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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-This is more a time-travel fantasy than a ghost story. Andrew, 12, is about to die from diphtheria when he accidentally falls through a hole in his own time (1910) and finds himself in 1990, in his own room, now occupied by his great-great-nephew Drew. The boys, identical look-alikes, then change places. Modern medicine saves Andrew's life, and the boys try to settle into their new and different roles. The story becomes one of coming-of-age for both of them. Shy, timid Drew hasn't bargained on filling the shoes of the wild Andrew, and Andrew is equally uncomfortable in "pantywaist" Drew's shoes. However, Andrew is reluctant to switch back, fearing he will die if his body returns to 1910. The boys strike a bargain-when Drew wins at marbles, they will change places. Suspense mounts as the story progresses. Will the families notice that something is awry? Will the boys mess up family history by meddling with past events? Will Andrew survive when he gets back home? These questions keep the story moving until all comes clear in a humorous but somewhat contrived ending. There isn't the intense foreboding found in Hahn's ghost story Wait Till Helen Comes (Clarion, 1986), but there is enough tension to keep readers engaged. Instructions for the marble game are appended.
Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 4-6. Shy, insecure, and an only child, Drew adores his great-aunt Blythe. There's something odd about the ancestral house she lives in, though--the house where Drew is to spend the summer while his parents are in Europe. It isn't long before he finds out what. By removing a bag of marbles from beneath an attic floorboard, he and Blythe unwittingly open a door to the past and clear the way for the visitation of the boy Andrew Tyler, a distant relative who looks just like Drew. When the boys change places, Drew travels back to 1910, where he finds two new caring parents and the brother and sister he's always wanted. In trying to live up to Andrew's brash, mischievous reputation, polite, quiet Drew also discovers how to assert and to trust himself. There's plenty to enjoy in this delightful time-slip fantasy: a fascinating premise, a dastardly cousin, some good suspense, and a roundup of characters to care about. And although kids may long for more than the glimpse given of Andrew's handling of modern times, they'll still love the story, which comes full circle when Drew, back home with Blythe, meets Andrew, all grown up and an old, old man. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380724693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380724697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

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Format: Hardcover
Drew travels to his aunt's creepy old house to stay for the summer. One night he discovers Andrew his long dead, distant cousin, who has diptheria. Because they are almost identical in appearance they switch places in order for Andrew to get modern medical attention. So once Andrew is healthy again he doesn't want to switch back, so Andrew says when Drew can beat him in marbles he will switch back.
I like the plot of the story because it keeps you wondering what will happen next, especialy when Drew gets dared to jump off a high trustle, by a bully.. It is a good book, I suggest you read it.
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A Kid's Review on February 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
Drew goes to stay at his great-aunt's house while his parents are in France for the summer. He meets a boy named Andrew who is supposed to be dead, but somehow he has transported himself from his time, 1910, to the present. Andrew begs Drew to switch "places" with him. Andrew has been sick and wants to stay in Drew's time until he is well. Drew is a worrier and is doubtful about the idea. They switch places and Drew becomes more like Andrew that himself everyday, and the same happens to Drew. They finally switch back when Drew beats Andrew in Ringer. The next day, Drew's great-aunt tells him that her cousins (Andrew and his sister) are coming for a visit. Andrew and Drew talk and go out to the little cemetary behind the house. They look for Andrew's grave and don't find it. That means that Andrew lived.
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A Kid's Review on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Time for Andrew written by Mary Downing Hahn is an enjoyable book about two boys -Drew and Andrew- who switch times and lives. I loved this book because the author added so much description that it painted beautiful pictures in my mind.

The characters in the story are well developed and are described extremely well. The author used the technique of describing characters by what other characters say about them. The main characters are Drew and Andrew...two boys who look exactly alike.

The setting is in the late 1950's and 1910 and the main setting is Aunt Bylthe's house. A few backdrop settings are France and the train track.

I would rate this book a 10 for its extremely amazing description.
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By A Customer on December 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book about two boys named Andrew. One night Andrew the ghost came and switched places, with the other Andrew. If you want to find out more about this book read it . my favrite part of the book is were Andrew & Andrew play marbles up in the attic. I reccomned this book to kids my age and older.I hope the people who have read this book think the same as I do. Take my word for it & read this book.
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By A Customer on March 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read a book called, "Time for Andrew" by Mary downing Hahn. This was a great book that kept you on the edge of your seat the hole time. It is about a boy named Drew. He had two choices for his summer vacation. He could go to camp with his bully from school, or go and visit his Aunt Blyth. He chose to go to his Aunt's house. Drew is what i would call a scardycat or a worry wart. He worrys all the time and is afraid of almost everything. When Drew is visiting, he finds some marbles in the attic, and gives them to his Aunt. She sais that they shouldn't be kept in the attic, and takes them downstairs. Drew had a bad feeling about this. That night Drew meats the ghost of his Great Uncle Andrew. He found out eirlier, that His great Uncle had died when he was young, form a disease that could be cured with todays modern medicine. His Uncle and Drew look identicle to one another. When Andrew Finally talks to Drew, he sais that Drew had stolen his marbles and he had come to retreave them. In the story, the attic plays as a time machinne for the two boys. Drew agrease to let Andrew switch places with him until he is cured. When Drew does go back into the past for a week, he goes up to the attic and meets Andrew. Andrew doesnt want to leave the future, so they chalenge eachother to a game of marbles, the ones that drew had found. When Drew wins, Andrew goes back into the past and Drew will go back to the present day. That is if he wins. Andrew was cured form his disease, which means that they changed the past, and the future. But Will Drew ever get to see his family again, or will he be stuck in Andrews body forever? I think that this book was a little confusing because Andrew and Drew constantly are switching places, and it is a little hard to follow. Although, I did rate this book a four star book, because it is a great thriller. I would reccomend this book to anyone that likes Mysteries and likes suprise endings.
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Format: Paperback
This book surprised me because I thought it was going to be a spooky ghost story - but it wasn't. That doesn't mean it wasn't good, because it was, I just wouldn't classify it as a ghost story, in case that is what you are expecting.

Drew is spending his summer with his great- aunt Blythe in her and her father's deep-rooted house. After the two are looking through the attic, they inadvertently find a stash of marbles with a warning not to steal them. Aunt Blythe takes them with the intent to sell them for repairs on the old house, but Drew has an inkling that they shouldn't be moved. It appears as though Drew was right, that night his great-great-uncle Andrew comes into Drew's room. Andrew looks just like Drew and they are at the same age. As they talk, they realize that this is the night before Andrew died of diphtheria, so he wants to switch places so he can be healed in the present time, Drew's time. Drew finally consents to it, but things get tough when Andrew doesn't want to switch back.

The story is mainly about the relationships Drew forms with his "new" family and the different times and the growth of Drew. Drew is shy and quiet, yet, Andrew is unruly and mischievous. Drew must learn to be more resilient to make it in Andrew's shoes. He must also learn how to play marbles so he can win the bet that he and Andrew made to allow him to go back to his own time. While this book wasn't scary or spooky, it was suspenseful to wonder if and how Drew would make it back to his real family. And it has a wonderfully gratifying ending. I highly recommend it to all.
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