"Time travel for the pre-teen set"
Told in first person format, TIME IN A BOTTLE is the story
of a seventh grade boy named Kevin, and his three friends;
Naomi, Michael and Tasha. Kevin is a bit of a nerd, with
his thick glasses and interest in computers. Kevin has
trouble from bullies at school, and finds that he looks at
his buddy Naomi in a new light recently. When did she
become a girl?
When an accident occurs, involving an antique bottle, a
computer, and Kevin's little brother, the four friends are
transported back in time to an old western town named
Bodie, in 1880. While back in the past, these friends must
deal with prejudices, and the inconvenience of living
without modern technology, all while trying to discover a
way to get home to the future. But first, before they go,
they must find a way to protect a new friend, Sarah, from
an abusive step-father. The friends discover the meaning of
real friendship and caring as they search for the solutions
to their dilemmas.
TIME IN A BOTTLE is a simply told, easy to read book for
pre-teens that held my interest. Through the experiences of
the children, we learn what it was like to live back then,
and we see how people can adapt if they must. The children
are nice, ordinary kids who handle themselves well under
adverse conditions, exibiting genuine feelings of concern
and fair play.
Reviewed by Janice Bennett
Posted October 4, 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 11, 2006