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Double Time Hardcover – March 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Brookfield Reader; First Edition edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930093004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930093003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,251,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7 Up-After an accident in their father's top-secret lab, Jason must go back in time from 2097 to the Civil War to find his sister. Since their mother died four years earlier, the twins' father has been even more distant, and now Jason fears that he has lost Jaynie as well. Once in the past, Jason encounters Daniel, a runaway slave who saw her captured by a band of minstrels in a yellow wagon. The two teens track the wagon to Gettysburg, escaping several times from both Union and Confederate troops before getting her back. The story is too full of coincidences and, other than Daniel, peopled with fairly flat characters. Jason comes across as a typical angry young man, and Jaynie, aside from one or two instances, acts like a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued. Daniel is much more of a fully realized character whose decisions and actions don't seem scripted, except when he decides to stay with Jason rather than go with a band of escaped slaves the boys encounter. Overall, this is a book that only die-hard time-travel fans or Civil War buffs may enjoy.
Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"….An amazing account of United States history comes to life as the story unfolds. Highly recommended for young adults." -- Ann S. Richardson, PhD, Montgomery County MD Public Schools

"….The Civil War comes hauntingly to life in a way that no school textbook could depict. Engrossing, highly educational." -- The Book Reader

"….Vincent Sescoe has a winner! Suspend reality and let your imagination take you on an exciting adventure in history." -- Keith Nelson, Pamplin Historical Park

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jason Trent is seventeen and travels back in time from 2097 to 1863 Virginia to find his twin sister Jaynie was accidentally transported there in her father's time machine. This is a time of Civil War and runaway slaves. Jason teams up with former slave Daniel Williams who witnessed Jaynie's abduction by traveling minstrels. Together the two boys track the abductors and during a three-week odyssey visit wartime Washington, are captured as spies, encounter the Underground Railroad, and stop a conspiracy that could have otherwise changed the course of history. Vincent Sescoe is a master storyteller whose young readers will enjoy this novel of high adventure while they also learn fascinating, true life details of the Civil War. Highly recommended for school and community library collections, the text of Double Time is occasionally enhanced with black and white illustrations by Clinton Helms.
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