Middle School to Young Adult Books

Theme: Time

A Handful of Time - (ISBN: 978-0143056386)

by Kit Pearson

Patricia learns a lot about herself and her absent mother when, while staying at her grandmother’s house, she winds an antique watch and travels back in time to her mother’s earlier years. Although she still has a difficult time dealing with the cousins also living with her grandmother, she learns that she shares many things with her mother as a young person. What objects do you treasure from your family? Talk about the stories they remind you of.

A Wrinkle in Time - (ISBN: 978-0312367541)

by Madeleine L’Engle

Meg and her younger brother Charles Wallace travel in time through a tesseract, L’Engle’s unique word for the wrinkle in time, a passageway that allows for such supernatural movement. While they search for their missing father who set out to solve the tesseract problem, they have many adventures. Where would you like to go if you could time travel?

Antsy Does Time - (ISBN: 978-0525478256)

by Neal Shusterman

Antsy and his friends decide to “share” several months of their lives with a Swedish friend Gunnar, who has been mistakenly diagnosed with an imaginary but fatal disease. Although they try to give him more time to live, they soon find out his doctor did the diagnosing online and was not trustworthy. Eventually, they discover what Gunnar’s real problem is, and they come to appreciate the span of time they all DO have on earth. What is something unusual or invisible you might try to give a friend?

The Time Cavern - (ISBN: 978-1605520100)

by Todd Fonseca

After Aaron moves to Amish country, he feels he has passed into another time dimension, but he has merely made a culture switch. Along with a new friend, he solves an old murder that involves a mysterious cavern. Think about a time when you have gone somewhere so different you felt you were in a new world.

The Wolving Time - (ISBN: 978-0439395564)

by Patrick Jennings

Laszlo, a sheepherder from the sixteenth century, comes from a family of werewolves who herd sheep for a living. When their identity is nearly uncovered, Laszlo has mixed feelings about revealing this identity. Although not a horror story, this historical novel deals with supernatural elements and the influence of the church on lives of that time period. What other stories have you enjoyed that had less than believable events?

A Swiftly Tilting Planet - (ISBN: 978-0312368562 )

by Madeleine L’Engle

Beyond the Burning Time - (ISBN: 978-0590473323)

by Kathryn Lasky

Book of a Thousand Days - (ISBN: 978-1599903781)

by Shannon Hale

The Schwa Was Here - (ISBN: 978-0142405772)

by Neal Shusterman

Activities for this Theme

Get or create a box with 12 openings. Pick one object to symbolize each month of the year and save it in the box. An egg carton would do nicely!