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Buckley-Archer, Linda.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 6.6
ISBN 1416915257
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It’s London, 1763. Or right now. Kate and Peter accidentally time traveled in a device that Kate’s father, a scientist, invented. They tumbled into 1763 after chasing Kate’s dog through the halls of the research center where Kate’s father work. By accident, Kate and Peter discover that they can “blur” into their own time and appear as ghostlike apparitions. In 1763, they are on the chase for the Tar Man, a shadowy figure, who has stolen the time travel device. They have befriended Gideon Seymour, an indentured servant, who is helping Kate and Peter get hold of the time machine so they can return home.

Meanwhile, let’s go back to the present. A savvy investigator has pieced together that Kate’s father is holding back details on the children’s disappearance. There are reports of ghosts that fit Kate and Peter’s descriptions and then pictures of them start to appear in newspapers.  A message scratched in brick from Kate is found. The investigator has questions, and she wants answers!

Gideon the Cutpurse is a tale that I believe will be most enjoyed by science fiction fans.  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Time travel -- Fiction.
                        Robbers and outlaws -- Fiction.
                        Great Britain -- History -- George III, 1760-1820 -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.

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