme is about the desire of a pre-adolescent to obtain greater personal freedom conflicting with a parent's fear that the child doesn't yet have the sense of responsibility to justify said freedom. The author begins to show the hero of the story learning that being honest with his parents and following through with promises is earning him greater freedom. But as the story continues, the hero just finds better ways to lie, even when the truth could have gotten him what he wanted. In the end, he doesn't learn.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great adventure
A great adventure with twists and turns and mystery and clues. Enough to hook the reader and make them want to continue reading.
Published 1 month ago by jsteach
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my nephew
New young reader who reads above grade average but does not deal with graphic violence. Perfect gift for him and he already is asking for others in the series
Published 6 months ago by Nancy Soltero
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!
Excellent book, I couldn't put it down. Definitely perfect for young and old alike. It's easy reading with a great story line, you can't ask for more than that.
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Cavern
A fast paced adventure for all ages! From the beginning Aaron is adjusting to his move from Minneapolis and his first friend, Jake helps make the transition much easier as they... Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Sawyer
Any kid reading this book for time travel will actually be instructed on a variety of topics, family life, Amish communities, planets, planting, types of farming equipment, and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SLR
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Fantasy
I am very impressed with this book. Although this book was clearly written for the young adult, I enjoyed reading it too. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Linda G Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very good book that was well-written and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I am in my 50s and I was getting so tired of reading books that were so heavy on swearing, detailed sex, and just... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Quilter
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts, time travel, and life on the farm.
Aaron is new in town. He's the kid whose family just moved into the haunted old farm house. But as Aaron and his new friend, Jake, dig deeper, there's more to that old ghost story... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jefferson Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Both my ten year old son and my wife really enjoyed reading this book together. They couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Belardo
3.0 out of 5 stars Time lost
Its a pretty good book, and I expect the next to be more exciting....Action could have made this book a 4 for me...
Published 15 months ago by Kenneth
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More About the Author

Growing up in the northern Indiana city of Mishawaka, Todd A Fonseca learned of the Amish culture through frequent family Sunday drives to rural Nappanee Indiana. This small town is home to a large Amish community. Those visiting the area experience the Amish through the town's shops and nearby Amish Acres.

During these early years, Fonseca's interest in the arts began with music. He became an accomplished accordionist participating in national competitions leading to a #4 placement in 1983. Fonseca has also performed in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall.

His high school career added drama to his resume. Having the role of curmudgeon Mr. Hassler in The Pajama Game, led to being cast as the lead in the production Jack and the Beanstalk.

At Marquette University, Fonseca received a Biomedical Engineering graduate degree. His professional career includes numerous positions in medical device companies. He is currently a senior clinical research director for a company researching deep brain stimulation for treating conditions such as Parkinson's Disease.

It is this eclectic mix of experiences with the Amish, the Arts, and Science that Fonseca has drawn upon to create The Time Cavern named a 2009 IE National Book Award Finalist.

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