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by Amy Borton-Almaqdady

eBook The Calgregors: An Adventure Through Time download ISBN: 1432776932
Author: Amy Borton-Almaqdady
Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 21, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 112
ePub: 1814 kb
Fb2: 1957 kb
Rating: 4.7
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Fantasy

by Amy Borton-Almaqdady.

by Amy Borton-Almaqdady. Aedan, Alistair, and Colin are three brothers who go to school, love their parents, and fight good-naturedly among themselves a little, as all kids do. But the brothers arent like all kids?Othey live in a restored medieval castle, on a vast piece of property.

Set in 1939, just prior to the onset of WWII, NICK OF TIME is an excellent tween adventure novel, which can (and should) be enjoyed by all ages. While reading this book, I had this image in my mind of my husband and his two younger brothers as young kids, reading this book aloud to each other, late at night, heads under the covers, with flashlight in hand. It is THAT kind of story, full of mystery and suspense; something that young boys would miss bedtime and risk punishment to keep reading.

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A Journey Through Time (German: Eine Reise durch die Zeit) is a book written by . Tannhaus some time betweeen 1953 and 1986, published by Mino Taurus. It is a scientific study on time and explores things like time travel, the sun-moon cycle and the nature of wormholes. It is first introduced in "Lies" when the stranger comes into the room after the shower and looks at the book on which lies a strange key.

A Journey Through Time is definitely not a published book that actually exists as a manual for time travel in real life. After all, there can't yet be a book about the subject or methods involved in actually traveling through time, because science has not actually figured this whole thing out just yet. However, there is a work of fiction not unlike that of . Wells that deals with what might happen should time travel become possible. Time and Again by Jack Finney tells the tale of a 20th century fellow who is transported back to New York City in 1882. The whole thing treats time travel.

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Join the exciting adventures of the passengers and crew of a jet plane lost in time

Join the exciting adventures of the passengers and crew of a jet plane lost in time. Jack and his dog, Max try to get the small group safely home, but they encounter many odd characters along the way, as they travel to Prehistoric, Roman, World War II and Tudor times and even into an ominous future! A quick read book for a pleasant hour's reading. Illustrated and easy reading. A Beacon of Light Book.

"Don't worry Colin, we will figure it out." Aedan said as he put his hand on Colin's shoulder. Aedan was just as scared as his younger brothers but he tried not to show it. Alistair, the middle brother, also placed a comforting hand on Colin's other shoulder. Their minds struggled to understand what was happening, but there was no logical explanation.This story takes place in a town called Braymar in Dun-Kelton in 2003. Dun-Kelton is a very old country and has a lot of history, which much of it has yet to be discovered. But with the curiosity of three young boys, some of those ancient secrets will be unveiled when they stumble across some very old artifacts in their own back yard. Their lives are radically changed as they embark on an adventure to which they were not ready for. However, being Calgregor's, they stepped up to the challenges head-on and faced them with courage. And as the events unfold for the boys, their mother and father anxiously await the boys return from playing. It is late, and the boys never stayed out that long. Worried, Kirstin and Bryce set out to find the boys, which leads them on their own adventure as they frantically look for them. The ensuing quest binds the already close-knit family even tighter, as they face extreme dangers that could lead to a life or death outcome. Travel with the family into history and explore a new world that is waiting to be discovered. Will you laugh, will you cry, or will you do a little of both as you get to know this amazing family? They are waiting for you to join them in an epic and timeless tale. This work is a fiction chapter book and can be enjoyed by children and teens ranging from the age of ten and up. Even adults will enjoy this tale and it may even touch their hearts. The book may be fiction, but there are some true elements of history in the book, and I did a lot of research to make sure that the facts were correct and true. My name is Amy and I am originally from Stanton, Michigan and I moved to Hilliard, Ohio in 2001 with my boys, who were the inspiration for the main characters. My boys have since grown up and I am now a very proud grandmother of an 8 month old boy. I started writing this story in 2003, but took my time finishing it because, as most parents know, juggling kids and work can be hard to do. But I finally finished this year and I am proud of what I have accomplished, I set out to write a book and I did it. It is one of the few things I ever followed through on and never gave up the dream of seeing it in print.
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I bought this book for my niece's daughter, who is eleven. She started reading it right away (she loves to read, especially random books), only to come to me and ask questions about some of the stuff she read. Curious, I read the book, too, and found parts of it not only inappropriate for a kid to read...but the errors laden throughout the book left me speechless. I normally don't write reviews, but had to for this.

There would not be enough room here to encapsulate all the grammatical, creative (and even ethical) flaws in the book, so I will condense it down to what I can. For starters, this book was clearly not edited and proofread before going into publishing. Every single page--from page one to the end--possessed grammatical errors of some sort (for example, Chapter One starts with The Calgregor's, but should not have an apostrophe--right off the bat, there is an error).

The author doesn't understand the concept and difference between singular versus plural form, past and present tense ("split Cameron's lip wide opened" should be "wide open," for example), where to place commas and semicolons, where to end a sentence and start a new one, tons of misspellings and misuse of phrases, missing periods at the end of sentences, and more. As a result, reading this book was painful, to say the least.

Additionally, the author repeats herself a lot. Information is relayed to the reader over and over again (sometimes even a paragraph later), as if she forgot that it was already provided. The age of the kids, heights, the one kid's blue eyes being noted 10-15 times, the over-usage of the word "numpty," the incessant need to have the kids taking breaks to eat, the over-usage of the same word (such as "asserted," which was used so much, it was beat into the ground), etc., were truly annoying. And what the heck is a numpty, by the way? The author should explain that, as the typical reader isn't going to even know what that is. I know I didn't, or my niece's daughter; we had to look it up on the internet.

Phrases were written improperly, one prime example being, "then all the sudden," which should be, "then all of a sudden." There was a plethora of errors, proving the author was clearly confused on grammatical rules, nor was there time taken to fix the errors. She also engaged in using the wrong spelling and definition of certain words ("too" instead of "to," "looser" instead of "loser," "peaking" instead of "peeking," "then" instead of "than," and so on).

It's one thing to accidentally overlook a word here or there; it's another to consistently screw up the English language and grammatical rules throughout an entire book. This proves the author does not have the basic foundation or understanding down that is so imperative for writing, especially something for publishing. Also, for kids who are still learning English and how to write, this book (which she states is targeted for ages ten and up) is only teaching them the improper way. Not good. It's sad that my niece's daughter even pointed out misspellings, and she's only eleven.

The characters had little differentiation, in that they all had the same personality, same etiquette, etc. The only person possessing uniqueness was the king. Even this character was unrealistic, however. No king would punch a person in the face; he would, instead, order someone to harm the person (and punching a person in the face isn't something I picture them doing back then; they would threaten with a spear, cutting out of the tongue, etc.).

The king wouldn't torture a mother; he would order someone to do such. And when the king chastises Cameron, he first says he's one of the smartest men working for him...but then turns around and says he is stupid! Which one is it? Is the king bipolar?

The king says he's going to kill Alistair, but when he blacks out, and the king has his chance, he instead grabs the book, laughs and starts reading it! Why didn't he kill the kid, like he said he would? If he's so brutal, and has killed "younger kids" than Alistair, then wouldn't it be a walk in the park to just finish him off? Or wouldn't he run off with the book before someone catches him there? Makes no sense.

As for the rest of the characters, the kids had the same speech and etiquette of word usage as the parents, which isn't realistic. Kids cut corners and use slang. The sarcasm of some of the kids was tacky and overdone ("ya think" was overused, not to mention "numpty"--I'm sure kids in other countries use other cut-downs besides the same word over and over, for their siblings), and even then, it was oddly paired with sudden etiquette. It made no sense.

The parents, in turn, had unrealistic reactions and lingo. For example, the mother was smirking and making childish comments to the king, while being tortured on a table. I highly doubt an adult woman, who fears for her life, thinking she is going to get raped, in shock of suddenly being thrown into a time warp, and searching for her children, would be smirking, laughing or quipping, "Have you looked in the mirror?" Kids say those types of immature comments, and even then it wouldn't be said to a man whom one is at the mercy of! Wouldn't she be frightened out of her mind, crying and pleading for her life, instead?

Just how the kids react when they realize they're in a different era is unrealistic. They say practically nothing about the sudden and enormous, traumatic change. Even the mother takes forever to finally ask where she is and what the year is. The author also has people "giggling"--for example, what old man (in a dungeon, no less) would be giggling? Children giggle--not teens or adults, and especially not someone who is weak, tortured and near death. It makes no sense. My niece's daughter even pointed that out. She said, "I wouldn't be giggling in a dungeon!"

Another (of many) bizarre reactions, which made no sense: After finally killing the king, Alistair says, "Wow, that was a little freaky." Yeah, isn't that what anyone would say about almost getting killed, and then killing someone? And when the father dies, they just walk out, after the doctor covers the body. Wouldn't they want to sit there for a while and process the death...maybe mourn, and be in shock about the whole thing? Where's the sobbing and screaming? Wouldn't the mother and kids be tortured by this sudden trauma that the husband/father just died in a 14th century battle? Instead, they go to sleep, and the one kid even says "sleep sounds good to me." Awfully calm for a family that just fought a battle, got tortured and the father dies!

The author reveals that the two kings are brothers, and the "bad" king started out killing small animals, and then moved onto bigger animals. How ridiculous and bizarre is that? Back then, killing animals for food and fur was prominent, anyway. I highly doubt this would yield concern for others, if someone was out killing animals. This is how one describes a serial killer of today--not someone from the 1300s!

Even small things made little sense, such as the husband placing a hand on the wife's head to comfort her. Is she a dog? Then their reaction to getting worried, but deciding to wait until midnight to worry, so they go back to their reading...puzzling behavior! I highly doubt parents would just sit there and go back to reading, while their kids are missing at such a late hour. (In fact, I think the parents didn't bother until 4 am!)

The silly, over-used question of another's odd clothing was frustrating; the king threatening the mother, and then suddenly asking about her clothing attire, was bizarre. I doubt he would have that order of priority in the midst of threatening and torturing the mother!

The responses of the kids explaining soda, chips and guns, were silly. No one is going to describe soda as "tickling the nose." No one is going to describe a gun as shooting holes in the body. In fact, explaining that potatoes came from a country called South America was silly, in that South America is not a country--it's a continent! (My niece's daughter caught this mistake, too.)

There are still more examples I could provide, but in short, the reactions of the characters were not how someone would behave. It lacked common sense and logic all around. Even my niece's daughter couldn't comprehend half of the weird actions the author chose for the characters.

There were also a ton of contradictions and loose ends left unexplained in the storyline. A lot of stuff didn't add up, and conflicted with past information. When they have the funeral, wouldn't they want to take the body back to their time to bury him? And with all the people attending the funeral, no one is surprised by these people from another era? Nothing is said about it. When they all get rescued and are out of the tunnel and meet up, they have a "small family reunion", and the mom says, "Why didn't you boys come home?" Huh? She knows, at that point, that they're all in some sort of time warp! Why would a mother bother saying that then? Also, if the king is killed, wouldn't that trigger a ton of changes in time thereafter? Again, makes little sense and many strings left untied by the author, especially at the end (which contained gaps, as well as unrealistic reactions by the family, once again; the ending was weak and rushed, to say the least).

The next issue was the overly drawn-out explanations of basic, common sense actions that we've all contended with at some point in our lives. For example, the author explains how a coin flips into the air, or how a match is struck and what happens when it's done, etc. It was almost insulting being given step-by-step instructions on how basic physics work. We all know how a match works; we all know how a coin flips! We don't need handheld.

The odd usage of words such as "ah," was also frustrating. What kid lands hard onto the ground, only to say, "ah"? That's something someone says when the person is slowly sinking into a bubble bath; it is a soothing word. Yet this word was used for harsh situations, such as the kid falling, and when the army starting yelling out (banging their shields, no less...which made no sense; where are the weapons they bang them against? Are they banging only shields together, like cymbals?), or when Bryce is screaming in agony.

At least use an exclamation point to signify screaming. That wasn't even used, hence making the description even less accurate and convincing of what the character was going through. Another example: The husband "screams at the top of his lungs," the author wrote, but then put a period at the end of what he screamed out. Wouldn't an exclamation point be essential, if he's screaming at the top of his lungs? Again, incredibly overlooked chunks of nonsensical muck. Editing was clearly not a priority with this author.

However, the biggest issue--among the cesspool of grammatical errors and otherworldly behavior--was the time of battle between the family, the king and his men. I don't know what father would allow his young sons to go into battle. Moreover, the author has kids "suddenly" capable of taking on an experienced horde of battle men, slashing their way through a dozen or so of them, without themselves getting slaughtered within seconds. Give me a break.

How would these kids--who have no battle experience whatsoever (save for maybe some sticks they played with in the beginning!), are suddenly sent back in time centuries prior and barely shocked or affected by it--be able to "suddenly" use swords and bows with effortless execution, throw on armor like it's feather light and easy to suit up, and slaughter battle men who actually have the experience (not to mention are full-grown adults, so would easily out-muscle them)? Just ridiculous.

Weaponry and armor is incredibly heavy, so the fact that the kids could even put ON armor and lift a weapon AND shield (let alone know how to do it), is unrealistic in itself. We won't even get into the wielding of the weapons!

The kids would have wet their pants, shaking like a leaf, scared to death, maybe even puking, being faced with angry battle men who live and breathe killing! (I like how the men are nauseous from the medical help being provided with the poker and leg being reset, but the boys handle wartime and cutting off of limbs, blood, guts, gore, etc., no problem. It should be the reverse!) Once again, the accuracy is non-existent, and the reactions are unrealistic.

Moreover, the appalling part is that this story was written for ages ten and up, and the author has the kids cutting off body parts, stabbing the lungs, nearly decapitating a head, slicing throats and so on! The kids even seem to enjoy the killing. If that isn't bad enough, the man resets the one kid's broken leg and shuffles a hot poker around in the father's back wound. If this was a book for an adult, I could see, but it is solely focused on a young age group. Clearly this author has no understanding of boundaries or the rules of writing, both ethically and technically speaking. To have my niece's daughter come up to me and question these over-the-top, PG-13 acts (almost rated R, really), was disappointing and alarming.

There are many more suggestions (and criticisms) I could provide, but I will close my review with this: For as many supposed years spent to "ensure accuracy and historical detail," as the author claims, the book should've been of much higher quality than it is. Additionally, the book contains very little historical information, and much of it is inaccurate. The behaviors of the people back then are not accurate whatsoever; they would not speak or react the way the author wrote it.

The rhetoric used by the family isn't consistent, either. If the author is going to use the UK slang (numpty, chips, etc.), then the rest of the verbiage should be laden with the same background and slang. Ninety percent of the talk back and forth with the kids and the parents, instead, is Western/American word usage and lingo. So, no, it isn't accurate or consistent.

The bottom line is what, if any, historical detail and accuracy is in the book, could've taken no more than an hour to find online and figure out--not eight years, especially for a book which barely topples over 100 pages. This is actually an insult to historians, or anybody from the UK, for that matter. At minimum, it's an insult to the writing field in general.

I suggest that the author take plenty of writing courses, or at least ask for help from some people who are adept at writing, and could provide proofreading services. This book sorely needed an overhaul and mulling over by someone other than the author. At minimum, the author should have at least used a standard dictionary, which can be found anywhere--both in stores, built into programs such as MS Word, or online for free--to fix all the misspellings and such! In fact, a lot of popular programs such as MS Word, will even catch verb confusion, run-on sentences, and much more--not just spelling errors. To not even use such a simple, free tool shows laziness and ego on the author's behalf.

The only consolation I will say is that I did get a good laugh out of it. It was just that amusing...but not in a good way. The slaughter of the English language, tied in with poorly constructed and non-individualized characters, tacky comments, unrealistic reactions, rated PG-13 (teetering on rated R) battle situations inappropriate for children to read, and tons more...made for quite a travesty. I like to give unknown hopefuls a chance (I usually purchase in a bookstore, so I can sift through the book more), as well as find random books for my niece's daughter to read...but this was truly a waste of my money and time.
Well written, this book chronicles the adventures of three brothers as they unravel a mystery that takes them back in time. The author weaves the story in such a way that it keeps the reader's interest right up to the end.