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New Kid Catastrophes (TJ and the Time Stumblers Book 1) by [Myers, Bill]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in TJ and the Time Stumblers (6 Book Series)
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From the Back Cover

TJ Finkelstein is your average seventh grader trying to survive junior high. Average except for . . .

Just moving from the Midwest to crazy, money-is-no-object Malibu, California
Becoming mortal enemies with the school's most popular girl, who stars on the Dizzy Channel
Oh yeah, and being followed around by two goofball boys from the 23rd century!!!

That's right--Herby and Tuna have traveled back in time to study TJ for a class project. Unfortunately, she is the only one who can see them. And unfortunatelier (don't try that word on your English teacher), their "help," which involves using whacked-out 23rd-century gadgets, only leads to more mayhem and plenty of side-splitting laughter.

Join this unlikely trio as they stumble into one hilarious catastrophe after another . . . while accidentally learning the importance of such core values as love, honesty, patience, and kindness.

About the Author

Bill Myers (www.Billmyers.com) is a bestselling author and award-winning writer/director whose work has won sixty national and international awards. His books and videos have sold eight million copies and include The Seeing, Eli, The Voice, My Life as, Forbidden Doors, and McGee and Me.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1459 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Kids (25 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008G4T328
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #978,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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hi im andrew im five and i not like this book becase it not very funy. i no a lotof peple like this but i dont thik the storey makes sense. my teecher mrs cole red this to my class and only too peple enjoid it.

sorry if my speling isnt good i am only yung and a lot of peeple make fun of me for it.

the book is about time stumblers and a lonly girl called tj. she cums across too peple from the twentythird senturee who have crashd there ship and need fuel badley but the onlyfuel is not made yet and all sorts of wakky stuf goes on.

i gove this book 5 out of 10 becuz alltho it is funee in sum plases it is confuzing and not very fun. thankyou for reeding.
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This book is better than I thought. I read it and it was a very descriptive book as it really brings at the thought of it. Fantastic book.
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I really enjoyed reading this book it was funny and creative I do would tell everyone about this time stumbling book
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It is about three kids who are stumbles and they are perfect and are stumbles for the good guys good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fyl's Thoughts of TJ and the Time Stumblers 10 Oct. 2011
By Fylvia Fowler Kline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Writing fiction for kids cannot be easy. Interests, expressions, language, technology and everything else about each age group changes quicker than one can write a book. With that recognition, I don't mean to be overly critical of this book.

First, all the stuff about it that I think kids would like:

The plot is centered around time travel-Now what chid-or adult-doesn't like time travel, right? Myers is very visual in his narrative and truly transports the reader on a journey.
The style of writing could be very appealing to young readers. It is a mixture of prose and comic book dialog without the pictures. But that's the beauty of Myers' style-His words have the ability of conjuring up the needed pictures and motions in the reader's mind.
The character are well developed.
The story is about good living without breathing down Christian morality or guilt trips.
Now, for the other stuff-All the points mentioned above are in reference to a much younger reader than the reader Tyndale or Myers had in mind. This book is being marketed as juvenile fiction for adolescent readers. I can't imagine what made them think this would appeal to that group of readers!

The characters are in junior high-seventh and eight graders. But I don't see the language or the story appealing to this group of readers. Having worked with children and curriculum, Kindergarten through high school, I just don't think a seventh-grader would identify himself with the character or have an interest reading the book.

I think the book would appeal more to a 3rd or 4th grader.

(I received this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Torn 17 July 2013
By i blog 4 books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been a bit torn about this book since finishing it. The book was funny but a little all over the place. I read that the author was also the writer for the Magee and Me video series ... the book reads a lot like one of those old videos. There was a decent amount of "cheese" factor, but I could look past a lot of it because the story was cute.

My main "issue" is that I'm not really sure who the target audience for this series is. The main characters are in middle school and some of the issues (crushes on boys, dealing with the death of a parent, etc.) seemed geared more for middle schoolers. However, the book is really written in a style that seems more appropriate for younger elementary ages (1st-4th graders). I'm just not sure who will read this book and love it.

Overall, a cute story. It would be worth giving it a shot with your kids if they enjoy funny, outlandish stories.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and Imaginative 29 May 2011
By LadyD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bill Myers is the author of New Kid Catastrophes (6 books series) where the plot in TJ and the Time Stumblers is filled with adventure and imagination. The story begins with TJ (7th grader) and her family moving from Missouri to California. The plot unfolds on the playground introducing bullying characters, blunders at school, along with an infatuation and days filled with trying to survive Junior High.

Silliness is woven through the book along with two time traveling boys who provide the catalyst in the story by introducing gadgets of the future for helping the main character. I especially love the kid's names, like Tuna and Herby. The change in the size of Font to express emotion is a new concept to me and I must confess, reading along seemed a bit confusing at times but I am sure pre-teens will "get it."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book with a challenge 29 May 2011
By Mikey R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
TJ and the Time Tumblers is worth the recommendation as it was morally solid (with a slightly dark side) and entertaining to read. I absolutely love young adventure with doses of imagination.

It had action, silliness, romance, and crazy inventions. It also reminded me an awful lot of the Disney show Phil of the Future and T.J.'s surfer friends; Tuna & Herbie reminded me Bill & Ted (from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure). This book is slightly sci-fi but not overly so. There is time travel involved as the name suggests but it is not a huge component to the story.

TJ along with her sisters and father have moved from Missouri to California. Their home antics are pretty silly but the real treat is when TJ begins school as the "new kid". The boy she has a crush on thinks she has a mental disability (all she can say around him is, "uh..um...er..."), the prissy actress sets her spiteful eyes on her with evil results, and to top all of that, two boys from the future go back in time to study her because she will become someone very powerful when she grows up. The book moved along great had fun dialogue and colloquialisms fun for young readers and even gave me a couple of smile-out-loud moments. Nothing where the kids and I were lauging out loud though or rolling on the floor with sheer delight.Their slapstick action was equally zany, to the point of silliness.

On another note:

It was definitely "of this world", we were surprisingly treated to one girl calling another a witch, a student referring to one teacher as dumb and another as ugly, and character last names such as "Suchasnob," "Simpletwerp," and "Claudlooper." We even read that poor Doug Claudlooper wears "Goodwill rejects." I was a little shocked that a Christian author would have his characters describe each other this way. I know my children will be exposed to these attitudes and judgments in the "outside" world, however there are 3 instances in this book where TJ, the main character, is challenged to look beyond the superficial, to not show favoritism, and to love her neighbor which is a very good thing ~ challenging children to understand that kid's in this age range can be mean and cruel at times & that sometimes you have to look beyond what is on the surface and try to accept people for who they really are regardless of where they come from. Sometimes it is hard for kids to be unbiased and not to be judgmental, but this book provides that challenge.

In the end, Bill Myers is a great writer. He is very entertaining and engages this age group very effectively. He uses different sizes of fonts to express emotions and volumes of the speakers. I really liked this aspect to the book. I think it is perfect for children who don't really like to read. This book will get them hooked ~ just try to be sure to engage your children in conversation about the way others are treated and how it can effect others and themselves, why it is wrong to be judgmental, and how to cope with the situations themselves if they ever find themselves in it.

In the spirit of full-disclosure, WaterBrook Press has provided a copy for me to read and review. No payment was given and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very secular, with subtle Christian message 20 May 2011
By oma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
TJ and the Time Stumblers, by Bill Myers, is Book One in the "New Kid Catastrophes" 6-book series. Written to engage tweens, it offers wacky characters, goofy action sequences, and every kind of silliness to an extreme. While those things might be perfect for the 8-12 crew, there are a few elements of concern in this book (and likely the series).

First off, I am surprised to see a Christian author including a boyfriend-girlfriend duo in a book about 7th graders (that's 12 year olds!), not to mention regular focus on the main character's interest in her neighbor boy.

As if that weren't "of this world" enough, we're treated to one girl calling another a witch, a student referring to one teacher as dumb and another as ugly, and character last names such as "Suchasnob," "Simpletwerp," and "Claudlooper." We even read that poor Doug Claudlooper wears "Goodwill rejects." I am shocked that a Christian author would have his characters describe each other thus. I know our children will be exposed to these attitudes and judgments in the "outside" world, but they are not condoned in our family. We will not be bringing books into our home that reinforce those mentalities, Christian author or not.

Admittedly, there are 3 instances in this book where TJ, the main character, is challenged to look beyond the superficial, to not show favoritism, and to love her neighbor. But these fleeting moments are not remarkable enough to counteract the general tone of the book. Nor was it actually apparent that TJ had undergone a true change of heart by the end of the book.

I received this book free from Tyndale House for the purpose of providing my honest review.
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