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Tunnel Through Time Paperback – June, 1970

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (June 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590025341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590025348
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,408,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
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One measurement of a book's appeal is the memories it can still evoke even after years go by. I haven't read "Tunnel Through Time" since I was a pre-teen, but I remember much of the story well and how much it excited and captivated me. The plot is straightforward. High school senior Bob's father is a physicist who can create time portals to various ancient periods. Bob's father more or less ignores him, but basically because he is too enrapted in his work to pay much attention to his son. Furthermore, it is implied, while he isn't exactly a dummy, Bob is essentially a football jock type with little science proclivities. Nevertheless, Bob's best friend is Pete, who IS a studious, scientific type who is on the verge of but does not quite spill over into nerddom. Pete's father, a friend of Bob's father and a paleontologist, has ventured into the past via the time tunnel and has become lost. Amazingly, Bob's father recruits his son and Pete to go back in time through various portals to locate him.

Time hopping ensues. Bob and Pete first visit the Cretaceous period and encounter a gigantic, vicious sea-living snake and witness a legendary battle between a Tyrannosaur and a Triceratops. Then they move forward to the Ice Age of roughly 20,000 years ago, plunge into a brutal blizzard, take shelter in a cave, see a woolly mammoth (or at least a trunk), and fall asleep with the mammoth blocking the cave entrance to seek shelter as well.

The next day, the mammoth is gone, but Pete's father (aka "Doc Tom") finds them and barely saves them from freezng to death.
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I read this book years ago when I was A teen. I remember that I really liked it.
40 some-odd years later, it's still A really good read. Lester Delrey is A master of science fiction.
I also recommend his short story," The Infinite Worlds of Maybe", where I first Heard of the concept of alternate worlds-
decades before "Sliders".
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I enjoyed it as a grade schooler in elementary school. Reading it as an adult brings a new perspective. Very well written, excellent for any grade school teacher, especially for those who read aloud in class.
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Tunnel Through Time is an SF staple, a "What if...?" story with an explanation of how time travel might be. It was written by one of the original SF genre definers, Lester Del Rey, contemporary of Isaac Asimov and Ready Bradbury and others. It is a good young teen book. Its writing is slightly stilted, but the plot is plausible and this and the characters are strong enough to carry the story. This is a good starter for the budding SF reader, and I found it a fun story to revisit.
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I read this book to my 9 year old. I did bleeped out some of the sentences thinking it was just above his level of need to know. He really enjoyed this book he would give it a rating of a 5. Hope this review helps your choice.
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It was in better condition than I even dared expected. It was both a pleasure and a joy to find a book that is as old as this is and still be able to turn the page and read it without fearing it might fall apart.
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It was the early 80s and I was in the library in Woodbridge Middle School. I found a hardcover book that seemed interesting. A time travel story. Being into science fiction I, of course, checked it out. I enjoyed it so much that I remembered it till this day. In fact, I had to order it when I found it on Amazon. Of course I had forgotten the title, the author, almost everything but was lucky to find a site on prehistoric fiction. But lets move onto the plot.
Yes, the plot is simple - in those days sending teens back in time was the norm. Teenagers in sci-fi fought aliens, destroyed monsters and saved the world all the time. Sometimes more than once.
Sadly, the science, mostly with early life, is outdated. Well, duh, it was first printed in 1966. Of course the dinosaurs and their behavior is all wrong. But I think it would still make a good gift for a child just starting to read or explore books. Or for a person who wants, like me, to relive moments of childhood.
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This must have been the very first science fiction book I ever read, back in grade school. It had high adventure and just enough romance to keep an eight-year-old from running in panic. I would like this book to be available in Kindle. It should be available... full stop.
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