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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Kansas City Star Books (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611690684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611690682
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,886,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Time travel is a hot topic right now, both for adult and young adult fiction. In The Travelers: Present in the Past, the first in a planned series of young adult novlels, Elaine Schmidt has done an excellent job of creating believable characters who travel to times and places that are both fascinating and historically accurate. When Nona McDonald accidentally touches an antique quilt at her grandmother's house, she is suddenly transported momentarily to another time and place. The incident means that her family must let her in on the family secret: They are all time travelers, rare individuals who are born with the ability to do so. Before Nona really has time to get over the shock and begin to learn the rules of time travel and how to control her travels, trouble strikes. Things are disappearing from the secret time travel society and it seems that Nona's family is being framed for the crimes. To keep her safe, they send her to stay with ancestors on a farm in 1898. There she meets the maker of the quilt, Winnie Longanecker, who is just Nona's age at that time. Nona is just beginning to adjust to life on the farm in this strange time period when another complication arises. A young boy, Henry Sanchez, literally drops into the barn, terrified and utterly unable to control his own time traveling. Unlike Nona, who has had at least minimal training, or Winnie, who has had no training but did know she was destined to be a Traveler, Henry had no forewarning and no idea of how to stop his fall through time or how to get back home. Nona and Winnie have just begun to help him learn some control when trouble comes from Nona's time and forces the children to learn some quick lessons about time travel, friendship, and team work as they attempt to protect Nona's and Winnie's families and get Henry back to his own time. The story is exciting, rich with historical detail, and the children act like real children. Young adults and adults alike will find the story engrossing. The Travelers will leave readers anxious for the next installment in The Travelers' adventures. This is an excellent, well-written addition to young adult time travel fiction. --B.C. blogcritics

About the Author

Elaine Schmidt is the author of Hey Mom! Listen to This!: A Parent's Guide to Music (Hal Leonard, 2010) and All About Singing (Hal Leonard, 2011). She has worked as a writer, arranger, translator and editor on more than 100 music publications for the Hal Leonard Corporation, G. Schirmer, and Ricordi. She lives in the Milwaukee area where she writes regularly about classical music, dance and theater for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ms. Schmidt has written for Current Musicology, Back Stage, Opera Canada, Music Express, American Record Guide, Dance Teacher and other arts magazines and has scripted and hosted numerous arts broadcasts on Milwaukee Public Television. Trained as a flutist and a singer, Ms. Schmidt spent more than a decade performing throughout North America before she began writing about the arts. She holds an undergraduate degree in music and an MA in Music Criticism.

More About the Author

Elaine Schmidt is an author, music and dance critic and musician. She spent more than a decade performing throughout North America as a flutist and singer before earning a Master of Arts in Music Criticism and turning to arts writing. In addition to authoring books such as Hey Mom! Listen to This!: A Parent's Guide to Music, Elaine has served variously as writer, researcher, editor and translator for more than 100 books of music published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Schirmer and Ricordi. Her work on these projects appears under her own name and the pseudonym Marie Eggold. The Travelers series, about a trio of intrepid, teenaged time travelers, is her first foray into fiction. She lives in Wisconsin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on October 11, 2012
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I was drawn into the story right away, and I found myself really liking the characters! The different eras that they have an opportunity to "travel" to all have something in common, and Elaine Schmidt does an amazing job making the history relatable and relevant. I can't wait for the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A reader on December 14, 2012
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Great action, the story keeps you wondering what will happen next. The author's attention to period detail is great, and really made me picture the scene as though I was watching a movie. It's engaging, quick to read, and it is a pleasure to see a book that doesn't dumb itself down, but which respects its audience by knowing they are intelligent young people! Can't wait to see what Elaine Schmidt has in store next!
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By Lindah on February 3, 2014
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If I had young people in my home I would want them to read this book and let their imaginations go wild. It is a delightful read. Can you imagine that you can go back to another time just by thinking about it. This is a well crafted story with refreshing characters. It has suspense that will keep you turning the pages.
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A wonderful book that is immediately engaging. The reader is drawn into a believable yet "fantastical" tale that is truly well written with an eye for detail and description. One feels that this world is strangely familiar with characters that are honest and real. The plot is intriguing and compelling with action as well as depth. Time travel is a well-explored genre, but The Travellers has a stand-alone feeling that propels it into a world of its own. The accurate sense of place and time would make it a marvelous addition to a classroom history curriculum.
Kudos to Ms. Schmidt! This reader will be looking forward to traveling with her in her next book.
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I really enjoyed this book. It took some pages to get into the fantasy of going back into the history of this family but as I continued to read, I found it fascinating. However, Paul does not own the Kindle. His name just appears on the Amazon Account. I, Sue, own the Kindle and am doing the reading. Thank you, Elaine Schmidt. for a great read. Keep writing!
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