I am continually updating this list. There are a lot of wonderful series here. My goal is to review at least one book from each of these series. For the books that I have reviewed, clicking on the “my review” link will bring you to my relevant post. The most recent additions to the list appear first. Happy reading!
49. Ranger in Time by Kate Messner. 7 books, 2015-2018 and ongoing.
Amazon: Meet Ranger! He’s a time-traveling golden retriever who has a nose for trouble … and always saves the day! Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize!
My take: This is one of my favorite series! Here are my reviews for all the Ranger books: Rescue on the Oregon Trail, Danger in Ancient Rome, Long Road to Freedom, Race to the South Pole, Journey Through Ash and Smoke, Escape from the Great Earthquake, and D-Day: Battle on the Beach.
48. Flashback Four by Dan Gutman, 2 books, third to be released April 3, 2018.
Amazon: In New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman’s all-new series, which blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure, four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history’s most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address.
They’ll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most important—not get caught! Back matter separating fact from fiction and real black-and-white photographs throughout make Flashback Four the perfect mix of true history and uproarious fun.
(my author interview and review)
47. The Last Musketeer, by Stuart Gibbs. 3 books, 2012-2013: The Last Musketeer; Traitor’s Chase; Double Cross.
Goodreads: On the first day of a family trip to Paris, Greg Rich’s parents disappear. They’re not just missing from the city—they’re missing from the century. So Greg does what any other fourteen-year-old would do: He travels through time to rescue them.
Greg soon finds out that his family history is tied to the legendary Three Musketeers. But when he meets them, they’re kids his age, and they’ll only live long enough to become true heroes if he can save them. To rescue his parents, Greg must assume the identity of a young Musketeer in training and unite Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan—but a powerful enemy is doing everything possible to stop him from succeeding.
46. In Due Time by Nicholas O. Time. 3 books: Going, Going, Gone; Stay a Spell; and Wrong Place (Really) Wrong Time, 2016.
Goodreads: Going, Going, Gone opens in the library at Sands Middle School where strange things are happening. Vikings burst out of bookcases, Albert Einstein appears out of nowhere, and is that Jackie Robinson tossing a baseball in the corner of the room?
When Librarian Valerie Tremt tells three students that one of the library books, The Book of Memories, is actually a time travel portal, the kids don’t believe her at first. But when they ask to see a dinosaur as proof and suddenly there is a terrifying T-Rex in the library, they realize she isn’t kidding around.
Now that he can time travel, twelve-year-old Matt knows exactly where he wants to go. In the summer of 1951, Matt’s grandfather Joe was on the path to becoming a major league baseball player. But at a 4th of July BBQ, Joe danced a little too close to the edge of a swimming pool and—splash!—he fell in and hurt his ankle. What should have been a minor injury turned out to be a career-ending one. Always the optimist, Joe used to say, “Because of the accident, I met the girl I was going to marry, so it was all worth it.”
Matt wants to go back in time to prevent the accident from ever occurring, so his grandfather can have the career he deserved! But can he successfully alter his grandfather’s past without changing his own future? Only time will tell…
45. The Chronos Files by Rysa Walker. 3 books, 2014-2015: Timebound, Time’s Edge, Time’s Divide.
Goodreads: When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.
Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.
Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world? Timebound
44. Books of Beginning by John Stephens. 3 books, 2012-2015.
Amazon: These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.
Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now.
Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world…a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophecy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.
43. Nickolas Flux History Chronicles by Nel Yomtov. 4 books, 2014-2015.
Amazon: When a spontaneous time leap sends Nickolas Flux back to the California Gold Rush, what’s a teenage history buff to do? Join the scramble to strike it rich, of course! From meeting John Sutter to panning for gold, Nick must survive one of the most pivotal events of American Westward Expansion. Flight to Freedom-Nicholas Flux and the Underground Railroad
42. Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman. 11 books, 1997-2015. Amazon: Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game — except how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Stosh feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-paying job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor’s attic, he feels even worse — until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Stosh has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner — the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he’s about to find out that it’s worth a lot more than money…
My take: I love Gutman and really enjoyed Honus and Me (my review). I also liked Willie and Me (my review).
41. Imagination Station by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker. 9 books, 2011-2015. From the publisher: Climb aboard, kids! Travel back in time and sail with the Vikings, meet a Roman Emperor, come face-to-face with China’s Kublai Khan, and experience a host of other historical adventures in the Imagination Station series for young readers.
40. The Missing by Margaret Haddix. 9 books: Found (’09) (my review), Sent (’10)(my review), Sabotaged (’11) (my review), Torn (’12), Caught (’13), Sought (’13), Risked (’13), Rescued (’14), Revealed (’14) (my review), and Redeemed (’15).
Amazon: One night a plane appeared out of nowhere, the only passengers aboard: thirty-six babies. As soon as they were taken off the plane, it vanished. Now, thirteen years later, two of those children are receiving sinister messages, and they begin to investigate their past. Their quest to discover where they really came from leads them to a conspiracy that reaches from the far past to the distant future—and will take them hurtling through time. In this exciting new series, bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix brings an element of suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
39. Infinity Ring by various authors. 8 books, 2012-2014.
Amazon: History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right! When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course. Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks … and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!
I reviewed Infinity Ring books #1, #2, #3.
38. Just in Time by Cheri Earl and Carol Williams. 3 books: The Rescue Begins in Delaware (2013), Sweet Secrets in Pennsylvania (2013), and Wizard of Menlo Park, New Jersey (2014).
Goodreads: Twins George and Gracie travel back in a time machine to Delaware during the Revolutionary War, trying to rescue their stranded parents and in the process they help Caesar Rodney to cast Delaware’s crucial vote for independence.
37. The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky.
3 books: The Time-Traveling Fashionista (’11), (my review), The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette (’13), and The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile (’14), (my review).
Goodreads: What if a beautiful vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure.
Suddenly onboard a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamorous life of this opulent era and slips into a life of secrets, drama, and decadence… Dreamy and imaginative, The Time-Traveling Fashionista features thirty full-color fashion illustrations to show gorgeous dresses and styles throughout history.
36. Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures by Marianne Malone and Greg Call. 4 books: The Sixty-Eight Rooms (’11),(my review); Stealing Magic: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (’13); The Pirate’s Coin: A Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventure (’13)(my review); and The Secret of the Key (’14).
Goodreads: Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic.
Imagine—what if you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?
My take: I think anyone who has ever peered into a dollhouse and imagined living inside would enjoy The Sixty-Eight Rooms. The boy-girl friendship depicted was also very nice.
35. Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne. 28 books, 1992-2003; and Merlin Missions, 19 books, 2009-2014.
From the Publisher: Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures. Whether it’s watching baby dinosaurs hatch, finding a secret passage in a castle, helping a ghost queen in an Egyptian pyramid, or finding pirate treasure, readers won’t want to miss a single story!
My take: Who hasn’t read some Magic Treehouse books? Osborne’s got the formula down, that’s for sure. (my review)
34. The Treasure Chest Series by Ann Hood. 7 books, 2012-2013.
Goodreads: While exploring The Treasure Chest, Felix and Maisie are transported to a Massachusetts farm in 1836. Disappointed that they have not landed in their beloved New York City, they wonder why they were brought to Massachusetts to meet a young girl named Clara Barton. Perhaps Clara has a message for the twins? Or maybe they have one for her? Alexander Graham Bell, Master of Sound (#7) (my review)
33. Willow Falls Series by Wendy Mass. 4 books: 11 Birthdays (’10), (my review), Finally (’11), 13 Gifts (’13), and The Last Present ’13)(my review).
Goodreads: It’s Amanda’s 11th birthday and she is super excited — after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she’s shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven’t shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, she wakes up happy for a new day. Or is it? Her birthday seems to be repeating itself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it? Only time, friendship, and a little luck will tell.
32. Blast to the Past by Stacia Deutsch. 8 books, 2005-2013. Goodreads: Third graders travel through time to keep history on track. Abigail loves Mondays, and so does the rest of class 305. That’s the day Mr. Caruthers asks them cool questions about history. Today Mr. C asks, “What if Abraham Lincoln never freed the slaves?” Abigail and her friends are ready to put their thinking caps on. But this time Mr. C wants them to do more than put their heads together-he wants them to travel back in time. Turns out the “What If?” questions are real, and Mr. C has just come back from a visit to the past. He needs their help because it looks like President Lincoln might quit and never free the slaves With a time-travel gadget and only two hours to spare, Abigail and her friends are going back to the past. But even though time traveling isn’t hard, convincing Abraham Lincoln not to give up isn’t going to be easy….
My take: I enjoyed Sacajawea’s Strength (my review), Bell’s Breakthrough (my review), and Lincoln’s Legacy (my review).
31. Time Riders by Alex Scarrow. 7 books, 2011-2013.
Goodreads: Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand …”. But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose—to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the TimeRiders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world… (my review)
30. Dinosaur Cove by Rex Stone. 26 books, 2008-2013.
Amazon: Tom and Jamie can’t believe their luck when they find a secret entrance to a prehistoric world filled with dinosaurs!
The first dinosaur they meet is a friendly wannanosaurus. It eats the fruit from super-stinky ginkgo trees. But soon, Tom and Jamie meet a much less friendly dino: a Tyrannosaurus Rex that would like to eat them! Attack of the Tyrannosaurus, Dinosaur Cove, #1 (my review).
29. A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup. 3 books, 2010-2013.
Goodreads: The three Cheeseman children, their father, and their psychic dog are all on the run. From whom? Well the CIA, naturally. But also corporate agents #5, #29, and # 207, plus two international superspies — one of whom happens to be a chimpanzee. They all want Dr. Cheeseman and his late wife’s greatest invention–a machine with unspeakable powers–OK, I’ll say it. It’s a time machine. But it’s not working right yet, so put all ideas of time travel out of your head.
Instead, please enjoy this high stakes, high action, hijinx-filled chase, and the bizarre characters our Cheeseman friends will meet as they protect not just their parents’ invention, but their mother’s sacred memory. It’s an adventure novel like no other.
Oh yeah, and did we mention the entertaining, plot-exposition filled, unsolicited advice you’ll receive along the way? So you didn’t ask for it? Yeah, that’s why it’s unsolicited.
28. TJ and the Time Stumblers by Bill Myers. 6 books, 2011-2013.
Amazon: This six-book series centers around two 23rd century goofballs, Tuna and Herby, who travel back in time to study TJ Finkelstein for their history project. TJ will someday become a great leader who demonstrates honesty, integrity, thoughtfulness, self-sacrifice, respect for others—all traits she hones and grasps through her adventures in this series. Unfortunately, Tuna and Herby get stuck in TJ’s time (modern day), so she has to deal with their schemes while juggling the normal issues of a seventh grader who has moved to a new city, is trying to fit in, and is coping with her mother’s death and her family’s new life.
27. Max Quick Novels by Mark Jeffries. 3 books: Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendent (’11) (my review), Max Quick: The Two Travellers (’12), Max Quick: The Bane of the Bondsman (’13).
Amazon: Max Quick is a pickpocket, a vagabond, an orphan, and a thief. Even so, nothing about him seems particularly special . . . until one day when time mysteriously stops. Suddenly, nearly everyone in the world is frozen in time—except for Max.
Now Max must journey across America to find the source of the Time-stop. Along the way, he meets others who aren’t suspended in time, like Casey, a girl who’s never been on her own until now. Together, as they search for the cause of this disaster, Max and his companions encounter ancient mysteries, magic books, and clues to the riddle of stopped time. But relentless and mysterious villains are hot on Max’s heels and will do everything in their power to prevent Max from ending the Time-stop. And the closer Max gets to the answers, the more it seems that his own true identity is not what he once believed.
Racing against a clock that no longer ticks, Max must embrace his past to save his future—and the world—from being altered forever.
My take: In the first book, everyone in the series freezes in place except Max and a few other kids. Everyone can also run super fast and has the power of a superhero. Too much fun.
26. Andy Mackpeace Time Travel Adventures by J. Lee Graham. 3 books: In the Nick of Time,( ’08),(my review); The Time of his Life, (’11); and All the Time in the World, (’13).
Amazon: When thirteen-year-old Andy Mackpeace’s psychic grandmother Geri bequeaths him some mysterious incense sticks, he lights one in her memory, and the smoke hurls him back to March 5, 1770 in Massachusetts. There he meets Samuel Maverick, a soon to be victim of the Boston Massacre. Andy experiences the horrible event and is almost killed. He discovers that lighting the unused portion of the stick brings him back to his New Hampshire home in the present. Andy and his best friend Roger Stanley tempt fate to light a different stick for another time travel adventure. In the midst of the smoke, Miranda Roberts barges in, and Andy drops the stick. All three transport back to Antebellum Georgia where Andy and Miranda are the children of a plantation owner. Roger, who is black, is a slave. Without the stick, they are hopelessly trapped.
25. The Quest Series by S.W. Lothian. 3 books: The Golden Scarab, 2012, (my review), The Cursed Nile, 2012, and The Fallen Pharoah, 2013.
Goodreads: A storm is brewing in ancient Egypt, and chaos threatens the peace. It’s God against God, brother against brother, and pretty soon everyone’s gonna be in deep trouble.Fast forward to the modern world where twelve-year-old, JJ visits a museum for a day packed full of boredom. Little does he know that he’s about to get mixed up in the adventure of his life.
Desperate to fix the past, an ancient mummy from an exhibit recruits JJ and his best mate, Linc, to embark on a quest that’s full of danger and adventure. It’s not long before the pair head back in time to ancient Egypt and team up with another unlikely hero named, Rani.
Join them as they search for a mystical amulet, known as the Golden Scarab, which has the power to save the day. All the while, a gang of cranky beasts called Uberdiles (half-man half-crocodile) will stop at nothing to crush them before they can find the amulet.
24. Fifties Chix by Angela Sage Larsen. 5 books, 2012-2013.
Goodreads: Sock hops. Soda fountains. Slumber parties. Life in 1955 is simple for tomboy Beverly, moody Maxine, high-spirited Judy, studious Mary, and artistic Ann. But after a class assignment to predict life in the future, they wake up the next morning in a future they could never have imagined, having time-traveled into a parallel universe over fifty years into the future. With only each other to trust, they must work together and find their way home to 1955, but the more they discover about the future, will they even want to go back? Travel to Tomorrow (my review).
23. Mr. Barrington’s Mysterious Trunk by Melodie Cuate. 6 books, 2006-2012.
Goodreads: Hannah finds nothing adventurous about the seventh grade—until she meets her new Texas history teacher, Mr. Barrington, who brings in a mysterious trunk and assigns an unusual project: to become a part of history. While seeking inspiration among the historical artifacts contained in the trunk, Hannah, her brother Nick, and her friend Jackie are suddenly thrown back through time, finding themselves at an old Spanish mission in San Antonio. It’s the Alamo, and the famous battle is about to begin
22. The Snipesville Chronicles by Annette Laing. 4 books, 2007-2016.
Goodreads: What a nightmare. Hannah Dias, California Girl with Attitude, and Alex, her laid-back brother, have moved from exciting San Francisco to boring Snipesville, Georgia. Life doesn’t improve when they meet Brandon, a dorky kid who is plotting his escape from the Deep South, and the weird Professor, who has a strange secret.Suddenly, the kids are catapulted thousands of miles and almost seventy years to England during World War Two.They fall into a world of stinging nettles, dragon ladies, bomb blasts, ugly underwear, stinky sandwiches, painful punishments, and non-absorbing toilet paper. (my author interview and review)
21. Canadian Flyer Adventures by Frieda Wishinsky. 17 books, 2007-2011.
Goodreads: The old Canadian Flyer in the attic of Emily’s new house looks like just another old sled. But when eight-year-old Emily and nine-year-old Matt rub the sled’s maple leaf logo, they suddenly find themselves transported from the dusty old attic to Frobisher Bay. What’s more, they’re aboard Martin Frobisher’s ship The Aid and the year is 1577! Adventure beckons, and Emily and Matt are happy to follow. Until, that is, they meet up with honest-to-goodness pirates! This rollicking, fast-paced adventure, with black and white illustrations, brings Frobisher’s search for the Northwest Passage to life. Hurry, Freedom. (my review)
20. Navigator Trilogy by Eoin McNamee. The Navigator, 2006; City of Time, 2008; and The Frost Child, 2010.
Goodreads: One day the world around Owen shifts oddly: Time flows backwards, and the world and family he knew disappear. Time can only be set right when the Resisters vanquish their ancient enemies, the Harsh. Unless they are stopped, everything Owen knows will vanish as if it has never been…And Owen discovers he has a terrifying role to play in this battle: he is the Navigator.
29. Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Liparulo. 6 books, 2008-2010.
Amazon: When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films … but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.
But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into–as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.
They soon discover there’s something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.
Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places–in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen’s dream come true … or his worst nightmare.
I read the first novel in this series. (my review)
18. The Fire Thief by Terry Deary. 3 books: The Fire Thief (2007), Flight of the Fire Thief (2007), and Fire Thief Fights Back (2009).
Goodreads: The Fire Thief hilariously reimagines the myth of Prometheus, the Greek demigod who stole fire from the gods and gave it to the human race. To escape the gods’ revenge, Prometheus travels through time to Eden City in 1858. There, he befriends a young orphan, actor, and petty criminal named Jim. When Jim runs into trouble with the law, Prometheus is torn — if he uses his powers to get his friend out of trouble, he will betray his hiding place to the gods. Terry Deary masterfully interweaves two plots, with action jumping at a whirlwind pace from Mount Olympus to the seedy taverns and elegant mansions of Victorian Eden City. Packed with puns, wisecracks, and sarcastic footnotes, The Fire Thief turns Greek mythology into a laughing matter. (my review)
17. Time Soldiers by Kathleen Duey and Robert Gould. 7 books, 2000-2009. (These are really picture books, geared toward readers age 5-7.)
Amazon: Six young friends become Time Soldiers when they stumble onto a secret time portal, leading them to an ancient world of dinosaurs and danger. The Time Soldiers fight to survive, escape the T. Rex’s fury, and make it home alive.
16. Time Surfers by Tony Abbott. 8 books, 2008-2009.
Amazon: Ned Banks is miserable. He’s the new kid in school–and he sticks out like a sore thumb. His life is going downhill fast. Until something happens. Ned’s not sure how he did it–but he beamed two kids from the year 2099 into his bedroom closet! Roop and Suzi are Time Surfers–cool kids who travel through time. And they want Ned to join them! Of course Ned says yes. He’s ready for excitement! Action! But he might get more than he bargained for. (my review)
15. The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost. 3 books, 2007-2009.
Amazon: A statue; a coin; an old book. They look as dusty as everything else in the Faulkner Antiquarian Bookstore, where 14-year-old Sam Faulkner seeks his father, who’s been missing for days. But when Sam slips the coin into the statue, he’s swept back in time — to Scotland in 800 A.D. — where he must find both the statue and another coin in order to return to the present. It’s the first step in an adventure that will take him to ancient Egypt, World War I, even Dracula’s castle — and a mystery that will end only when Sam saves his father, or loses him in time …
14. The Time-Travelling Cat by Julia Jarman. 6 books, 1993-2008.
Goodreads: Topher’s cat, Ka, is not always who she seems to be. Sometimes she disappears for days and all that Ka has left by his bedside is a little stone carving of a cat. One days Ka leaves a clue on Topher’s computer. She types Bubastis and soon Topher finds himself time-travelling to Ancient Egypt where Ka is in terrible danger.
My take: I read The Time-Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink and was very unimpressed. (my review)
13. Ulysses Moore by P.D. Baccalario. 13 books, 4 translated into English, 2006-2008.
Amazon: An action-packed series full of mysteries, puzzles, and codes that will keep kids turning the pages. Eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia have just moved from London to an old mansion on the English coast. Their new home is filled with twisting tunnels and strange artifacts from around the world, and the twins can’t wait to discover all its secrets.
Before long, Jason, Julia, and their friend Rick stumble upon a mysterious-looking door hidden behind an old wardrobe. But none of the keys in the house will open it.
What lies behind the door? And why has someone tried to conceal it? Jason, Julia, and Rick are determined to find out, no matter what it takes…
12. Dinosaur Adventure Series by Judith Silverthorne. 4 books, 2003-2008.
From the publisher: Daniel once again travels back to the time of dinosaurs to learn more about the prehistoric creatures he loves. This time he has an unexpected companion.
My take: I haven’t them but I admire powerful succinct titles so am awed by these: Dinosaur Stakeout, Dinosaur Breakout, Dinosaur Blackout. Brilliant!
11. Time Spies by Candice Ransome. 10 books, 2006-2008.
Amazon: Three children meet unsung heroes who shaped America’s history. Follow the children as they hop in and out of various eras, learning important life lessons along the way. Children will enjoy the fun, easy-to-read style, and librarians, educators and parents will appreciate the learning their young readers pick up along the way. Each book ends with a fun, do-it-yourself craft project that encourages readers to delve deeper into the subject of the story. (my review)
10. Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater by Becky Citra. 4 books, 2004-2008.
Goodreads: Jeremy should be at home eating his supper. Instead he has traveled through time with a cat named Aristotle to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods. Neither he nor Aristotle has any idea how to get home, let alone how to help Mr. Magnus lift Zeus’s curse on his theater, where no play has been performed for years. Not knowing what else to do, Jeremy and Aristotle climb toward the summit, finding adventure all the way.
9. The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka. 16 books, 1991-2007.
From Scieszka’s website: What would happen if three regular kids from Brooklyn got a mysterious blue Book with silver designs that could transport them anywhere in time or space? What if these three guys met up with King Arthur, the knights of the Round Table, Merlin the magician, one burping and gas-leaking giant, and a fire-breathing dragon? The Time Warp Trio series would happen.
My take: Scieszka is a funny, funny dude. Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge? (my review); Tut, Tut (my review); Your Mother is a Neanderthal (my review).
8. Good Times Travel Agency by Linda Bailey. 6 books, 2000-2006.
From the publisher: The Good Times Travel Agency series offers a lively and adventurous blend of fact and fiction. Join the Binkerton kids — twins Josh and Emma and their little sister Libby — as they return again and again to the magical travel agency and find themselves lost in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, the Middle Ages and other times past. Their time-traveling escapades are presented in comic-book style, while the non-fiction “travel guide” sections provide historical information on each era they visit. Adventures in Ancient Egypt (my review), Adventures with the Vikings (my review).
7. The Time Traveling Twins by Diane Stanley. 3 books, 2001-2004.
From the publisher: What if you could close your eyes and open them to find you were amongst hundreds of pioneers in 1843, packing up your covered wagon to travel the 2,000 miles of the Oregon Trail? Meet twins Liz and Lenny and their unique grandmother, who, with the help of her magic hat, can transport the twins to any time in history. In their first journey, the twins…
My take: Okay, I admit it–this series are not chapter books, but rather picture books. However, I just adored Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation, and I actually learned a few things, so I snuck it in.
6. Hourglass Adventures by Barbara Robertson. 6 books, 2001-2002.
Amazon: On her tenth birthday, Rosemary Rita receives ten packages in the mail from her grandmother, each full of old postcards, clothes, and antique trinkets. She is warned not to open the last package until her grandmother arrives, but how can she resist? Among the gifts is a beautiful hourglass. She turns it over while holding an old German postcard, falls into a deep, deep sleep, and wakes up in Berlin, back in 1870, where she’s face-to-face with ten-year-old Rosemary Berger, her great-great-great-grandmother!
My take: My daughter and I were ho-hum about the one we read. (my review)
5. Disaster Book Series by Peg Kehret. 3 books, 1998-1999.
This series includes The Volcano Disaster (my review), The Blizzard Disaster (my review), and The Flood Disaster (my review).
My take: I love this series! I read one, then I had to read the others. Ms. Kehret makes you feel you are right there in the middle of the action. Great books for reluctant readers.
4. The Indian in The Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks. 5 books, 1985-1998.
From Goodreads: The Indian in the Cupboard is a children’s book by British author Lynne Reid Banks, and illustrated by Brock Cole – it was first published in 1980, and has received numerous awards, as well as being made into a film in 1995. The original book, The Indian in the Cupboard was followed by four sequels: The Return of the Indian (1985)(my review); The Secret of the Indian (1989); The Mystery of the Cupboard (1992); and The Key to the Indian (1998). Readers are advised to start at the beginning and to read in order for full enjoyment, but each could stand alone.
My take: The first one in the series is a classic and one of my top-ten favorite time travel books. (my review)
3. Time Navigators by Gilbert Morris. 3 books, 1995-1997.
Amazon: Danny and Dixie Fortune are frantic when their father, James, disappears without a trace. The police investigation is at a dead end, and the twins are ready to do almost anything to help!
2. Travelers Through Time by Beatrice Gormley. 3 books, 1994-1996.
From the publisher: Action, adventure, science, and discovery come together in this fascinating and educational story about three enterprising kids who find a way to travel through time to save the Titanic from sinking.
My Take: I love the cheesy book covers of this series. Back to the Titanic (my review) was the first in the series, Back to Paul Revere was second (my review), and Back to the Day Lincoln was Shot (my review) was third.
1. The Wrinkle in Time Quintet by Madeline L’Engle. 5 books, 1962-1989.
Amazon: The Time Quintet consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. The digest box set features the art of Taeeun Yoo. A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most significant novels of our time. This fabulous, ground-breaking science-fiction and fantasy story is the first of five in the Time Quintet series about the Murry family.
Notes: Some of these series may be aimed at readers younger than Middle Grade, but with the exception of the Time Traveling Twins and Time Soldiers, all are chapter books. I don’t think there are any Young Adult books on this list. I defined a series as consisting of at least three books. If I could not find a description for the series, I pasted a description of the first book in the series. Clicking on the title will bring you to one of the books in the series on Amazon.com.
I did not provide descriptions for series of which only one book is a time travel tale. These include Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure; Twisted Journeys #6-The Time Travel Trap; This Isn’t What it Looks Like (my review) from The Secret Series; Children of the Red King #2: Charlie Bone and The Time Twister, and Zack Files 08: My Son the Time Traveler.
If you have read any of these series I would dearly love to hear your opinion of them in the comments section! Also, if I have left out any series, please let me know!
Great List! I don’t know if you had included indie books when you did your list, but I’ve written a series (two, so far and working on the third): IN THE NICK OF TIME and THE TIME OF HIS LIFE under J. Lee Graham. Both are for Middle Grade (Ages 9-12). Thanks.
J. Lee, I didn’t deliberately leave out indie books, although I only put series on the list comprised of at least three books. Are your books available on Amazon?
Just looked on Amazon and I see that they are. They look great.
Wow that’s an extensive list. At least I’m familiar with A Wrinkle in Time quintet. 🙂
Akoss, I didn’t know before I started compiling the list that there was more than the one Madeline L’Engle book!
What a great list. I’m bookmarking this page as a reference for time travel books and will include it on my blog.
I loved The Wrinkle in Time Series growing up and I have read some of the others on your list- but many were new to me. I have 3 kids in my class reading The Infinity Ring right now and they all love it. I hope to start the series soon! Thanks for the list! Also- I notice the author of In the Nick of Time commented. That was a favorite of one of my students from last year’s class! 🙂
Stephanie, Nice–an indie author is a hit!
Awesome list– can’t think of anything you missed. The Caroline Cooney time travel quartet is more YA. And it looks fine in my browser!
Thought you might enjoy the time travel books my husband Larry Names has written: TEGAN O’MALLEY The Traveler in Time and his latest TEGAN O’MALLEY Stowaway on Titanic. Both are available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback.
Thanks, Peg. I like Titanic time travel books!
The Enchanted Theater series is a series that my son enjoys, about a cat named Aristotle who goes back in time to meet Greek mythology characters.
Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater
Jeremy in the Underworld
Jeremy and the Golden Fleece
Jeremy and Fantastic
I never heard of this series, Lynn, but I see it is in print and I will add it to my list! A lot of people are interested in time-travelling cats so may appreciate your suggestion.
There is one about a girl who gets an antique clock for her birthday and when she sets it she wakes up in a different time. First time she sits a test at school that they did the day before. Then she wakes up with bars around her and her legs are like jello. She is a baby in a cot. Then she travels to the future where she wakes up in bed with a husband, has 2 kids and all her clothes in the wardrobe are grey. She goes back and decides not to marry him. I can’t remember much else but it was an amazing book and I can’t remember the name or author. I got it in the Library in the mid 80’s in the teenage/young adult fiction and it was American. Please can anyone help find this?
Jane, I can’t help you with that this was called unfortunately, but I remember reading it too in the 80s – I thought it was awesome, and would love to re-read. Hopefully someone else will respond with more information.
You two have made me very curious about this one!
I read it too and have been searching for it for ages!! Can t remember the name of it though, it was a brilliant book would love to read it again!
Joanne and Jane, I believe the book we were seeking is called ‘Changing Times’ by Tim Kennemore … let’s hope it is as good as we remember. Thanks Susan for your blog!
You should put up “The Last Musketeer” by Stuart Gibbs, it’s one of the best books i’ve ever read!
TEGAN O’MALLEY The Traveler in Time https://www.amazon.com/dp/0910937354/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_pga8xb76PREGY
Alan, Where would we be without wheels, after all. The book you refer to sounds great, but I’m afraid I don’t know it.
Sacred as in banned. A very nasty clergy with shaven heads execute people who use them.
Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Travel Adventure
Andrea, I believe that is the only book in the Molly Moon series that involves time travel.
George Washington’s socks and George Washington’s spy are fantastic! My son loves them. We are now reading The IPhone that Saved George Washington and The Selfue That Saved the Union. My son is really enjoying them as well. I highly recommend these two series even though they are both only 2 books each (so far).
Rikki. I just reviewed Socks yesterday! Your son is going to know more about history than I do.
Just shooting through novels on Time Travel. I just published one on Amazon 2 days ago(it was written years ago). I have worked on outlines for this single series (100 sequels). It is utterly different from anything out there. T.T. is the central theme. It involves real people and real farm communities but the story is fictionalized. It pays tribute to the characters who once lived and died in the 1930s-1950s on this prairie farm. Theme : 9 children with their 3 puppies find a portal (a railway car — caboose) on their farm, situated on the farm’s grasslands in a slough (water shed) where hunters flay their fish and collect their water-fowl for meals. The caboose is from another century. It is an antique. Later it becomes known as “The Sentinal”. Its trap door opens only once every 20 years. It guards a great secret. It summons up a whirlwind 3,000′ across. The children get caught in this “storm” never to return. There are over 100 geological Stages of Earth history spanning 4.4 billion years. Each novel takes them every 3 months from one Stage into another. The children must adapt and survive these alien environments. The Holocene is the first environment that takes the reader back 11,400 years. The next 4 sequels deal with the 4 known major Ice Ages (going back 2 million years). The 1st novel introduces the real characters that once actually lived on those farms. Nothing is fictionalized except the story line.
CLOCKWORK STRANGE – Into The Whirlwind by Dale McInnes
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About ten years ago, saw “Honus and Me” in the Gutman series as a play in a Chicago Theatre.