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Through the Wormhole Hardcover – February 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Flywheel Publishing; First Edition edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930826001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930826007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,668,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-Michael and Kate are surprised when Michael's dead riding instructor, Rudy, appears at his house. Surprise turns to shock when they find that Rudy has left them computer gear that will allow them to travel back in time to the Revolutionary War to save one of Michael's ancestors and the Marquis de Lafayette from a British ambush. While they have a hard time fitting into life in 1778-Kate balks at pretending that Michael is her slave-they save both men, and, with their own special athletic abilities of equestrianism and swimming, complete their mission. As both a time-travel fantasy and historical fiction, this is an adequate book, although Favole tries to force too many issues into it. Scenes are included in which Kate is almost kicked off the swim team because of panic attacks and Michael is ridiculed for being an African American who enjoys competitive horseback riding. The use of computer equipment to travel through time isn't original, but it gets the teens where they need to be and when, and while the historical details aren't abundant, they appear to be accurate. The appendix detailing the actual events, people, and language is especially interesting. The characters could use a little livening up, but readers will recognize their own concerns and problems in the ones Michael and Kate experience. However, those looking for a more detailed historical-fiction/time-travel story should check out Nancy Bond's Another Shore (McElderry, 1988; o.p.).-Lisa Prolman, Greenfield Public Library, MA

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Gr. 5-8. High-school freshman Kate is chewed out by her swimming coach and her childhood friend Michael suffers cruel teasing as a "wannabe white"; but there's much more trouble coming. Contacted through time travelers, Michael and Kate are transported back to Colonial America. Their mission is to aid Lafayette's attack on the British and to save one of Michael's ancestors, a free black cavalryman. During the course of their adventures, the teens not only face the British but also learn how to overcome their own fears. While a bit contrived, the teens' self-identity issues do blend into the historical backdrop, and the conflicts, past and present, are brought to a fine conclusion. The occasional black-and-white maps are not particularly helpful, but the endnotes about the characters, the times, and the author's research are stellar. Karen Simonetti
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book by Robert J. Favole is about two African-American kids named Micheal and Kate. Micheal loves to go horseback riding and Kate is in the swim team. Many kids talk about them at school for being a black person. They were really angry. One day, Micheal's family suddenly disappear and a package was found on his desk. Inside the package was a disc, and they put it into the computer. They went into the computer and their adventures begin.
Inside the computer, they were told that they have to go back into the time of the revolutionary war to save Private John. Private John was Micheal's ancestor and someone set a trap for him. If he dies, then Micheal would not exist. So no matter how hard they have to try, they need to save Private John. They went back in time using a thing called a wormhole. They have special devices so they could go back to the modern time when their mission is completed. From that mission, they learned about their own heritage and changed history.
I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the revolutionary war. You could learn history from it while you enjoy the plot of this story. This book by Robert J. Favole made every people want to continue the book even when it is twelve o' clock at night. This is a very good book that everyone should read it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tracie K Scheurer on February 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about a boy (Micheal) and a girl (Kate). They go back in time to the revolutionary war. Micheal and Kate need to save a private named John Banks.If they can't save him Micheal will not exist anymore because John is his ancestor. This book is very interesting and can teach you about how it was back then.
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