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  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616202203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616202200
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8-This transcendent middle-grade debut could almost be subtitled "A Young Person's Guide to Existentialism." The opening scene presents Edward struggling to get out of bed with the knowledge that "it was all dancing atoms. Nothing was solid." It's not a depressing novel, though. The story is strange and beautiful, with profundity hiding in the mundane while science and magic come to a comfortable alliance. After convincing himself to leave his bed, Edward has to find a rock for a science project. The rock turns out to be a Fetch, a magical vessel for small glints of light called Foragers, who collect and feed off unmissed moments of time. But when the mean girl steals Edward's rock and is in turn kidnapped by three evil hags in the classic tradition, the Foragers are let loose and begin wreaking havoc on Brooklyn's temporality. It is up to Edward and three mismatched schoolmates (the popular guy, the nasty girl, and the silent newcomer) to return the Foragers to the Fetch and save the world. The narrative seems to follow a well-trodden path (Brooklyn, fairies, unexpected friendship) but the introduction of scientifically based ennui as well as a deep thread of pagan traditions provides an accessible, age-appropriate introduction to deeper themes of both the intellect and the spirit. But it's not heavy-the plot is suspenseful, moves at a rapid pace, and is heavily sprinkled with fascinating characters. Despite the well-wrapped-up ending, this book screams for a sequel.-Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Eighth-grader Edward is a loner and a slacker and, you know, nearly causes time itself to vanish. Edward remembers he must bring in a rock for science class, but what he finds is no ordinary rock. It is a “Fetch,” and the purpose of the tiny organisms inside, called “foragers,” is to steal time, just a second here and there. Because the Fetch is opened prematurely, the foragers multiply rapidly and begin stealing time in a frenzy. They will destroy the world on the winter solstice unless Edward and the three others who touched the Fetch can stop them. Tension mounts on several fronts, but Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit remain central to preventing the disaster as they follow the quirky, detailed instructions Edward’s aunt gives them. Herrick weaves a fast-paced fantasy with great twists and turns that will grab readers from the start. In the final chapter at Aunt Kit’s winter-solstice party, Herrick ties the characters together and brings closure to situations, leaving readers with a satisfied sense of coherency. Grades 5-8. --J. B. Petty

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A rich cast of characters and a compelling storyline.
Meanwhile, Herrick found way to add a really fun adventure that kept me reading until the end of the book.
The characters were believable and the visuals the author created of their world are really colorful.
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There's much to like about this work. It offers a nice change of pace from too many heavy-hitting, do it because I said so, prove everyone right/wrong, what's happening to my life, save the universe offerings. As I read I wondered if real time travel was involved. What I'm suggesting is a little outlandish, but the characters in Herrick's work are absolutely as refreshing and haunting as those brought to life in that 1980's classic, "The Breakfast Club" which was written and directed by John Hughes and I'm wondering if maybe a long, long time ago Herrick and Hughes sat down over a good cup of tea and chatted about the stories they'd share with the world...

Now, stay with me on this one. We all know "The Breakfast Club" was far from perfect, but that's what made it so meaningful. It became yet another brick in a wall of understanding. I wasn't the only one who had so far to go to get wherever I was going at that age. I knew those characters then and the me at 14 knew the characters in "The Time Fetch" because they all dared to show and give meaning to their own definition of loneliness, uncertainty, and other emotions and misgivings of adolescence. Plus, they dared to be better than what they thought defined them. Kudos to Herrick for developing believable and smart characters - no cookie cutter mentalities found here!

Meanwhile, Herrick found way to add a really fun adventure that kept me reading until the end of the book. Several other comments have been made about the odd pacing of the story which I thought actually lent an air of authenticity to the story. We're talking about the lives of imperfect, unpredictable young people, after all. Had, in fact, Hughes been able to read this work I wonder how it would have affected his own.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alice Berger on September 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mistaking the Time Fetch as an ordinary rock, Edward picks it up to bring to science class and wakes it from its slumber. Its purpose is to send out foragers to gather those moments that won't be missed, to be redistributed to others in the Great Web. But now that the Fetch has been roused prematurely, it creates chaos in the foragers' indiscriminate theft of time.

Only four classmates have touched the Fetch, and now they have knowledge and understanding of what's going on around them that no one else seems to have. Danton, Edward, Brigit and Feenix have to work together to save the universe from the out-of-control foragers. But first they will need to outwit some witches, the Unraveler, and beasts intent on stopping them.

The Time Fetch is one of the most enjoyable young adult books I've read. The story is fast-paced and absorbing, and I had a hard time putting this book down. The magic and fantasy, as well as the unlikely partnership of these four very different classmates, is on par with the Harry Potter series. It was great watching them make the decision to work together, putting aside their differences, and becoming friends in the process. I highly recommend this book for all ages.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Breukellen Riesgo on September 18, 2013
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I can see why The Time Fetch has garnered comparisons to that great YA classic A Wrinkle In Time (which was one of my earliest introductions to scifi/phantasmagoria). The Time Fetch has that same quality of science meets surrealism that can completely draw you in and make you feel like the real world you're living in might not be exactly what it seems (I've also had this feeling elicited from reading Neil Gaiman.) The characters are rounded out so well that my heart leaped and plunged with theirs, and I was so filled with emotion by the final chapter that I cried some healthy tears of joy.

The Time Fetch is a gripping introduction to the genre for young folk, and a great continuation of it for adults. I didn't feel like I was reading a book that was written for children, but rather a fully crafted piece of literature that happened to be about the adventures of middle school aged characters.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on September 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick features a unique premise and a diverse group of main characters. The novel follows a group of four classmates who, though they interact daily, know very little about one another. This changes after the students are tasked with bringing a rock to school for their science class. Edward, waiting to the last minute to finish the assignment, grabs the only rock he can find on his way to school, but this isn't any ordinary rock. The rock is actually a Time Fetch, the resting place for foragers who do just that: fetch - or collect - time. Soon, with time disappearing all over the place and some particularly nasty witches on the hunt for the time fetch, their whole world is thrown off course. And it's up to these four unlikely allies to band together to set things right!

I enjoyed the premise of the Time Fetch. Adults and young readers will relate to, and have no problem envisioning, the minuscule foragers eating up minutes, hours, and days in the blink of an eye. We've all had those days where we just can't believe how quickly the time flies... those are the days the foragers are out and about, eating up time and making the days fly by.

I loved how different the four main characters are. This novel clearly illustrates the power of individuals banding together in friendship. Alone, none of the characters could have achieved the goal of capturing the foragers and returning the fetch to its rightful destination. Together, each were armed with specific skills, they were a formidable and effective team. The Time Fetch sends a positive and powerful message about embracing differences and individuality.

I'm hoping that there will be another adventure featuring Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit.
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