Author: Martin, Laura
Regan Fitz and Elliot Mason have been enemies since they started training to become Glitchers--people who travel through time to preserve important historical events. But everything changes when they find a letter from Regan's future self, warning them about an impending disaster that threatens them and everyone they know.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 6.30
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 511352
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/20)
School Library Journal (+) (06/01/20)
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Booklist - 04/01/2020 In a future where time traveling is very real, the privilege is reserved for individuals born with a “Glitch” gene, who must also pass extensive training and testing at the exclusive Academy. When Regan, the Commander’s daughter, and Elliot, an Academy urchin with no opportunity outside of his servitude, encounter a “Cocoon,” a contraband time-travel letter sent from the future to warn them, they must overcome their feud in order to salvage everything—and everyone—they treasure. Martin expertly weaves the story through both Regan's and Elliot’s perspectives, capturing their innermost emotions, especially their motivations and fears, as together they overcome frightening simulators and actual time travel. From the Boston Tea Party to Pearl Harbor, their history-based missions and inevitable friendship—or, at least, cooperation—will appeal to fans of action-packed dystopian stories like the Hunger Games trilogy or Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. This is the “grown-up” version of the beloved Magic Tree House chapter books, and it doesn’t disappoint in honoring that legacy. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2020 Gr 4–6—Regan and Elliot have been trained since birth to be Glitchers—time travelers who protect the past from Butterflies, the criminals who meddle in history. Regan and Elliot can't stand each other, but when they find a note from a future Regan that instructs them to travel back in time to prevent a disaster, they become not only teammates, but Butterflies themselves. It's refreshing to see a book that so effortlessly combines history and science fiction, maintaining the energy of a sci-fi adventure and the complexity of historical fiction. The fast-paced plot features plucky, well-developed characters, and first-person narration switches between Regan and Elliot, which works due to each character's strong voice. Martin's rules of time travel are simple enough for younger readers to follow, and the historical settings are comprehensive and thorough. Characters' discussions about the events they travel through provide context for readers. VERDICT With its dynamic plot, engaging characters, and sci-fi/historical fiction blend, this title will pull in a huge variety of readers, all of whom will be racing to see how the story ends.—Kristin Brynsvold, Tuckahoe Elem. Sch., Arlington, VA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.