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Booklist: Time Travel Reads for Teens

Time travel has been a popular subject of fiction since The Time Machine by H.G. Wells was published in 1895. Over a century later, it still captures the imagination of many readers. The mix of philosophy and theoretical physics allows for endless combinations to explore parallel universes, to go back and forward in time, and is an especially great backdrop for both adventure and star-crossed love.

There is no shortage of time travel stories in young adult fiction. With so many great time travel novels coming out this year, it’s a great time to some time bending novels to your “to read” list. You won’t even need to build a time machine to read most of these right now!

If you like your time travel with a time-crossed romance

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Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Cassandra’s summer takes a strange turn when she meets a stranger who claims her family’s beach house belongs to him and that the year is 1925. As Cassandra tries to solve the mystery of Lawrence’s appearance she will also have to try to find a way to change history if the two hope to have any kind of future together.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Gwyneth Shepherd’s cousin has been preparing to time travel for her entire life. Until both girls find out that it’s Gwyneth, not Charlotte, who carries the rare time travel gene.

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Something strange is happening in Natalie’s hometown. Little things at first like her front door being green instead of red. Then a strange apparition Natalie calls “Grandmother” appears and tells he she has three months to save a boy she hasn’t met yet.

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Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Kaia is an apprentice with The Historians–a group of time travelers who observe and record history. Kaia doesn’t see the harm in catching a glimpse of her long-dead soulmate in Ancient Egypt but that one search sets off a series of events that will leave Kaia scrambling to save her future.

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

After her parents’ death Michele is sent across the country to live with her grandparents in New York and finds a diary that transports her to 1910 where she meets a blue-eyed stranger who has haunted her dreams for as long as she can remember.

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Hope will have to learn how to conquer her fears before she can try to work with a group of time travelers to save her mother who is trapped in 12th Century England.

If you you want high stakes adventures across time

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Traveling across centuries and around the world, Etta and Nicholas will have to trust each other as they hunt down a long-lost artifact and uncover a truth that could threaten their natural times and everything in between.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Determined to get revenge for her father’s murder and the theft of his universe-crossing device, Marguerite embarks on a multi-universal hunt for Paul. The closer Marguerite gets to Paul, the more she begins to wonder if he really is the villain she thought.

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

Nearly a century ago the Great Disruption remade the world and threw all of the continents into different Ages. When her renowned mapmaker uncle is kidnapped, Sophia Tims will have to travel across Ages to rescue him.


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Due to my fascination with certain time periods, I always have an answer when anyone asks me about time travel. I could answer with several options, but my two favorite time periods are Regency England and Italy during the Renaissance, preferably Florence. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan. I traveled to Bath, England for a semester in college just so I could walk the streets she once walked. It was amazing. I’ve been to Florence, although the time passed too quickly and I need to go back again. I saw the wonder of Michelangelo’s David, the beautiful Ghiberti’s doors, and the Duomo. I’ll never forget seeing all of those things, but I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to see them during the highlight of the moment. So if anyone invents a time machine, please let me know!


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Lost in a Good Read: Literally!

Has a book ever made such a deep impression on you that you thought you’d like to visit its fictional world? How would you fare if you were physically transported into a story in another time and place? Some recent YA books ask and answer these questions, mixing time travel with alternate retellings of classics.

Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-LogstedIn Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, high school freshman Emily March is the middle sister, always coming up short in the sibling rivalry game. An English class assignment asks her to describe one thing she’d change about a classic novel. She picks childhood favorite Little Women, which she would improve by letting Beth live and Jo marry Laurie. While paging through the book, Emily is literally sucked into the story, back to 1860s New England. Once again, she is the middle daughter and in competition with a sister (Jo) for the affections of the only hot guy on the scene (Laurie).

Emily seems to have been a member of this March family forever, but she has to puzzle out her place without letting anyone know she’s from the future. She also has to learn how to be a teen in the Civil War era and to adjust to Marmee’s Victorian style of child rearing. Most of all, she needs to figure out how to return to her proper time and place. Can Emily change Beth and Jo’s fates, and should she? The author leaves us guessing until the last few chapters and ties things up with clever twists that most readers won’t be able to anticipate.

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Time After Time: Time Travel

Ever feel like you don’t have enough time in the day? Or maybe like time is just slipping away from you? Well, maybe it is! After all, less than two weeks ago we had Leap Day–that magical “extra” day that comes but once every four years. And today people are going on and on about lost hours of sleep due to “springing ahead” for Daylight Saving Time. It’s kind of crazy when you think about how daylight really only has to due with the Earth’s rotation, but man and civilization can mess with time as much as they want. Of course, we can never really mess with it in the most fantastically imaginative way so many authors have dreamed of: time travel. I love the concept of time travel and have pretty much never met a time travel book I haven’t liked. So, in the spirit of this Leap Year and Daylight Savings, I present to you a few titles that explore time.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: This winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal is a wonderfully constructed novel. Sal and Miranda were friends; now they’re not. Then Miranda finds little notes that seem to come out of nowhere, but whoever is writing them knows and awful lot about her and things that haven’t yet happened. It all comes together in a beautiful story that relies on time to bring together all the pieces.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler: Two teens turn on a computer and find their Facebook profiles. The thing is, it’s 1996, Facebook hasn’t been invented yet, and they are seeing their future selves. They also discover that little changes in their actions today affect the status updates and profiles of their adult selves. Asher (2008 Best Books for Young Adults honoree) and Mackler (a 2004 Printz honoree) tell the story in alternating chapters.