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The Circle Of Gold (The Book Of Time III) Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439883776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439883771
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a helpful four-page synopsis of preceding events, the concluding volume in the Book of Time trilogy opens with Sam sitting by his comatose father’s hospital bed and determining that there’s only one way to bring him around: travel three years back in time and prevent the accident that killed his wife, Sam’s mother. Events unfold swiftly as Sam gathers the magical objects he needs to undertake this most dangerous form of time travel. Family ties and a love interest grow stronger here, but nothing slows the headlong rush into action that makes this engaging adventure story such a page-turner. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Guilaume Prévost's The Book of Time was chosen as a Fall 2007 Book Sense Pick. He lives near Versailles, France.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on March 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After rescuing his father from Dracula's castle, Sam Faulkner's days as a time traveler should be over. Unfortunately, the unknown enemy who tried to prevent their return isn't finished complicating things. Sam must journey through time again in an attempt to put a stop to the evil force threatening to destroy his family.

Sam travels to Rome during the Renaissance, seeks an ancient Chinese emperor's tomb, and takes a frightening trip into the future as he tries to save his loved ones.

The final book in THE BOOK OF TIME trilogy doesn't disappoint. Twists and turns and revelations thrilled me with each turn of the page. Though I'd never been a fan of time travel, I couldn't help but enjoy the ride as I skipped through time with Sam and the other characters in Prévost's series.

I loved the way Prévost tied all three books together and brought the story full circle in the end. I enjoyed time traveling with Sam and, when I'm ready to travel again, I can pick up the THE BOOK OF TIME and start all over.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Guillaume Prevost's THE CIRCLE OF GOLD tells of Sam, who survives a Viking attack, threats from Chicago gangsters, and more to rescue his father. The Book of Time III continues his adventures, for even though he's returned with his father to the present, the enemy waits to capture them again - and Sam must take a last series of steps through time to confront not only the past, but the future. Collections with the other series books will welcome this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In Book I of The Book of Time trilogy, Sam Faulkner's journey to find his father begins on his 14th birthday after he visits his father's antique bookstore. In Book II, THE GATE OF DAYS, his quest continues with the help of his 12-year-old cousin Lily, who inadvertently joins him to rescue his father from the dungeon of Bran Castle. Along the way, he encounters the evil Arkos Man, who seems to be one step ahead of his every move. Also in the second installment, Sam meets a guide who shares secrets about time travel and stands up to the bloodthirsty Vlad the Impaler, the model for infamous vampire Count Dracula.

In Book III, THE CIRCLE OF GOLD, Sam has returned to present time after rescuing his father Allan from Bran Castle, where he has been imprisoned for months. But Allan is now in a deep coma and lies in a hospital bed, tethered to machines, unresponsive and seemingly without hope or the will to live. While at his father's bedside, Sam whispers his plan to go back in time to save his mother, using what he has learned during his previous time-travel voyages. Sam's words briefly trigger a reaction by his father, signaling hope for a recovery.

As Sam prepares to leave the hospital, he is both surprised and happy to see Alicia Todds, the girl of his dreams, who has come to visit his ailing father. At his grandparents' house a few days later, Sam is shaken awake by Rudolf, his Aunt Evelyn's overbearing boyfriend. Rudolf tells him that Mrs. Todds is downstairs and needs to talk to him right away. A frantic Mrs. Todds informs Sam that Alicia has been missing since the previous night and asks if he has heard from her.

Sam knows nothing about Alicia's disappearance but promises to see if she has left a message for him.
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This is a great series for tweens and adults, alike.
A great time-travel adventure.
The first book starts out a bit slow, but hang in there because it is a good series.
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