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 Throwback (Throwback)
 Author: Lerangis, Peter

 Publisher:  Harper (2019)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 340 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 564865 ISBN: 9780062406385
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Time travel -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Science fiction
 Humorous fiction
Science Fiction
Adventure Fiction
Humorous Fiction

Price: $22.58

Corey Fletcher has an active imagination. He sees things no one else does. Cracks jokes no one else gets. And time travels using just any metal artifact from a point in time. But when Corey accidentally saves a life while time traveling, he realizes that he is the first-ever "Throwback," with the power to alter life as we know it. That ability puts his life in all sorts of danger.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 505291
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 77797

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
   School Library Journal (10/01/19)
   Booklist (08/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2019 After 13-year-old Corey discovers that he has inherited the ability to journey into the past and change the future, he sets out on his first mission: saving his grandmother from the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It was not part of his plan, however, to end up stuck in the year 1917. In order to get back home, he puts his faith in a new friend and soon learns that things in the past aren’t as simple as he’d thought. Lerangis takes readers through time with humor and action, capturing the grittiness of the different settings and putting Corey through realistic struggles. While the story weaves through three time periods, the plot centers around 9/11 and its impact on Corey’s family, and despite the sf trappings, this is an emotional journey, full of heart, about family and wanting to change the past. It’s the kind of story that stays with you long after reading, and it will resonate with many. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Lerangis's novel takes the intriguing premise that some people can time travel simply by concentrating on an object from a certain time. Thirteen-year-old Corey time-hops around New York City's history with the guidance of his Greek American Papou (grandfather) and the support of best friend Leila. September 11th features prominently, but Corey also goes back to the 1860s and spends some time with track-clearing "West Side Cowboys" in 1917. Of course, time-jumping has dangers that lend themselves well to a forward-moving adventure tale such as this; in this case, losing an object means losing the ability to go to that period, frequent time-jumpers find themselves turning into weird animals, and convincing people to change their behavior to change the future is frustratingly difficult. Lerangis avoids delving too deeply into the paradoxes of time travel or describing period accoutrements, leaving this a light, fast-paced adventure full of lively dialogue and action with not-very-perceptive yet colorful time-locals. Corey is ostensibly half Greek American and half Puerto Rican. VERDICT A welcome addition to time-travel literature for middle grade readers, especially those who love New York.—Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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