When I first opened the book, I thought the book will be no different than the other books Although I found the book title and summary quiet interesting. When I began to read it, I thought that the story had good and interesting paragraphs that made me want to continue reading. Then, I realized that the author was using quite a few dialogues between the characters in the story which was paused me from reading on and finding out what happened next. I would recommend this book to ages twelve through fourteen. Also I think the author had a great usage of words because the words she choose made her sentences more interesting and strong. I am guessing the typical and hard words she picked would’ve made the her readers feel like looking up them in the dictionary to see what the words mean. Overall, I would rate this book 8 stars out of 10.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. Which day did the whole time-travel adventure began?
2. Why are the science fair projects a big deal in Leo’s family?
2a. Because his dad is the chief technology officer, his mom is cognitive neuroscientist, his brother is a physics major at MIT, and his sister is interning Franklin Morse Hospital’s immuno-oncology lab.
3.Who are Dimitri and Sofia in this story?
3a. They are Leo’s brother and sister.
4. Who appeared on the time machine?
4a. They were mini version of the future Leo and a girl.
5. Why was Sofia staying back?
5a. To discuss something with Leo.
Ignominious (pg. 5)
Arabidopsis (pg. 7)
Drosophila (pg. 19 )
Automaton (pg. 27)
Zither (pg. 39)
6. What is the time machine’s name?
7. On what date did Auntie Shanti travel back to by accident?
8. Who won the fight?
9. Who did Jaya turn out to be later in the story?
9a. The girl who showed up on the time machine as a mini version with the future Leo to warn the present Leo about something that will happen in the future.
10. What is a death ray?
10a. A death ray is a electromagnetic weapon, that was invented in the 1920s.
Projectivized (pg. 95 )
Marmalade (pg. 107 )
Deconstructs (pg. 117 )
Repository (pg. 127 )
Dormers (pg. 129 )
11. Who were Twain and Tesla?
11a. They both were twins from the past.
12. Why did Twain think Madame Langtry was a crooked grandmother?
12a. Because she looked short, with white hair, and was crooked.
13. Who was Mr. Smith?
13a. He is Simon’s social studies, who helped him understand what and how time machines worked.
14. According to the book, what is a serbo-croatian?
14a. Its the nickname of the oldest time machine that was invented in 1995.
15. What happened in the end?
15a. Jaya returns to the future, Simon goes back to the past, and Abigail goes with Leo to the present.
Telelectroscope (pg. 209 )
Nagging (pg. 215)
Infinitesimal (pg. 202)
Unscrutinized (pg. 201)
Stilts (pg. 177)