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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TJ and the Time Stumblers: New Kid Catastrophes (book 1) by Bill Myers

TJ and the Time Stumblers is a series written by Bill Myers and published by Tyndale House Publishers.  The first book came out in 2011 and there are now a total of 6 books.  This series is for ages 8 and up.

TJ, short for Thelma Jean, is your average teen.  She has just moved from Missouri to Malibu, California.  Quite a change at a very unstable time in a young person's life.  TJ's mom has passed away recently so it is just her dad and two sisters living in the house.  Unknown to TJ, she is a class project for two boys from the 23rd century who have time traveled to observe her.  When Herby and Tuna's cloaking device fails to keep them invisible, TJ finds them in her house and demands to know who they are and what they are doing there!  The time travelers are eager to help her out with her problems, but actually end of making more of a mess for her.  Unfortunately, the time travelers can't go back to their time because they are out of fuel and getting fuel is going to be hard here in the 21st century.  Is this TJ's new life?  Now that the cloaking device is working again, TJ can still see them, but no one else can.  And it appears to others that she is talking to no one making her appear a little nuts.  How will her teen image survive this?!

Below you can watch Tyndale House Publisher's book trailer about the series.

I thought the series was interesting for this age group.  There is lots of adventure....or should I say mishaps.  The two time travelers create a lot of exasperating scenes thinking they are helping.  TJ does have to learn about having patience when it comes to Herby and Tuna.  In this book, TJ learns what really matters when it comes to judging others.  It's easy to look at the outward appearance, but TJ learns that what is inside is what really matters.  A great truth for kids this age to think about and learn.   I would give this book 3 1/2 stars.

**I checked this book out from my local library to read for the Summer Reading Program by Tyndale House Publishers.

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