Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Back to the Future Opens: Books with Time Travel

On this day in 1985, Back to the Future opened across the country. To celebrate, we give you a list of books about time travel.


Ruby Red y Kerstin Gier, translated from the German by Anthea Bell. The women in Gwen's family are time-travelers, but it skips some people, including Gwen. It's her cousin Charlotte who's been training, so imagine Gwen's surprise when she's the one yanked into the past. The third book in this very popular series, Emerald Green comes out in October.

The Time-Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetsky. Louise loves fashion, but an invitation to a vintage sale changes everything. There she discovers that if she slips on the right dress, she'll be transported through time, and the dress she chose lands her on board the Titanic. The first in a series, follow it with The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. Andi blames herself for her brother's death--the event that caused her family to disintegrate. When he discovers she's going to fail out of school, Andi's father comes back from Paris to collect her and to check her mother into a psych ward. In Paris, her father is researching a heart that may have belonged to Louis-Charles, a prince killed in the Revolution who happens to have Andi's brother's eyes. When Andi finds the diary of a street performer and friend of the murdered prince, she gets caught up in the horrors of the revolution and when the storylines merge... well, there's a reason why it's on this list.


Erasing Time by C. J. Hill. Sheridan and Taylor are twins who find themselves 400 years in the future--and it's a grim place. Not only are they trapped there, but they must stop the future government from developing their most dangerous weapons.

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen. This is the book that still makes me a little wary to open the door every Passover to see if Elijah's coming. For when Hannah does it, she's no longer in New Rochelle, surrounded by relatives who do nothing but remember, she finds herself in a Polish village in the 1940s, the only one who understands what's happening and how much worse it's about to get.

Plague in the Mirror by Deborah Noyes. While spending the summer in Florence, May encounters someone else in her reflection--Cristofana. The girls look identical, but Cristofana is from 1348 and wants to trade places with May. 1348 offers her love, but the Black Death rages.


Tempest by Julie Cross. Jackson is a time-traveler, which is nerdy fun until the Enemies of Time show up and kill his girlfriend. He travels back in time, only he can't jump back to the present, but can he save Holly from here? And what happens when the Enemies keep showing up? Follow it with Vortex.

A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont. Ok, it's not exactly time-travel, as Emma is falling into a novel, but it is a realistic fiction novel from the past, so... Emma is very lonely at her boarding school, still grieving the death of her mother. She finds comfort in Jane Eyre, understanding Jane's loneliness, until she finds herself catapulted back in time, into the novel, and into Jane's body. Follow it with A Touch of Scarlet.

The Jewel and the Key by Louise Spiegler. When there's an earthquake, Addie discovers a mirror and is transported to 1917. There, she discovers a theater that offers her a job, so Addie soon finds herself going back and forth between the present and the past and finds that her two lives follow strangely similar paths.

There are many more time travel books out there. Which ones are your favorites?

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