Just in Time: The Rescue Begins in Delaware
by Cheri Pray Earl & Carol Lynch Williams
Dover, Delaware 1776: George and Gracie need to rescue their parents. Instead they find themselves time-traveling into the middle of the American Revolution. Not only that, but one of the twins changes into an animal with each time travel. This time Gracie is a horse. They end up helping Caesar Rodney make his famous ride into Philadelphia to vote “yes” for the Declaration of Independence. But time is running out to rescue their parents.
This book is perfect for elementary school age readers. In fact, the story reminded me a lot of The Magic Treehouse series, and all of my kids loved them when they were in 1st-3rd grade. As it is written for younger readers, this is a very quick read.
This is the first book in the series, and we get introduced to George and Gracie and their somewhat eccentric grandpa. We find out what happened to their parents, and they get to work together back in history to help solve a problem. I wish there had been a bit more backstory and detail, but then again, I have to remind myself this book is written for children, and all of that stuff really doesn't work for a kid's book.
I think my kids would really like this series, and if I can get my hands on a hard copy, I'd love to let them read it. I especially like how they get to learn a bit about history while being entertained by the crazy shenanigans that George and Gracie get involved in.
About the Authors:
Cheri Pray Earl graduated with her master's degree in creative writing from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1995 and has taught creative writing and literature courses for the BYU Honors Program and the English Department for more than 25 years. She was awarded BYU Honors Professor of the Year in 2005 which she brags about every chance she gets. Cheri writes the middle-grade novel series, Just In Time, with Carol Lynch Williams and published a non-fiction children’s book for American Girl in 2009, co-authored with the late Rick Walton. But in real life she writes young adult and adult novels. She won her first real writing contest, the Utah Original Writing Competition, in 1994 for her YA novel, Flat Like Me, and took Honorable Mention in 1997 for her YA novel, The Swan. She’s currently working on an adult mystery novel and a contemporary adult novel. Cheri’s most recent children’s book, Mr. Dietsche, is a middle-grade novel based on her childhood in Dodge City, Kansas that her agent, Steve Fraser from JDLIT, is this very minute shopping around. That’s Secret Agent Steve. See more of Cheri's stories at dustingforfingerprints.wordpress.com
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than 30 books for middle grade and young adult readers. Her novels include The Chosen One, Never that Far, Messenger and Never Said. Her most recent book is the novelization of the movie Once I Was a Beehive. Carol has an MFA from Vermont College in Writing for Children and Young Adults and teaches creative writing at BYU. She runs Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, a week-long writing conference for the not-faint-of-heart writer (www.wifyr.com). As well she is a mentor for those who want to write for kids and teens. Her best creative effort, however, are her five daughters.
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Title: Just in Time: The Rescue Begins in Delaware
Author: Cheri Pray Earl & Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: Mirror Press
Published: February 2019
Source: I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.