August 27, 2019

#BookReview: A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity by @nicoleva @CarolrhodaLab

Synopsis: He believes in science, but only magic can help his mom.

Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. 

His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. 

A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. 

Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books--and to his best friend, Gabi--to ward off his sadness.

 But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. 

Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. 

But to succeed, he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.

This title will be released on October 1, 2019.

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About the Author: Nicole Valentine writes books about the crossroads in our world where science and magic meet. She writes for middle grade and young adult readers and reads absolutely everything. You are as likely to find her curled up on the sofa reading a biography about Richard Feynman or Carl Sagan, as reading a book by Alice Hoffman or Kate DiCamillo. 

Nicole earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. In her prior timeline as a technologist, she managed web development at and went on to launch as well as various other start-ups. She was the Chief Technology Officer of, a website for teens interested in reading and writing young adult fiction, which was sold to Random House in 2013. Outside of fictional world-building, you can find her walking around with a hawk on her arm or wrangling two giant dogs named Merlin and Arthur. She resides outside of Philadelphia with her family.
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: 
This is another one that you shouldn't judge the story by the cover.  I really didn't care for this cover at all but the story was really good.  Although the time traveling aspects of this one were pretty simple.  I still felt my head trying to wrap around it.  I really enjoyed this one and how the author decided to work the time travel part of the story.  It reminded me of that old Charmed show that my mom got me addicted to (even if the graphic were horrible back then) as well as Outlander.

The story had a lot of twists and turns and it really worked out for this one.  I didn't have any issues reading it and I think that kids 8-14 would really enjoy it.  Especially if they love easy to understand mechanics and fantasy.

"Finn discovers his family harbors gifted time travelers whose mission, despite their best efforts, keeps ending in failure. Finn's birthdays―he's nearly 13―are haunted by the loss of his twin sister, Faith, in the Dorset, Vermont, marble quarry at age 3. Now his mother's disappeared. Finding her possessions intact at Gran's, Finn seeks answers. A quantum physics enthusiast, he's read about time-travel and multiple-universe theories, but what Gran has to tell him is incredible: The women in her family Travel through time, though only she and his mom Travel to the future as well as the past. Fearing his mom's lost in time, Gran says Finn must Travel to find her. Because he's male, he'll need the portal created for him in a tree on Dorset Peak. A dangerous, twisty trek through past, present, and future ensues. As versions of his relatives proliferate, their accounts conflicting, Finn increasingly relies on his stalwart friend Gabi. (Gabi and her mom are of Puerto Rican heritage; other characters are presumed white.) Structured like a series opener, the novel ends abruptly, important questions sketchily answered or left unaddressed. If failure to tackle and resolve time travel's thorny plotting challenges disappoints genre aficionados, the vivid setting and appealing characters―Finn and his quirky relatives especially―offer plenty to satisfy readers less invested in the category. This soft-science-fiction debut will resonate with Madeleine L'Engle fans."―Kirkus Reviews

"This novel will stretch your both your brain and your heart at the same time. Find the thread and jump in. You’ll be so glad that you did."―Kathi Appelt, author of Angel Thieves and 2013 National Book Award Finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
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"I can't get enough of all the potential ramifications of A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity! Nicole Valentine has taken two knotty subjects and woven them together in an excellent adventure that pulls at the heart as much as the mind. Finn and all his complex family (families?!) have so many stories to tell, and I'm wishing them well on their adventures!"―Fran Wilde, award-winning author of The Bone Universe series and Riverland
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"This is an incredible book, no matter which time universe you're in. I couldn't put it down. One of my favorite debut novels of the year."―Erin Entrada Kelly, New York Times bestselling author and 2018 Newbery Medal winner
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