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The Time Bike

by Jane Langton

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The Time Bike by Jane Langton
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    May 2000, 144 pages
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    May 2001, 144 pages

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Eddy receives an unusually large packing crate from his mysterious uncle, containing an old-fashioned bicycle with the ability to travel through time, and soon Eddy is on the ride of his life! Reading Age 9-12 years.

The strangest things seem to happen to the Hall family--like the time Eddy and Eleanor had an adventure and found an enchanted diamond, or the summer their cousin Georgie flew with geese. Now their adventure is with time itself. It starts when Eddy receives an unusually large packing crate from his mysterious uncle, Prince Krishna, containing an old-fashioned bicycle, complete with a wicker basket--the kind of bike no self-respecting boy like Eddy would be caught dead riding.

The bike possesses more than just a basket, however: It possesses the ability to travel through time, and soon Eddy is on the ride of his life! But trips through time can have unpredictable results, and they're not without danger...

Newbery Honor author Jane Langton's sixth book about the extraordinary Hall family is a magical account of the perils--and surprises--of travel in the fourth dimension.

Reading Age 9-12 years.

Chapter One

It was Eddy’s birthday, so of course it should have been a good day.

And for Eddy it was a good day, because his birthday present was a bicycle, a new Timuri bike in Killer Tomato Red with rock shocks and compression damping and rear derailleur and rapid-fire shifters and twenty-one combinations of gears that worked with handlebar grips.

It was the bike he had hardly dared hope for, it was so expensive. But Uncle Freddy and Aunt Alex had found the money somewhere. When Eddy came running down in the morning, there it was in the front hall, shiny and red and beautiful.

He took it out before breakfast and raced up Walden Street to the center of Concord, whizzed around the corner of Main Street to the library, veered left on Sudbury Road, and sped home by way of Stow Street and Everett.

All the way around he hoped to see admiring glances from the sidewalk, but the only person who noticed him was his old friend Oliver Winslow. Oliver saw Eddy on his new ...

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In addition to Walden Pond, Concord, Mass., is home to the eccentric Hall family, which has had some remarkable adventures in a series of novels. This time it's Eddy, whose bright red 21-speed birthday bicycle disappears. In its place, a Transcendental Transport truck delivers an old-fashioned one-speed number that can travel through time, with a Time Clock on the handlebars that goes forward and backward. Great fun.

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In addition to Walden Pond, Concord, Mass., is home to the eccentric Hall family, which has had some remarkable adventures in a series of novels. This time it's Eddy, whose bright red 21-speed birthday bicycle disappears. In its place, a Transcendental Transport truck delivers an old-fashioned one-speed number that can travel through time, with a Time Clock on the handlebars that goes forward and backward. Great fun.

School Library Journal
Eighth-grader Eddy Hall and his older sister Eleanor plan to use their time-traveling bicycle to improve the past and avoid hassles in the future, until several misadventures show them that time is too powerful for even an enchanted bike to change. Readers may recognize Eddy and Eleanor as the protagonists in The Diamond in the Window (1973) and four sequels including the much honored The Fledgling (1980, both HarperCollins). The Time Bike retains the charmingly old-fashioned, somewhat breathless style of the previous books, although the Concord, MA, setting is updated with references to computers, mountain bikes, and the millennium

Kirkus Reviews
After 16 years of mostly mysteries for adults, Langton resurrects the Concord cast of Fragile Flag(1984) and its predecessors for a charming, if patchwork, time-travel tale. T….The major characters are easy to like (or, in Preek's case, despise), and the magical events are folded into the fabric of everyday life so neatly that they seem to belong there.

Publishers Weekly
Though computer-craving Eddy is a thoroughly up-to-date youngster, this tale has a pleasingly old-fashioned air. A whimsical and enthralling book, infused with a truly American flavor of magical realism.

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This book was really good something new happened when you turned the page. It made it sound like it was a real story. I would recomend this book to people whom like exciting things.

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It was one of the most interesting books I have ever read!

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I tought the book was great. I think its worth reading it over an over again. My real name is jim not bob, but I still think the book was awsome.

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