I just finished reading Wendy Mass’ latest book, Pi in the Sky. I have not decided if I like the book or not. Some parts confused me, but other parts about beings who oversee our universe and are responsible for keeping the planets in orbit kept me reading. There is a space/time element in the book as well.
I started thinking about books I have read where characters travel through time to a different reality, and the character’s world is still running in a parallel universe, so the space-time continuum is disrupted. I kind of like the circular thinking of a person returning to the past, disrupting an event that occurred, and then meeting up again in present day a la Back to the Future. It has the ability to blow your mind if you really concentrate on the whole concept of time. Here are a few book choices that deal with dropping in and out of time.
- Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer– This is for a more sophisticated reader. The language and vocabulary is more difficult, and the story pace can be slow. I like this book, though.
- Children of the Red King, Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo– Many people list this as a Harry Potter read-alike. This book is the second in the series.
- The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen– Holocaust alert!
- George Washington’s Socks by Elvira Woodruff– If you are a fan of Magic Treehouse. This is like a Magic Treehouse for an older reader. Woodruff has companion books too.
- The Gideon Trilogy, The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer– I loved the first book; I could not finish the sequel.
- The Magic Half by Annie Barrows– My favorite time travel book.
- North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler– Found this because I love the author’s Emily Windsnap series so much.
- Teddy Powers: The Stone Keepers by Anne Todd– This is a self-published book by a parent at my school. My students (and Mr. Star Wars) love this book. It is available on Amazon.
- The 13th Reality, The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner– This book can be slow in parts, but the concept of parallel lives existing at the same time held my interest.
- The Wells Bequest: A Companion to the Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman– I really liked the Grimm Legacy, so you may want to read both books.
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead– This book is so much better if you are familiar with A Wrinkle in Time.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle– One of the originals for this type of science fiction (in my opinion).
I am trying to remember the name of a book I read as a child about a character who would walk down a foggy street and be transported back in time. I think the setting of the story was London. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Please help me out with a title if you read this book too!
I have no concept of time, but I find these time travelling stories interesting. Thanks for sharing.
When I read some of these books, I don’t feel like I have any concept of time either!
Long ago I read some series that involved altered time – a science fiction series called Riverworld (or something like that). I don’t remember much about it other than it was interesting and unusual. You may want to give it a try.
I found a series called Riverworld Saga by Farmer? Do you think that is it? I’ll add it to my “to read” list. Thanks!
I like time-travel books, though I don’t like it when they can change the past (unless it NEEDS to be changed, like in the Infinity Ring series).
I keep pushing Infinity Ring to the bottom of my pile. Are they good books? My students like them.
They’re pretty good. 🙂