The Time Bike
3 journalers for this copy...
Langton's lovely fantasy soars like her dear child heroine, Georgie, and the Goose Prince who carries her off to help fulfill her dream of flying. The little girl is blessed with devoted kin, her mother and stepfather who run a school near Walden Pond, and teenaged stepcousins Eddy and Eleanor. Georgie and the Goose Prince, a Canadian goose who lags behind his flock to teach the human fledgeling, revel in their nocturnal flights and friendship. But officious neighbors come perilously close to changing an idyll into tragedy. Langton has been honored for this haunting, funny and unforgettable story with perfectly individualized characters and no whiff of unearned emotion to mar its beauty. -- Publishers Weekly
My friend Heather gave this book to Rachel to read, then register and release via Bookcrossing. After we read it, the book can go on a new adventure.
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This book is starting out in the Teens Shrinking Bookbox.
The story has a vaguely Narnia-esque feel to me, with a mostly-mundane family whose house includes a few intriguingly magical items (some of these are shoutouts to previous books about the same characters). This makes the appearance of the magical bicycle not quite as startling to young Eddy as it might otherwise have been.
The story has some entertaining riffs on the whole time-travel thing, from getting the timing a wee bit off (the scene where Eddy actually meets Thoreau) to attempting to skip an unpleasant test by leaping past it on the assumption that some other version of himself would somehow do all the boring stuff. Oh, and then there's the climactic sequence, in which - despite having heard all about Wells' Time Traveler and his problems - Eddy too finds himself traveling way too far... There were some rather chilling bits, but eventually he comes up with a solution, and - given the organic/guided-magic concepts of the story - I liked it.
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