Book Review: TJ and the Time Stumblers

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Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414334532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414334530


    Product Description

    This six-book series centers around two 23rd century goofballs, Tuna and Herby, who travel back in time to study TJ Finkelstein for their history project. TJ will someday become a great leader who demonstrates honesty, integrity, thoughtfulness, self-sacrifice, respect for others—all traits she hones and grasps through her adventures in this series. Unfortunately, Tuna and Herby get stuck in TJ’s time (modern day), so she has to deal with their schemes while juggling the normal issues of a seventh grader who has moved to a new city, is trying to fit in, and is coping with her mother’s death and her family’s new life.
    In New Kid Catastrophes, TJ accidentally makes an enemy of Hesper Breakahart, the superstar who attends their school. And Tuna and Herby’s attempts to help just lead to one disaster after another. In the end, TJ is still very unpopular, but she learns the value of looking past appearances and gains a few friends—and the attention of the most popular boy in school.


    My Review


    Bill Myers is the author of New Kid Catastrophes (6 books series) where the plot in TJ and the Time Stumblers is filled with adventure and imagination. The story begins with TJ  (7th grader) and her family moving from Missouri to California. The plot unfolds on the playground introducing bullying characters, blunders at school, along with an infatuation and days filled with trying to survive Junior High. 


    Silliness is woven through the book along with two-time traveling boys who provide the catalyst in the story by introducing gadgets of the future for helping the main character. I especially love the kid's names, like Tuna and Herby. The change in the size of Font to express emotion is a new concept to me and I must confess, reading along seemed a bit confusing at times but I am sure pre-teens will "get it." *** stars.


    New Kid Catastrophes (TJ and the Time Stumblers)


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