He has a chum named Dana. Kindle Version Click Here! Even though Maggie wants nothing to do with Jones "or his heathen ways", she has no choice bu This was a touching story full of so much heartbreak. Wherever there is civilization, there are things that are Forbidden! The story of a family, strong women, the nature of love and forgiveness, how faith can shape your life.
Knowing how these forces interact, I was able to build a machine that, I hoped, would be able to circumvent the limitations of space and time. This author was unique because his writing was interesting and the way he described everything was in detail and interesting. I would recommend this book to a friend because it is very interesting and unique. It also goes back in time. He soon figures out it can travel through space and time.
One night, his computer starts making a morse code message from Thomas Edison and Qwerty decides to meet him at his house, just down the street. But he accidentally goes to his house in the year , right when Edison is inventing the lightbulb. But the big question is: How will Qwerty get back home? This reminds me of a TV show I saw, Doctor Who because the Doctor is a time traveler with a teleporting machine, and sometimes his time machine gets taken and he is stuck in some foreign time just as Qwerty was stuck in with Thomas Edison.
I would recommend this book to students who like science fiction and time travel specifically. The complexity and theme of the book is probably meant for grades so it was a little easy for me, but if you like easy good books, this is good for you. Pretty average, easy-to-read story about a boy who finds a time travel box, purportedly engineered by Thomas Edison. Boy and sis find themselves back in Edison's time, and Gutman brings forth quite a bit of knowledge about Edison and his team of inventors. I thought that the teenage sister having a suitor was a bit creepy, but it did lead to a couple of funny moments showing how different language has become from the 19th century.
This would be a good read for 5th or 6th graders interested in Edi Pretty average, easy-to-read story about a boy who finds a time travel box, purportedly engineered by Thomas Edison. This would be a good read for 5th or 6th graders interested in Edison. Jan 20, Jane rated it really liked it. We both enjoyed the book. Gutman doesn't write deep, literary fiction. But he certainly writes books my reluctant readers enjoy. This one involves time travel, an introduction to Thomas Edison, and a boy developing a better relationship with his older sister.
We will definitely seek out other Qwerty Stevens adventures. I read this book to preview it for my 3rd grade son's Historical Fiction book report and was pleasantly surprised how fun and educational it was. The mom was portrayed as a terrible mother, but that is explained and excused due to bad circumstances. Other than that Perfect for little boys who like to dig holes in the yard, invent things, and solve mysteries. Nov 05, Nicholas Spano added it. Im think it was3 doors down or something. But qwerty digs a hole in his backyard and finds a box. It turns out to be well Im not gonna say find out by reading the book yourselve youll like this book trust me.
May 27, Julier rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s-literature , print , historical-fiction. Ends with note from author: true and made-up parts of story plus chronology of Thomas Edison's life. It is very interesting and very attractive,I really enjoy to read this book. It was liked a magnet,I couldn't put it down after I had started reading. I had read it twice before I returned it to the school library.
The concept of time travel is always exciting. By meeting Thomas Edison through the eyes of a peer, Qwerty, we get a clearer perspective of what things were like in Edison's time. For some, it is more enticing than reading nonfiction book about Edison. Aug 14, Blain Dillard rated it really liked it. I read this in order to assess this book so I could get my kids to read it.
It was a good book for any kid who likes science, time travel, building things, or the movie "Back to the Future". Really good sci-fi kids book. My son says 5 stars! Jan 25, Matthew rated it liked it. A nice semi-short book. This book is very confusing to comprehend when Qwerty returns from This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Oct 07, Haghvray0 rated it did not like it. AT ALL!!!!!!!!! This book is one of the greatest books I have ever read and learnt about Thomas Edison. Another short book gotten for my son but sucked me in while I was "evaluating" it. Cc rated it did not like it May 20, Margaret rated it liked it Mar 26, Jude Nathan rated it really liked it Mar 24, Jami rated it it was amazing Oct 10, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
All that to say Mar 16, Pep rated it really liked it. Incredibly atmospheric and beautifully written modern western with strong female characters and a bad ass old man. Loved the character development. Sadly the catholic themes were a huge turn off, specially towards the end. Dec 13, Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction. Very moving, but with considerable violence. A fine Western. Jun 19, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: reading-challenge.
I'm just not that into Westerns, I'm afraid. This was in the pile of books that my family wants me to read before we give them away, and I had a very hard time getting into it. This book started out really strong but just ended up really long. The characters were not consistently written and the stereotypes were terrible. The fact that the villain was more monster than human was a let down.
This was a touching story full of so much heartbreak. Samuel Jones, who had abandoned his white family 30 years before to live with an Apache woman, returns to his daughter, Maggie Baldwin, in order to make peace with her before he dies of tuberculosis, I believe. She is not receptive.
Maggie's husband is shot and one of her daughters is taken captive by renegade Apaches who have left the reservation. Even though Maggie wants nothing to do with Jones "or his heathen ways", she has no choice bu This was a touching story full of so much heartbreak. Even though Maggie wants nothing to do with Jones "or his heathen ways", she has no choice but to rely on him to help rescue the girl.
This story is about the journey taken together and about the meaning of family, love and loyalty. There is also a thought-provoking spiritual component as well. I wasn't totally fond of Maggie for several different reasons that didn't sit right with me. I understood where her anger and lack of forgiveness toward Jones came from, but her rudeness, lack of charity, and unceasing intolerance to his personal beliefs grated on me.
I wanted him to tell her to, "Grow up! I found her to be too selfish and coldhearted. She didn't seem to be overly affected by tragedies other people suffered in the quest to rescue her daughter. I also couldn't understand how she, as a mother, could keep sending her year-old daughter off on her own out in the middle of the scorching desert and Apache country to boot.
That just didn't make sense to me, especially considering that throughout all of their time traveling together they were trying to avoid being spotted by the Apaches and Mexican banditos who were causing so much trouble in the area. I know the author was trying to honor how strong the pioneering women were, but I didn't get that from Maggie. I got it much more from her year-old daughter.
I would love to read a sequel about her life down the road and how she moves forward with the knowledge she's gained from Jones. I found it interesting how Jones melded different facets of the various tribes he befriended over the years, which was evident in the combination of religious and ceremonial practices prayers, chanting, smoke, burning sage, body paint, communication with animals, etc. I am truly curious how different tribal nations would have looked at a "White Eyes" who did this.
Would they be offended? I really enjoyed this book. Other than my dislike for Maggie which was the only thing about this book I didn't like because it distracted me , I enjoyed all the other characters, even the strange and evil Lame One. That sure had the creepiness of a horror movie! Jul 12, Erica rated it it was amazing. The movie was based off of this book. While a lot is the same names, character personalities , the story is very different in much of the plot with added characters that were left out of the movie. Most of the book was kind of slow going for me, but I think this is more due to the fact that I like short chapters that make me feel like I'm making tons of progress and can stop easily at many points without losing the pace of the chapter I saw the movie titled The Missing years ago and LOVED IT!
Most of the book was kind of slow going for me, but I think this is more due to the fact that I like short chapters that make me feel like I'm making tons of progress and can stop easily at many points without losing the pace of the chapter. Some chapters were pages. I also felt that a lot of the story developed very slowly, but I am judging it based off of knowing the movie first.
I really loved the end to this story and how Maggie and Jones found their peace. And I was surprised and pleased with his reasons he had to leave her as a child I don't remember this being in the movie. Having a father who left me as a child, I've yearned for a moment like this, a validation or something. This book gave me that feeling. I love the ending in the book most though. I'm going to re watch it now before I return the book to the library tomorrow.
Definitely recommended. Nov 11, Carl rated it liked it. I first came across this story as a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchet and as a lover of westerns it became one of my favourites. The story centres on and old man who finds his family after being away for about 30 years.
He is met with hatred from his daughter and curiosity from hid granddaughters. He is and old man who has become more Indian than white and has come home to die. Circumstances intervene and one of the daughters is kidnapped by slave traders the gang is led by a rather I first came across this story as a movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchet and as a lover of westerns it became one of my favourites. Circumstances intervene and one of the daughters is kidnapped by slave traders the gang is led by a rather nasty Indian known as the lame one, an Indian Shaman.
The old man Jones has one last task to do before he dies. He needs to rescue his granddaughter before she is violated and sold on as a slave. He is dying on his feet, and with the help of his other younger granddaughter they set off to affect a rescue. My problem is it hat is aw the film first and really liked it. The book is good but sometimes the detail drags it down, this is only my opinion. One of the rare times that I thought the film was better than the book. Oh well, still love westerns, books and films. Now if only they could meld westerns and superheroes or westerns and sci-fi! Nov 16, evie rated it it was amazing Shelves: own-it , 5-star.
As a part of a trilogy and themed as 'family,' this wild tale captured my heart when unexpected love develops as a result of a terrifying incident. For me the narrative portrays that when all else seems lost there remains the love of family.
And in this book the family comes from unexpected realms. I cried reading this story because of motherhood and fathers and what animals will accomplish for their humans. Then there were the ties between souls and the connection between us and the earth and w As a part of a trilogy and themed as 'family,' this wild tale captured my heart when unexpected love develops as a result of a terrifying incident.
Then there were the ties between souls and the connection between us and the earth and whatever else is out there in the vastness. The many examples of love overcoming evil.
He would always remember the date because it was the day after his thirteenth birthday. He found the box right after he'd had another one of those arguments with his mother. She said he had gone over to Joey Dvorak's house without getting permission first. He said he had asked for permission. She said "maybe" did not mean "yes. The next thing anybody knew, Qwerty's mother was saying that he was grounded. Stevens wasn't mean. She just seemed mean sometimes.
It was hard for her, bringing up Qwerty and his two sisters all by herself. Six years earlier Qwerty's dad had been killed in a car accident. Stevens's little Honda. He was killed instantly. The teenager walked away with a few bruises. Stevens called out in her firmest voice.
Stevens called him by his real name only when she was mad. And she used all three names only when she was really mad. The rest of the time, she called him "Qwerty," like everyone else. He had gotten that nickname when he was in third grade. The whole class was in the computer room practicing keyboarding one day. Then they had to print out their work and turn it in. Robert Stevens had a problem lining up the paper in his printer. Somehow he clipped off his name from the top of the page. When the computer teacher was going through everyone's papers, she held up Robert's to show what happened when you didn't load the paper into the printer correctly.
Mom's just being overprotective, he thought. I'm thirteen now. I'm old enough to go over to my friend's house by myself. She's just afraid the same thing that happened to Dad will happen to me. When Qwerty was mad, or when he was in a bad mood, he liked to dig. He'd take a shovel out of the garage and go to a corner of the backyard where the grass never grew.
Then he would dig a hole.
He never had a goal in mind. He just liked to dig holes. He found it relaxing. Qwerty never dug up anything good. One day he found a rock in the shape of a triangle that looked like it could have been an old Indian arrowhead. More likely, it was just a rock in the shape of a triangle. While he was digging, nobody ever bothered him. He didn't think about anything. Stevens figured digging gave Qwerty an outlet for his anger. And to be honest, it kept him out of her hair for a little while. It was while he was digging that Qwerty found the box. The ground was well worn. He had dug holes out in the backyard many times before.
Maybe if I dig deep enough, he thought, I can climb in and nobody will ever bother me.