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Terrific Tales of Traveling Through Time

Yesterday was Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day! The idea of visiting the past to see what it was like or getting a peek at the future has long held appeal for readers, as is evidenced by the many beloved books on the subject. Let’s ring up H. G. Wells and ask to borrow his Time Machine so we can go back 24 hours to celebrate with some of our favorite literary time travelers!

Ever since Jack and Annie discovered that their old tree house had the ability to take them back in time, they’ve been encountering all kinds of adventures. In Magic Tree House: #46: Dogs in the Dead of Night, Merlin the magician sends Jack and Annie on a mission to find a rare flower. They’re whisked back in time to a monastery in the Swiss Alps, where they meet a St. Bernard named Barry who helps rescue them from a deadly avalanche!

In the Infinity Ring series, friends Dak, Sera, and Riq find the titular device and are swept up in a centuries-long conflict, with the fate of humankind in the balance! The world isn’t quite what it’s supposed to be, so they’ve got to make like Marty McFly and go back to fix the past in order to save the future. In Cave of Wonders, they’re tasked with saving the greatest library the world has ever known from being destroyed.

Sometimes it doesn’t take a mystical artifact to go back in time—it just requires a bit of science! In the graphic novel Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!, super-genius Mal invents a time-traveling elevator that sends him and his trusty sidekick pooch back to search for dinosaurs. If they’re not careful, they’re going to be really late for dinner!

Aside from exposing you to the thrilling adventures of time-traveling heroes, reading is also a great way to visit the past yourself! The I Survived series takes readers back and helps them imagine what it was like to experience some of the worst catastrophes in history, including the sinking of the Titanic, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and Hurricane Katrina. And nonfiction like the Who Was… and What Was… series take a closer look at some of the pivotal people and events that have shaped the world we live in today.

Next time you want to see what life was like on the prairie (howdy, Laura Ingalls Wilder), or how our nation’s government might evolve in the not-too-distant future (may the odds be ever in your favor, Katniss), just reach for your bookshelf—and let your imagination be your traveling companion.

To experience a bit of vicarious time travel, check out the Magic Tree House series and other titles available now from Scholastic Reading Club!

 

 

Bio about Author: Sean is a managing copywriter for the Scholastic Reading Club print catalogs. An all-around entertainment junkie, Sean also DJs in his spare time.

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