TJ and the Time Stumblers, Book 1 New Kid Catastrophes by Bill Myers

TJ and the Time Stumblers, Book 1 New Kid Catastrophes by Bill Myers

  • Spirituality - Moderate
  • Romance - Some
  • Violence - Some

Changing schools in middle school or junior high can be scary, when 13-year-old TJ Finkelstein transfers from Missouri to Malibu Junior High, everything that can go wrong, does. As two teenage time travelers, Herby and Tuna, try to intervene, TJ immediately alienates the most popular girl in the school, movie star, Hesper Breakaheart, while resisting the friendship of the class geek. Her attraction to the class smoot also gets her into one mess after another. And her time traveling guardians, Herby and Tuna’s continual bungling—accidentally changing people into weird objects and animals—goes from complicated to outrageous, placing TJ into a hole she may never escape.

Bill Myers uses slapstick humor, hyperbole and two teenage time travelers to help TJ through the transition and she learns a lesson about favoritism along the way. Although primarily aimed at middle school girls this book’s nonstop action and humor should also appeal to boys, although some readers might prefer more serious tension and personal point of view.

Age Range: 8 and up

Genre: Science Fiction, Humor

Tyndale House 2011

Series: T. J. And the Time Stumblers, 6 Titles in the series (this is the only one I’ve read)

Available: Amazon,  Also ask for this book at your local library

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