- 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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Tunnel Through Time Paperback – June, 1970
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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.Read more ›
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".
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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I first read this book while in elementary school and still have it in my library. Del Rey was one of the best when it came to young fiction. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by TBrien
I read this book in elementary school. I loved it. I've now purchased it for my kids!Published on February 8, 2009 by Jim King
A time travel story with dinosaurs. What more could a boy want?
Basically, though, that is about the only people that should be reading it, as a boy and his father go... Read more