This is the first book in a new time travel series for older elementary school/middle school children. In incorporates futuristic technologies with current ones to allow restrictive time travel. Those traveling aren’t adults but young teens that come from a variety of backgrounds. And, this experiment is sponsored by a rich CEO, not the government. Most interesting is that there is a lot of thought behind this. Not only do the children have to dress the part but they need to speak the current English of the time and blend in with the local population. Forget all the high tech gadgets because they get left behind. There is a lot of history that in intertwined throughout the story, and a bit of embellishment. The characters are well thought out and work well together. While there are some rough spots, this could be because the children aren’t use to working together. The ending is a cliff hanger and you’re not sure exactly what will happen next. But, I did learn a lot about the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln. I can see this book sparking imagination while teaching information. The back of the book does tell you what was the real history and what was made up like President Lincoln’s son Tad was not in Gettysburg at the time of his Address. There are definitely some fun parts and some serious ones. Overall, I liked it.
Four older children are given invitations to a meeting. There is no number to call, no way to make an RSVP. There is $20 attached to each invite. Is this a gag? A scheme? Or, is it for real? Each takes a chance to find out and what they learn in intriguing. It’s also the adventure of a life time, it they accept. Do they dare?
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In New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman's all-new series, which blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure, four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. They'll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most important—not get caught! Back matter separating fact from fiction and real black-and-white photographs make Flashback Four the perfect mix of true history and uproarious fun.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7