Are you ready to travel through time?


Simon "Si" Morley lives in 20th century New York City. He is an artist dissatisfied with his repetitive job in the advertising field. When he meets Rube Prien all of that changes. Prien comes with the promise of a job that will be fascinating and lucrative. He can't tell Si what the job is, but gives him a business card, leaving Si to his card, and leaves Si to his thoughts.

A few weeks later, Si decides to trust this man. The address is for a moving company, but that's not what's inside. Before he can learn about the project, Si takes tests of awareness and hypnotism. Then he learns that government scientists have devised a way to travel through time… and they want Si Morley to travel back in history. Si decides to go back to New York City in 1882 to witness - and solve the mystery - of a letter from his friend Kate's family.

Si spends several weeks learning everything he can about the 1880s. Finally, he is ready to step back in time and witness the letter that, once mailed, changed so many people’s lives. Simple, right? O is it? Once he arrives in 1882, Si realizes that he has to make a choice: stay locked in history or return to the present.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
Time and Again combines science fiction and historical romance with ease. The setting, detailed concepts, and characterization make one believe they can travel through time. The introductory chapters are an excellent set up for the rest of the novel.

However, the language is extremely wordy and deals with a complex understanding of time. Because of that, I recommend it for more advanced readers (sixteen and older).

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Fascinating and quick-paced, Time and Again will keep readers not only turning pages but wondering about time travel themselves.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
Stephen King calls this THE time travel novel. Writtenf or adults, it will appeal to young readers, especially reluctant and high interest / low readability teens.
Educational Themes:

Where would you go, who do you want to meet, and why? That is the first question that comes to mind when you think about having a chance to travel in time. Time and Again was written in 1970, and still appeals to today's readers - what makes it so timeless?

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you love time travel this could be a book you read again and again.

Title Time and Again

Time Series, Book 1

Author Jack Finney
Publisher Scribner, Imprint Simon & Schuster Publishing © 1995 (First Edition)
ISBN 9780684801056
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.95
Genres Science Fiction
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