9/3/13

Identification help needed for two time travel books

This week's Timeslip Tuesday will go up shortly, but before that, your help is needed!

From time to time, I get requests from readers for help identifying time travel books.   Some I know, some I don't, and here are two of the later; let me know if you recognize them!

First one:  "When I was younger I read a book about a guy who time travels back to the time of the Battle of Naseby- (Roundheads and Cavaliers). Unfortunately I can't remember the title or Author! I know he was a motor- biker and he falls in love with a woman from the period he goes back to, but that is about all I can remember."

Second one:  "I do not know the title or the author, though I do know I was reading it before high school, which means it was published pre-1995, and since it was about time travel to the Revolutionary War, it was probably published sometime after 1783. Trade paperback pushes that date to sometime after 1950, though it might have been a reprint. It's probably a 9-12 year old reading level, though I am not sure.

The story is about a girl and her brother who find a watch buried on a hill, and when they wind the watch, it transports them back to the Revolutionary War. While they are attempting to return to their original time period, they end up being rescued and staying in the house of an (woman) clam digger, as they are hiding from Hessians."


11 comments:

  1. I don't know these, but "probably published sometime after 1783" is hilarious.

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  2. I don't know these but I can help out by sharing this on twitter.

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  3. The first one sounds like 'The Devil on the Road' by Robert Westall.

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    1. YES! That was it, and the reader who asked is very happy and sends lots of thanks.

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  4. I can't help with these BUT I just want to say that I only recently discovered that the poor Hessians were not mercenaries in exactly the way I always used to think they were. THEY were not being paid, GERMANY was being paid and sending these poor dudes over to fight in America even though they didn't want to. Poor old Hessians. Shipped off to foreign climes and then loathed in American history classes for two hundred years.

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    1. We have a Bloody Brook and a Hessian's Hole hereabouts, but mostly (before some of them ended up in the Hole, dead) they had a reasonably good time hanging out with the Tories in Newport and doing light pillaging....

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    2. Just think, if we'd been fighting against soldiers who really believed in the cause, things could have gone quite differently.

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  5. Ages later, and typing in just the right search string (yay, Google!), I came across someone who had asked the same question, and gotten an answer! And...I found the book I'd asked about in the second description. It's "Trapped in Time" by Ruth Chew. The funny thing is that now that I've found it, and it isn't driving me bonkers anymore, I'm not sure I'm going to read it again.

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