Bridge of Time
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Best friends Lee Jones and Joan Lee have a lot more in common besides their names. On the eve of their class trip, they each learn their parents are getting divorced. Ugh. The class trip is a dud, so Lee and Joan steal away to talk. What follows is an afternoon nap in a lighthouse, walking up to find the Golden Gate Bridge gone--gone!--and meeting a young man named Sam Clemens, who is on the run from a mysterious stranger.
Lee and Joan wonder: Where are they? What year is it? Why don't their cell phones work? How will they get back? Do they even want to? Will life ever be the same?
Not just for kids
Don't be put off by the age level, this is a really fun read for people of all ages. I'm into my second half-century, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll admit I got the sample just to see what it was like, fully expecting to read a few pages and be done. But right from the first paragraph I found myself sucked into the story and by the end of the sample I just had to buy it to see where it went. Buzbee has a wonderful style that I can't quite call "simple" but it's straightforward enough for the target age range while never feeling "dumbed down". The characters are interesting and feel real, the plot moves quickly but doesn't feel rushed. There's humor and some suspense and a few fun nods to familiar authors. Along the way you might even learn a little history and maybe a small life lesson. The ending is satisfying while still leaving you wanting more (sequel?) Highly recommended.
- Level: Grades 5-9
- Category: Sci-Fi
- Published: May 22, 2012
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English