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Gideon the Cutpurse: Being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy (Gideon Trilogy #01)

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1763.

Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine — and Kate and Peter's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

Historical detail comes alive as debut author Linda Buckley-Archer weaves the eighteenth-century trials of Gideon, Kate, and Peter with the modern-day worries of their parents and the wily investigator trying to piece together the children's disappearance. A time-travel tale, the first book of the Gideon Trilogy introduces readers to a modern genre all its own.

Review:

"Two 21st-century British children visiting a science lab disappear into thin air and turn up in the English countryside in 1763, where they are befriended by the title character, a reformed thief. The 'anti-gravity machine' that inexplicably facilitates Kate and Peter's time travel is immediately stolen by a villainous character known as the 'Tar Man,' and a rather leisurely chase to retrieve it ensues. The narrative alternates between Gideon and the kids' 18th-century journey to London, which features numerous scrapes with murderous footpads and highwaymen, and present-day events involving much parental hand-wringing, a police investigation and a media frenzy. Debut author Buckley-Archer brings the England of King George III to life with ample (and often gruesome) period detail. (Served a slab of Stilton at a chop house, Peter notices 'half a dozen weevils which shared the plate.') The characters, however, seem curiously flat. Kate is defined by her glossy red hair and, constrained by her period garb and convention, never gets to do much; Peter is even less distinct. The author constructs their relationship as antagonistic (they have only just met when the story opens), making for lots of petty bickering of the kind heard on a long car ride with squabbling siblings. Readers may find Gideon, having lost nine of 10 family members to scarlet fever, a sympathetic figure, but he is somewhat idealized. After a rather lengthy run-up, this first volume in a planned trilogy ends in a dramatic cliff-hanger. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A breathlessly paced adventure....[N]onstop action, appealing secondary characters and healthy dollops of humor, all of which will have readers panting for the sequel." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Buckley-Archer may very well give J. K. Rowling a run for her money. This wonderfully rich and complex novel, written in lyrical and vivid language, is destined to be a classic." School Library Journal (Starred Review)

Review:

"Historical detail here is both excellent and engagingly intertwined with what would be adventure in any era: highwaymen, royalty, prison, and a corrupt judiciary. As the first in The Gideon Trilogy, this tale ends on just the right note of suspense..." VOYA

Synopsis:

The high-octane sequel to Time Snatchers.

Caleb thought he'd escaped Uncle's clutches and could have a normal life in 1968, but no such luck. After being forcibly returned to Timeless Treasures and his old job of stealing valuable objects from the past, he learns that things have gotten even more sinister. Training the new kidnapped recruits doesn't seem very important to Frank, Uncle's evil lackey, even though a few of these kids have amazing theiving skills and genius for new technology. But then Caleb figures out it's because Frank doesn't plan on keeping them around very long - or keeping them alive.

Stakes are high for all of the time snatchers. If only Caleb can convince the new ones to stop having fun with the technology and use it to save their own lives.

About the Author

Linda Buckley-Archer, a scriptwriter and journalist, began writing Gideon as a radio drama. As she read Gideon aloud to her children and they refused to let her stop for supper, she began to see its potential as a novel. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Table of Contents

Contents

To the Reader

1. The Birthday Treat

In which Peter looks forward to his birthday treat and subsequently argues with his father

2. Peter Misses an Important Telephone Call

In which Peter makes the acquaintance of the Dyer family and a hair-raising encounter with a Van de Graaff generator triggers an extraordinary chain of events

3. The Three-Cornered Hat

In which Peter finds himself in a puzzling and precarious predicament

4. The Howl of a Wolf

In which the police and Kate come to some conclusions about their predicament and the children spend the night in a birch wood

5. A Breakfast of Grilled Trout

In which Peter goes fishing and Kate gives her companion a fright

6. Lost in Time

In which Peter and Kate discover that their troubles have only just begun

7. The Hospitality of the Honorable Mrs. Byng

In which Peter and Kate make the acquaintance of the Byng family and Peter demonstrates his soccer skills

8. The Tar Man's Tale

In which Peter and Kate plant a cedar of Lebanon and Gideon tells the story of the Tar Man

9. The Journey Begins

In which the redoubtable Parson Ledbury insults Gideon and the company sets off for London

10. Attack!

In which Dr. Dyer meets the NASA scientists and the travelers make an unwelcome acquaintance

11. Lord Luxon's Tragedy

In which Detective Inspector Wheeler's suspicions are aroused and Gideon recounts how he met Lord Luxon

12. A Parliament of Rooks

In which Detective Inspector Wheeler is perturbed by a photograph, Kate talks to a famous scientist, and Peter sees something very shocking

13. Pandora's Box

In which Dr. Pirretti shows her true colors and Gideon tells the story of his namesake

14. Gideon's Strategem

In which the parson preaches a curious sermon and the party shows their bottom

15. A Pact Made in Blood

In which Inspector Wheeler goes on the warpath, Peter and Kate make a solemn promise, and London exposes some of its attractions and its dangers

16. Two Covent Gardens

In which the children finally make the acquaintance of the Tar Man at the Black Lion Tavern and then disrupt a juggler's street show

17. Queen Charlotte's Promise

In which Inspector Wheeler's exchange with Dr. Pirretti takes an unexpected turn, George III lays his hands on Jack, and Kate resorts to desperate measures

18. Into the Net

In which the children answer some difficult questions and Gideon walks into Lord Luxon's net

19. A Race Against Time

In which the parson insults some macaronies and displays his knowledge of horseflesh, and Gideon rides against the Tar Man

20. Newgate

In which Gideon languishes in Newgate prison, the children meet a famous author, and a chance meeting leaves Kate overjoyed

21. The Straw Men

In which Dr. Dyer explains the disappearance of the antigravity machine, and Gideon's situation goes from bad to worse

22. Tyburn

In which the party gathers at Tyburn, the Tar Man makes an unexpected appearance, and this story comes to an end

Author's Note

Acknowledgments

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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 17, 2010 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Linda Buckley-Archer brings 18th century London to life in this tale of two children, Peter Schock and Kate Dyer, who inadvertently fall from a 21st century winter into the summer of 1763. Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, is one of two witnesses to the sudden appearance of the children, and befriends the two in their quest to recover the anti-gravity machine that brought them into 1763 so that the children can return to their time. The other witness is the ruthless Tar Man, who stole the machine and will stop at nothing to keep this prize for himself. A well-written tale with danger, adventure and a touch of romance that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. I can't wait to read the next installment of the trilogy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416915256
Author:
Buckley-Archer, Linda
Publisher:
Putnam Juvenile
Illustrator:
O'Brien, Tim
Author:
O'Brien, Tim
Author:
Ungar, Richard
Author:
Linda Buckley-Archer
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Time travel
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B402
Series:
Gideon Trilogy, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
June 27, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
9-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Two 21st-century British children visiting a science lab disappear into thin air and turn up in the English countryside in 1763, where they are befriended by the title character, a reformed thief. The 'anti-gravity machine' that inexplicably facilitates Kate and Peter's time travel is immediately stolen by a villainous character known as the 'Tar Man,' and a rather leisurely chase to retrieve it ensues. The narrative alternates between Gideon and the kids' 18th-century journey to London, which features numerous scrapes with murderous footpads and highwaymen, and present-day events involving much parental hand-wringing, a police investigation and a media frenzy. Debut author Buckley-Archer brings the England of King George III to life with ample (and often gruesome) period detail. (Served a slab of Stilton at a chop house, Peter notices 'half a dozen weevils which shared the plate.') The characters, however, seem curiously flat. Kate is defined by her glossy red hair and, constrained by her period garb and convention, never gets to do much; Peter is even less distinct. The author constructs their relationship as antagonistic (they have only just met when the story opens), making for lots of petty bickering of the kind heard on a long car ride with squabbling siblings. Readers may find Gideon, having lost nine of 10 family members to scarlet fever, a sympathetic figure, but he is somewhat idealized. After a rather lengthy run-up, this first volume in a planned trilogy ends in a dramatic cliff-hanger. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A breathlessly paced adventure....[N]onstop action, appealing secondary characters and healthy dollops of humor, all of which will have readers panting for the sequel."
"Review" by , "Buckley-Archer may very well give J. K. Rowling a run for her money. This wonderfully rich and complex novel, written in lyrical and vivid language, is destined to be a classic."
"Review" by , "Historical detail here is both excellent and engagingly intertwined with what would be adventure in any era: highwaymen, royalty, prison, and a corrupt judiciary. As the first in The Gideon Trilogy, this tale ends on just the right note of suspense..."
"Synopsis" by ,
The high-octane sequel to Time Snatchers.

Caleb thought he'd escaped Uncle's clutches and could have a normal life in 1968, but no such luck. After being forcibly returned to Timeless Treasures and his old job of stealing valuable objects from the past, he learns that things have gotten even more sinister. Training the new kidnapped recruits doesn't seem very important to Frank, Uncle's evil lackey, even though a few of these kids have amazing theiving skills and genius for new technology. But then Caleb figures out it's because Frank doesn't plan on keeping them around very long - or keeping them alive.

Stakes are high for all of the time snatchers. If only Caleb can convince the new ones to stop having fun with the technology and use it to save their own lives.

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