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Charlie's the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can't remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don't take him seriously. Still, this isn't all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there's this girl... Yvaine... another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine's got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history - like accidentally let the founding father be killed - they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22mm | 653g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1937945030
  • 9781937945039
  • 2,521,853

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687 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 33% (229)
4 34% (235)
3 23% (159)
2 7% (47)
1 2% (17)

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You know how you get started in a book and you don't want to put it down even for a little break....well this is totally one of those!!! I mean when I started reading it I was kinda like why the heck is Charlie ok with not being notice???? Then I was like ...NO Fricking way...that is too weird. Clock dudes that shoot things and disappear in to time holes...yep what have I got myself into reading. Then of course we're in London and we meet up with the craziest gang of street losers ever..I swear, Mr. Gavin pegged the characters right for that time and year. A bunch of filthy pick pocketers....with of course a little bright side Yvaine. Yvanie in her own right was a very interesting character. A traveler like Charlie, but she never left London slums to see if there was anything better. The story on a whole is one HUGE and I mean HUGE adventure that is sure to capture YA and adults readers alike. I enjoyed how they totally screwed up the time line and killed off Ben Franklin...LOL Nothing like hopping through time backwards and forwards right? I think that Mr. Andy Gavin did an AMAZING job capturing his readers and his writing, both characters and settings are supreme.show more
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