Time Travel Books

Time Travel and Timeslip books I've reviewed, sorted by time period

A regular feature here at my blog is "Timeslip Tuesday," a day on which I try to review a timeslip, or time travel, book.  I prefer "timeslip," at term more commonly used in the UK, because of its connotations of the slippiness of time (things reverberating across the centuries), whereas "time travel" has a much more solid feel of people moving from one time to another.  So in some of the books I call timeslip stories, there isn't much time travel qua travel at all... However, the title of this page is "time travel books" just because I think more people are familiar with that term.

The books are organized by the time period travelled to.  Within each time period, the books are orderd by reading age, then by date of publication.  I've added information on the age level of the intended audience--mg stands for "middle grade," ie, good for kids 9-12 years old, ya for "young adult," ie teenagers.  Adult, not surprisingly, means it's a book published for adults.  The date of publication is given in parentheses.

Some books first published in the UK were retitled when they were published in the US, or maybe given new titles in later editions--the original title is given first, and the edition I read is the one that gets the link.

I have put stars in front of the books I personally love and recommend most happily.

Please let me know if you see any errors!  And I'm always open to recommendations, especially for non-middle grade books, and for culturally diverse books.  You can contact me at charlotteslibrary@gmail.com

The ancient past (8):
Dinosaur Dream, by Dennis Nolan (1990) picture book

Katy and the Dinosaurs, by James Mayhew (1991) picture book

Charlie and Kiwi, an Evolutionary Adventure, by Peter H. Reynolds (2011) picture book

Terra Tempo: Ice Age Cataclysm, by David Shapiro(2010) elementary/mg graphic novel

Stig of the Dump, by Clive King (1962) mg (travel to Stone Age England; also travel to the present)

11,000 Years Lost, by Peni R. Griffin (2004), mg

Hawksbill Station, by Robert Silverberg (1968), adult

*The Many-Colored Land, by Julian May (1981), adult (but with lots of ya appeal)

Ancient Egypt

Cat in the Mirror, by Mary Stolz (1975) mg

Abracadabra Tut, by Page McBriar (2014) mg

The Long Lost Map, by Pierdomenico Baccalario (2006) mg

Ancient Europe (Pre-Romans/Greeks) (3):

On Etruscan Time, by Tracy Barrett (2005) mg

Helping Hercules, by Francesca Simon (2014) elementary/mg

The Iron Empire, by James Dashner (2014) mg

Romans (1):

The Green Bronze Mirror, by Lynne Ellison  (1966) mg

Running Out of Time, by Elizabeth Levy (1980) mg

The Dark Ages of Europe, ie up to about 1000 A.D. (7): 

Knights of the Kitchen Table, by Jon Scieszka (1991) elementary/mg

The Hill Road, by William Mayne (1968 UK, 1969 US), mg

The Sword of Culann, by Betty Levin (1973) mg

Ravine, by Janet Hickman (2002) mg

The Taker and the Keeper, by Win Coleman and Pat Perrin (2009) mg

 Divide and Conquer (Infinity Ring 2), by Carrie Ryan (2012) mg

*A String in the Harp, by Nancy Bond (1976) mg/ya

Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague De Camp (1939) adult

The European Middle Ages (18):

The Gauntlet, by Ronald Welch (1951) mg

Astercote, by Penelope Lively (1970) mg  (although no-one goes quite all the way back in time, and possibly the echoes of the medieval village are coming forward)

Over the Sea's Edge by Jane Louise Curry (1971) also travel to North America in that time period

In the Keep of Time, by Margaret J. Anderson (1977)

The Trolley to Yesterday, by John Bellairs (1989) (Constantinople, 1453) mg

A Well-Timed Enchantment, by Vivian Vande Velde (1990) mg

The Battle for Duncragglin, by Andrew H. Vanderwal (2009) mg

The Puzzle Ring, by Kate Forsyth (2009) mg

Sent, by Margeret Peterson Haddix (2009) mg

Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke (2012) mg

The Mysterious Manuscript, by Lars Jakobsen (2012) mg graphic novel

The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle, by Gabrielle Kent (2016 in the US); the time travel to the past happens when the main character is a baby, and sets things in motion, but isn't the point of the book.

Crusade in Jeans, by Thea Beckman (1973 in Holland, 1975 in the US) mg/ya

The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis (1992) ya/adult

The Sterkarm Handshake, by Susan Price (1998) ya

Old Magic, by Marianne Curley (2001) ya

Black Powder, by Staton Rabin (2005) ya

Wildwing, by Emily Whitman (2010) ya

My Unfair Godmother, by Janette Rallison (2011) ya

Renaissance Europe (2)

Mutiny in Time, by James Dashner (2012) mg

Saving Juliet, by Suzanne Selfors (2008) ya

Elizabethan/early Stuart British Isles (9):

The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, by Gregory Rogers (2004) picture book 

A Traveller in Time, by Alison Uttley (1939) mg

The Bassumtyte Treasure, by Jane Louise Curry (1975) mg

The Time Tangle, by Frances Eager (1976) mg

Poor Tom's Ghost, by Jane Louise Curry (1977), mg

Webster's Leap, aka Castle Gryffe, by Eileen Dunlop  (1995) mg

The Black Canary, by Jane Louise Curry (2005) mg

Kissing Shakespeare, by Pamela Mingle (2012) ya

In the Garden of Iden, by Kage Baker (1997) adult

Historic Near East

Cave of Wonders (Infinity Ring 4) by Matthew Kirby (2013)

Historic India (1):

The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (2005) mg

Historic China (1):

Along the River, by Adeline Yen Mah (2010)   ya

16th Century Mesoamerica (1)

Curse of the Ancients (Infinity Ring 3), by Matt de la Pena (2013) mg

17th century Europe (4):

Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror, by Geoffrey McSkimming  (2014 Australia)

Children of Winter, by Berlie Doherty (1985) mg/ya

Requiem for a Princess, by Ruth M. Arthur (1976)  ya

The Devil on the Road, by Robert Westall (1978) ya

*1632 by Eric Flint (2000) adult

Late 16th/17th-century USA (6):

Lavendar-Green Magic, by Andre Norton (1974)

Parsley Sage, Rosemary & Time, by Jane Louise Curry (1975) mg

The 13th Floor, by Sid Fleischman (1995) mg

Sabotaged, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2010) mg

Torn, by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2011) mg

Another Whole Nother Story, by Dr. Cuthbert Soup (2011) mg

18th-century USA (2):

George Washington's Socks, by Elvira Woodruff (1991) mg

Look Ahead, Look Back, by Annette Laing (2012) mg/tending YA

18th-century Europe (5):

The Mysterious Girl in the Garden, by Judith St. George (1981)

Gideon the Cutpurse (US title The Time Travelers), by Linda Buckley-Archer (2006) mg

The Time Travelling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette, by Bianca Turetsky (2012) mg

The Crimson Shard, by Teresa Flavin (2011 in the UK, 2012 in the US), mg/younger YA

The Middle Window, by Elizabeth Goudge (1939) adult

19th-century (40)


The Snowstorm, by Beryl Netherclift (1967) mg

Twin Spell, aka Double Spell, by Janet Lunn (1969) mg

*The Court of the Stone Children, by Eleanor Cameron (1973) mg

Come Back, Lucy (American title Mirror of Danger) by Pamela Sykes (1977) mg

Sky Pony, by Elaine Breault Hammond (2010) mg

A Stitch in Time, by Penelope Lively (1976) mg

The Secret of the Ruby Ring, by Yvonne MacGrory (1994) mg

A Different Day, a Different Destiny, by Annette Laing (2009) (also 19th cent. USA) mg

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms, by Lissa Evans (2012) mg

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, by Marissa Moss (2012) mg

The Other Face, by Barbara C. Freeman (1976) ya

Beyond Silence, by Eleanor Cameron (1980) ya

Prada and Prejudice, by Mandy Hubbard (2009)  ya

The River of No Return, by Bee Ridgeway (2013) adult


Playing Beatie Bow, by Ruth Park (1980) ya

The Locket of Dreams, by Belinda Murrell (2009, 2013) mg  (also time travel to 19th cent. Scotland)


Twin Spell, aka Double Spell, by Janet Lunn (1969)


Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln, by Patricia Polacco (2011) picture book

Dayshaun's Gift, by Zetta Elliott (2015)

Time at the Top, by Edward Ormondroyd (1963) mg, and its sequel, All In Good Time (1975)

Mazemaker, by Catherine Dexter (1989) mg

 Friends in Time, by Grace Chatwin (1992) mg

Double Spell, by Janet Lunn (2003, but originally 1971 as Twin Spell) mg

Stonewall Hinckleman and the Battle of Bull Run, by Michael Hemphill & Sam Riddleburger (2009) mg

Freedom Stone, by Jeffrey Kluger (2011) mg

Bridge of Time, by Lewis Buzbee (2012) mg (there's brief time travellings to other periods, but it's mainly set in 1864)

The Fire Chronicle, by John Stephens (2012) mg

*The Wells Bequest, by Polly Shulman (2013) mg

The Trap Door (Infinity Ring Book 3), by Lisa McMann (2013) mg

Turning on a Dime, by Maggie Dana (2014) mg

The Book That Proves Time Travel Happens, by Henry Clark (2015) mg

Flashback Four: the Lincoln Project, by Dan Gutman (2016) mg

Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun, by Arvella Whitmore (1999) mg/ya

The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman (2011) mg/ya

Little Women and Me, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (2011) mg/ya

Silent Echoes, by Carla Jablonski (2007) ya
Tennyson, by Leslie Blume (2008) ya

A Wish After Midnight, by Zetta Elliott (2009) ya

Always a Witch, by Carolyn MacCullough  (2011) ya

The Queen Must Die, by K.A.S. Quinn (2010) ya

Kindred, by Octavia Butler  (1979) adult

Late 19th/early 20th century Europe and North America (13):

The Secret Box, by Barbara Lehman (2011) picture book

Fog Magic, by Julia L. Sauer (1943) mg

*Caterpillar Hall, by Anne Barrett (1950) mg

Tom's Midnight Garden, by Phillipa Pearce (1958) mg

Jessamy, by Barbara Sleigh (1967) mg

House in the Wood (US title A Sound of Crying), by Rodie Sudbery (1968 UK, 1970 US) mg

*The Ghosts (retitled The Amazing Mr. Blunden in 1972), by Antonia Barber (1969) mg

In a Blue Velvet Dress, by Catherine Sefton (1973) mg

Romansgrove, by  Mable Esther Allan (1975) mg

*A Flute in Mayferry Street, (US title The House on Mayferry Street) by Eileen Dunlop (1976)  mg

Can I Get There by Candlelight? by Jean Slaughter Doty (1980) mg

The Doll in the Garden, by Mary Downing Hahn (1989) mg

Stonewords, by Pam Conrad (1991) mg

One Way or Another, by Annette Laing (2016) mg (Georgia and London)

"Young Woman in a Garden" by Delia Sherman (2014) adult

The Titanic (2)

The Time-Travelling Fashionista, by Bianca Turetsky (2011) mg

Ghost of the Titanic, by Julie Lawson (2011/2012) mg

World War I (4):

*Charlotte Sometimes, by Penelope Farmer (1969) mg

Day of the Assassins, by Johnny O'Brien (2009) upper mg/YA

The Jewel and the Key, by Louise Spiegler (2011) YA

 Crow Country, by Kate Constable (2012) YA -- just after WW I in Australia

World War II (17): 

Crocuses Were Over, Hitler Was Dead (Now and Then in the UK), by Geraldine Symons (1977) mg

The Devil's Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen (1988) mg

 Johnny and the Bomb, by Terry Pratchett (1996) mg

At the Firefly Gate, by Linda Newbery (2004)  mg

Don't Know Where, Don't Know When, by Annette Laing (2007)  mg (also a bit of WW I)

Ghost of Heroes Past, by Charles Read (2010) mg (also a bit of WW I)

Behind Enemy Lines (Infinity Ring 6), by Jennifer A. Nielsen (2013)

Haunters, by Thomas Taylor (2013) mg/ya

Time to Go Back, by Mabel Esther Allan (1972) ya

London Calling, by Edward Bloor (2006) ya

The Clearing, by Heather Davis (2010) ya

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs (2011) ya

Dark Mirror, by M.J. Putney (2010) ya

Dark Passage, by M.J. Putney (2011) ya

*"Fire Watch", by Connie Willis (1982) adult

Blackout, by Connie Willis (2010) adult

All Clear, by Connie Willis (2010) adult

20th-Century Europe (9):

The Children Next Door, by Jean Ure (1994)
Beswitched, by Kate Saunders (2010) mg

Tilly's Moonlight Garden (UK Title: Tilly's Moonlight Fox), by Julia Green (2012)  mg

North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler (2013) mg

Back to Blackbrick, by Sarah Moorse (2013) mg/ya

The Truth Against the World, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (2014) mg/ya

Changing Times, by Tim Kennemore (1984) ya

Frannie in Pieces, by Delia Ephron (2007) ya

Still She Wished For Company, by Margaret Irwin (1924) ya/adult (although it also has a bit of time travel back to the late 18th century)

20th-Century North America (19):

The Backwards Watch, by Eric Houghton (1991) picture book

Harlem Renaissance Party, by Faith Ringold (2015) picture book

The Girl Who Slipped Through Time, by Paula Hendrich (1978) mg

The People in Pineapple Place, by Anne Lindbergh  (1982)

Building Blocks, by Cynthia Voight (1984)

Time Windows, by Kathryn Reiss (1991)

Dreamer, Wisher, Liar, by Clarise Mericle Harper (2014)

The Magic Half, by Annie Barrows (2008) mg

On the Blue Comet, 1920s to 1940s, by Rosemary Wells (2010), mg

Roberto and Me, mostly 1969, but also the future, by Dan Gutman (2010) mg 

Saving Lucas Biggs, 1938, by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague (2014) mg

Seven Stories Up, 1937, by Laurel Snyder (2014) mg

Backtracked, by Pedro de Alcantara (2009) ya

Small Eternities, by Michael Laurence (2004) ya

TimeRiders, by Alex Scarrow (2010) mg/ya

Timeless, 1910, 1920s, 1940s, by Alexandra Monir, (2011), ya

Wishful Thinking, by Alexandra Bullen (2011) ya

Yesterday, by C.K. Kelly Martin (2012) ya

Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick (2013) ya

Until We Meet Again, by Renee Collins (2016) ya

A variety of time periods (45):

The Magic Mirror, by Zetta Elliott (2014) elementary

*The Story of the Amulet, by E. Nesbit (1906) mg

The House of Arden, by E. Nesbit (1908)  mg

Harding's Luck, by E. Nesbit (1909) mg

Sun Slower, Sun Faster, by Meriol Trevor (1955) mg

*The Time Garden, by Edward Eager (1958) mg

The Ship That Flew, by Hilda Lewis (1958) mg 

Time Cat, by Lloyd Alexander (1963) mg

Dragon Magic, by Andre Norton (1972) mg

The Driftway, by Penelope Lively (1972) mg

The Stones of Green Knowe, by L.M. Boston (1976) mg 

A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeline L'Engle (1978) mg

The Time Bike, by Jane Langton (2000) mg

The Book of Time, by Guillaume Prevost (2007) mg

Johnny Mackintosh and the Spirit of London (2008) mg (the Late Cretaceous, Atlantis, and tiny bit before the actual present)

Any Which Wall, by Laurel Snyder (2009) mg  (5th century Britain, 18th and 19th century America)

A Walk Through a Window, by kc dyer (2009) mg (aspects of Canadian history)

Facing Fire, by kc dyer (2010) mg (aspects of Canadian history)

The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone (2010) mg

Timecatcher, by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (2010) mg

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease (2011) mg

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time, by Frank Cottrell Boyce (2013 in the US) mg

Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp, by Nathan Bransford (2013) younger mg

The Inventor's Secret, by Chad Morris (2013) mg (primarily the Titanic)

The Alchemist War, by John Seven (2013) mg  (primarily 17th century Prague)

The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand, and its sequel, The Sword in the Stacks, by Jennifer Swann Downey (2014, 2016)

The Shadow Lantern, by Teresa Flavin (2014) mg

Magic in the Mix, by Annie Barrows (2014) mg (primarily the Civil War)

The Time of the Fireflies, by Kimberley Griffiths Little (19th and 20th cent. US)

In Due Time (Books 1-3) by Nicholas O. Time (2016) (20th century, ancient Egypt, travel from past to present) mg

Tomorrow's Guardian, by Richard Denning (2010) mg/ya

The History Keepers:  The Storm Begins, by Damian Dibben (2011) mg/ya

Time Snatchers, by Richard Ungar (2012), and its sequel, Time Trapped (2013) mg/ya

Blood Secret, by Kathryn Lasky (2006) ya (persecution of Jews from 1391 Spain to colonial Mexico) 

Once a Witch, by Carolyn MacCullough (2009) ya

Hourglass (2011), Infinityglass (2013), by Myra McEntire (2013) ya (the 2nd book is Timwpiece, 2012)

Ruby Red (2011), and Sapphire Blue (2012), by Kerstin Gier, ya

Amber House (2012) by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed, ya

The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman (2012) ya

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, by MG Buehrlen (2014) ya

The Devil's Intern (2014) , and The Devil's Dreamcatcher (2015) by Donna Hosie, ya

Earth and Sky, by Megan Crewe (2014) ya

Loop, by Karen Akins (2014) ya

Traveling from the past to the present of the book or its characters (more or less) (19):

Dino-Mike and the T-Rex Attack (2015) elementary

Black Hunting Whip, by Monica Edwards (1950) mg

A Game of Catch, by Helen Cresswell (1969) mg

Catweazle, by Richard Carpenter (1970) mg

Up the Pier, by Helen Cresswell (1971) mg

The House in Norham Gardens, by Penelope Lively (1974) mg

Wild Robert, by Diana Wynne Jones (1989) mg

Three Lives to Live, by Anne Lindberg (1992) mg

Archer's Quest, by Linda Sue Park (2006) mg

Crashing the Party, by Perdita Finn (2007)

Frozen in Time, by Ali Sparks (2009) mg

*The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker (2009) mg

The Prince of Fenway Park, by Julianna Baggott (2009) mg

Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! by Matthew McElligott and Larrry Tuxbury (2010) mg

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, by Rhonda Hayter (2010) mg

The Dead Gentleman, by Matthew Cody (2011) mg 

Once Was a Time, by Leila Sales (2016)

Dot to Dot, by Kit Bakke (2011), mg/ya

Time Piper, by Delia Huddy (1979) ya

Warped, by Maurissa Guibord (2011) ya

Time Travel From the Future to the book's Present (6)

School for Sidekicks, by Kelly McCullough (2015)

The Long Wait for Tomorrow, by Joaquin Dorfman (2009) ya

The Future of Us, by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (2011) ya

Time Between Us, by Tamara Ireland Stone (2012) ya

Yesterday, by C.K. Kelly Martin (2012) ya

After Eden, by Helen Douglas (2013) ya

The Here and Now, by Ann Brashares (2014) ya

No True Echo, by Gareth P. Jones (2015 in the US) ya

Time traveling to different presents/reliving the same present more or less/reliving bits of ones own recent past life/time travel to the near future (16):

The Old Powder Line, by Richard Parker (1971) mg

The Power of Un, by Nancy Etchemendy  (2002) mg

Counterclockwise, by Jason Cockcroft (2009mg

11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass (2009) mg

Justin Thyme, by Panema Oxridge (2011) mg

A Year Without Autumn, by Liz Kessler (2011) mg

Odessa Again, by Dana Reinhardt (2013) mg

Wish You Weren't, by Sherrie Petersen (2014) mg

The First Last Day, by Dorian Cirrone (2016) mg

Secrets of Valhalla, by Jasmine Richards (2016) mg

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, by Yasutaka Tsutsui (1967, 2011 English translation) ya

Alice in Time, by Penelope Bush (2011) ya

Tempest, by Julie Cross (2012) ya

All Our Yesterdays, by Cristin Terrill (2013) ya

The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma (2015) ya

23 Minutes, by Vivian Vande Velde (2016) ya

The Girl From Everywhere, by Heidi Heilig  (2016) ya

The Book of Tomorrow, by Ceceila Ahern (2011) adult

Time Travel to the future

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot, by Dav Pilkey (2015) not quite mg

Time Travel to the very recent past (1):

Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, by Dav Pilkey (2012) not quite mg

Not set on Earth/set in fantasy/sci fi version of Earth (20): 

A Tale of Time City, by Diana Wynne Jones (1987) mg

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, by Dav Pilkey (2010) not quite mg

Ancient Fire, by Mark London Williams (2001) mg

Kendra Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah, by Lee Edward Fodi (2011) mg

Smasher, by Scott Bly (2014) mg

Maddigan's Fantasia, by Margaret Mahy (2007) mg/ya

The Navel of the World, by P.J. Hoover (2009) mg/ya

The Timekeeper's Moon, by Joni Sensel (2010) mg/ya

*The Only Ones, by Aaron Starmer (2011) mg/ya

The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove (2014) mg/ya

Singing the Dogstar Blues, by Alison Goodman (1998) ya

When the King Comes Home, by Caroline Stevermer (2000) ya  

The Tomorrow Code, by Brian Faulkner (2008) ya

Pathfinder, by Orson Scott Card (2010) ya

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (2011) ya

Growing Disenchantments, by K.D. Berry (2012) ya

Echo, by Alicia Wright Brewster (2013)

*The Keeper of the Mist, by Rachel Neumeier (2016)

Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey (1968) adult

*Three Stories from The Wind's Twelve Quarters, by Ursula Le Guin (1975) adult

*"Another Story," by Ursula Le Guin (1994) adult

*Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett (2002) adult

Time Travel to sci fi futures

(Cleopatra in Space (2014),  The Thief and the Sword (2015), Secret of the Time Tablets (2016)  by Mike Maihack, mg graphic novel

No Time Like Tomorrow, by Ted White (1969) mg/ya


The Time Traveller's Handbook, by Wylie, Acton, and Goldblatt (2016)

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