Eh and let it go but this was SUCH a neat idea that I m genuinely upset that it wasn t rewritten to repair these problems Huge missed opportunity Not recommended While this book had a cool premise and interesting beginning a dead general vVERY important in American history the writing style is jagged and abrupt Sort of stream of consciousness style that did not make for a fluid read Maybe it will appeal to a kid but this adult did not like its style The concept of this book gets 5 stars and I think most kids I would hand this to would love it just based upon that general idea time travel that is possible through an iPhone appThis is totally modern and since most kids I know don t ven set their phones down to brush their teeth or sleep it might grab the attention of some reluctant readers There are awesome historical figures facts and Love for Imperfect Things events during the American Revolution that the story is based around which is super awesome That being said parts of it drove me crazy it went on far too long the chapters often cut off in strange spots and what made me crazy was that the kids teacher texted them using R U there and other text shorthand I think this could have beenxecuted better but with the current time we live in kids will really A Heart of Stone enjoy this idea and hopefully learn a few things while reading it tooNote to myself There s a line that says burn in hell so don t buy this for my third graders not worth the issues it will cause The concept is nice and there were some funny parts but the writing was forking weirdAlso thatndingSo disappointed since I don t want to read the rest of the series or whatever. Elp from two colonial kids and Benjamin Franklin himself Debut novelist David Potter cleverly combines time travel humor and American history in this fast paced adventure For American Revolution nthusiasts there's information about historical reenactments additional reading and websit.
This almost got 3 stars because I liked the concept and there were certainly moments that made me chuckle However the pacing was all wrong and the nding was wholly unsatisfactory The dialognarration was also clumsy falling into the trap of trying too hard to sound like a kid I Language and Linguistics expected this to be a story where three unlikely friends bonded in the face of crisis and while that kind of happened it was an afterthought and not convincing in the slightest Also while clearly well researched it didn t provide a very nuanced picture of some of our founding fathers which in 2015 when this was written doesn t make sense to me Additionally the things like people not understanding Mel s Nike s got old and redundant after a while which is a shame because that could have been such an interesting point of contactVery disappointing because it s a great concept and historical time travel is a favorite trope of mine I actually listened to the audio book version it was pretty slow I think I would ve liked it if I had read the actual book instead of listening to it Really cool concept The author did a ton of research so the book is packed with historic detail The characters weren t very detailed though And I m not the biggest sci fi fan to begin with Excellent premise and I love me some time travel but thexecution was trying There was much to like here tweens forced to deal with the realities of life in 1776 problem solving Divertimento etc but the story felt forced repetitive too many on pagexplanations of iPhone for Love Is a Fairy Tale example and too long Please note that I received a free ARC of this book in a contest and would like to say Percy Jackson fans willmbrace this humorous time travel adventure the first in a series about an iPhone malfunction that sends three kids back to 1776 in time to rescue George Washington On Christmas Day Mel finds General George Washington lying dead as a doornail in a stable But Mel.
Huge thank you for the opportunity to read and review itMel Bev and Brandon don t have the best relationship with Promise at Dawn each other However it s the Christmas holidays and their parents areither too busy or too successful for these three children to come home with them In turn they made arrangements with their school to take care of these three over the course of the vacation They are the Left Behinds To make their time less unpleasant special vents were planned out so that boredom did not overtake their lives One of these such arrangements was on Christmas Day when the The kids and I listened to the audio version of this book on a long car trip The book provided historical details that added to the humor in the book as well as a history lesson The audio version seemed a little slow and we lost interest near the nd An iPhone malfunction sends a group of children back to 1776 where they find General George Washington lying dead in a barn Unless they can figure out how to undo what has happened the course of history will be changed forever Although the kids were in constant danger humor gave the book an overall lighthearted feel The reader Kirby Heyborne did an incredible job He is one of my favorite readers I give him 5 stars and the book 3 12 stars The Left Behinds has the potential to be a really great series I wanted this to be good I really did But a great concept an iPhone app that allows time travel falls apart in the Bangkok Wakes to Rain execution The chapters are repetitive and weirdly short the story takes way too long toxplain the set up at least half of the characters are wholly unnecessary Normally I d just say. Knows that George Washington must cross the Delaware River or the course of American history will be changed forever Could Mel’s iPhone have sent him back in time to 1776 And can Mel and his schoolmates know it all Bev and laid back Brandon come to the rescue Perhaps with a little
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