I am always on the look out for Time Travel books, and so I am planning on reading Chronal Engine, by Greg Leitich Smith, coming out March 20, 2012 from Clarion Books (ages 10 and up, 192 pages). It sounds like a fast, fun read--"kids sent to reclusive relative" and "day to day survival in challenging environment" both being things I like to read about! I've also had good luck with characters named Petra.
"When Max, Kyle, and Emma are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather, they think he’s crazy, especially when he tells them about his time machine. But after Emma is kidnapped at the exact time that her grandfather predicted, Max and Kyle are forced to believe his eccentric stories—even the one about the Chronal Engine in the basement.
Now, to save Emma, Max, Kyle, and their new friend Petra must pile into a VW Bug, and use the Chronal Engine to take the road trip of a lifetime—right back to the Cretaceous period. With dangers all around, the teens find themselves dodging car-crushing herbivores in addition to the terrifying T. rex. In this ancient environment, can three contemporary teens hunt down a kidnapper, forage for food, and survive long enough to return home?"
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.