The concept of time travel or time slipping has always fascinated me, ever since I read the book, Magic Elizabeth when I was in fourth grade. I also read Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series, of course, with interstellar time travel.
I often lament that science hasn’t given us time-wrinkling, or time-folding yet, so I can zip across the country for a writer’s conference or a book signing for an author friend, or meet the other writers and authors I correspond with through Facebook and Twitter. I mean, really, time travel inventors–get with the program!
But the great thing is that we can time-slip through books – which I always talk about when doing author visits at schools. Books and stories can take us ANYWHERE, ANYTIME! That’s the real magic of reading!
Here are a few titles I particularly like, including two time travel/time slipping MG’s that I wrote. Because of course I would write one of these stories when I love them so much.
AND! Here’ s a link to a children’s book blog that features Time-Travel Tuesday posts. The blogger has delineated the titles by time period and included author names and dates of publication. http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/p/time-travel-books.html
The Last Snake Runner by Kimberley Griffiths Little (2001) MG
Wild Robert, by Diana Wynne Jones (1989) MG
Three Lives to Live, by Anne Lindberg (1992) MG
Archer’s Quest, by Linda Sue Park (2006) MG
Crashing the Party, by Perdita Finn (2007)
Frozen in Time, by Ali Sparks (2009) MG
*The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker (2009) MG
The Prince of Fenway Park, by Julianna Baggott (2009) MG
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Larrry Tuxbury (2010) MG
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, by Rhonda Hayter (2010) MG
The Dead Gentleman, by Matthew Cody (2011) MG
Counterclockwise, by Jason Cockcroft (2009) MG
11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass (2009) MG
Justin Thyme, by Panema Oxridge (2011) MG
A Year Without Autumn, by Liz Kessler (2011) MG
Odessa Again, by Dana Reinhardt (2013) MG
The Time of the Fireflies by Kimberley Griffiths Little (2014) MG
The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove (2014) MG
If you *also* love Young Adult novels this list has many terrific titles as well:
What are your favorite time-slipping books? Please tell us in the comments!
Kimberley Griffiths Little has published 10 award-winning novels with Knopf, Scholastic, and Harpercollins. Her most recent MG, The Time of the Fireflies, was named a Bank Street College Best Books of 2015, a Whitney Award Finalist, a Letters of Mormon Arts Award Finalist, and was recently chosen for the William Allan White Kansas State Children’s Choice List for 2016-2017. Find Kimberley on Facebook and Twitter @KimberleyGLittl