Historical detail comes alive as debut author Linda Buckley-Archer weaves the 18th century trials of Gideon, Kate, and Peter with the modern-day worries of their parents and the wily investigator trying to piece together the children's disappearance. A time-travel tale in the tradition of Mark Twain with a touch of Back to the Future, the first audiobook of the Gideon trilogy introduces listeners to a modern genre all its own.
©2006 Linda Buckley-Archer. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
Here is one thing that is missing in the description:
It's junior fiction.
That being said, it is very well read and a very enjoyable book as it keeps a fun pace. Being 30 something myself I found myself cringing a couple of times at some of the scenes in this book that depict people as being open, honest and charitable (just like real life, huh?). Worth reading, pick it up if you feel like reading about a world with a couple honest people in it.
The main characters in this book are a 12 year old boy and girl but as the story takes place primarily in 1763 the grim reality of the time period is inappropriate for children. This book contains very realistic descriptions of poverty, cruelty and other gruesome descriptions of life in this primitive century. Avoid this book this book for children but enjoy it if you read it as an adult. Interesting real characters such as Queen Charlotte and children with deadly diseases such as scrofula (TB) add gruesome reality.
I listened to this with the kids and we all really enjoyed it. Good naration and a plot that goes somewhere. It really added to our interest that we live in the all three main locations referred to.
Gideon the Cutpurse reminds me of books I loved in my youth. It's a complex and romping story, with plenty of good guys, bad guys, and some that are a little bit of both. I think it is rich enough to become a classic someday.
I loved the scenes where Kate and Peter had to deal with life in the 17th century, then they would fade and get a taste of the 21st century again. Just wondering, if you could go back in time, where would you go?
It's an excellent book and well worth the time to read, no matter what your age.
A most delightful story with thorough villains and unexpected heroes. Gerard Doyle's narration made it all even better. Can't wait to listen to Book Two!
Excellent eighteenth century language. Great vocal presentation of many different characters. Somewhat surprising ending of this book.
Good story. Very good narrator. Many ages of readers will enjoy this one. Now if you can get over the idea that science will rein and fix all evils you can really like this book. Really like the characters and how they develop.
Not bad, not the best book I've ever read. It was enjoyable and nice and long to keep my attention for a while. I like the narrator, and the plot was okay. Especially good for young people
I truly enjoyed this book. For 39 years I was a college English professor, but I never had the opportunity to teach children's or young adults' literature. If I had, I would have included this fine novel with its finely-drawn characters and it's terrific story. I have just ordered it for my 11 year old grandnephew who loves reading. He will not be disappointed.
What a wonderful action packed story! If you're looking for a great clean book to read with your kids that is exempt of all contemporary nonsensical influences, I highly recommend this book to you! It's an attention grabber from the beginning all the way to the last line!! You will not be disappointed!
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