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Qwerty Stevens, stuck in time with Benjamin Franklin
Gutman, Dan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
Physical Description:
183 pages ; 22 cm
After accidentally sucking Benjamin Franklin into twenty-first-century New Jersey with his Anytime Anywhere machine, thirteen-year-old Qwerty Stevens and his best friend almost wind up stuck in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 when they try to send him back.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 4.0 63095.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 8 Quiz: 34401 Guided reading level: O.
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When he returns to the present after helping Thomas Edison invent the lightbulb, thirteen-year-old computer whiz Qwerty Stevens decides to put away his Anytime Anywhere Machine -- the past is just too risky!But now Qwerty finds himself facing a new challenge: writing a history paper on the American Revolution, due in under one hour. This task might seem impossible to any other kid, but not to Qwerty Stevens! With the help of the Anytime Anywhere Maching, Qwerty gets more than just a paper on the Declaration of Independence: He gets Benjamin Franklin himself sitting on his bed.

Author Notes

Dan Gutman was born in New York City on October 19, 1955. He received a degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 1977. He started a video game magazine in 1982 called Video Games Player, which later became Computer Games. When the magazine went out of business in 1985, he decided to become a full-time writer. He wrote several non-fiction baseball books for adults, before changing his focus to non-fiction sports books for children. In 1994, he decided to switch to children's fiction. He is the author of the Baseball Card Adventures Series, My Weird School series, My Weird School Daze series, My Weirder School series, and The Genius Files series. In 2014 his title, Texas with Love, which was the fourth book in the Genius Files Series, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. In this funny sequel to Gutman's Qwerty Stevens Back in Time: The Edison Mystery (2001), Qwerty accidentally sets Thomas Edison's secret "Anytime Anywhere Machine" into action once again. The machine first transports Benjamin Franklin into Qwerty's bedroom, then returns him, along with Qwerty and his pal Joey, back to eighteenth-century Philadelphia. Franklin emerges as a colorful character with original opinions, a keen appreciation of modern technology, aphorisms for all occasions, and manners that charm even twenty-first-century women. Franklin's juxtaposition to the modern world, and particularly his visit to Qwerty's seventh-grade classroom, provides a great deal of humor as well as some thought-provoking moments. Less amusing but certainly instructive is the boys' quick trip to colonial Philadelphia. It provides an accessible, unusually human fictional portrayal of the approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, complete with a snappish Adams and a snarling Jefferson. In an appended section, Gutman separates some of the historical facts in the book from its fictional framework. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-When Robert "Qwerty" Stevens, 13, realizes that he has a report on the American Revolution due in a couple of hours, he copies information directly from the Web and scans in a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Suddenly, the statesman is sitting on the teen's bed, zapped through time by the Anytime Anywhere Machine, which is connected to the computer. Franklin, who is fascinated by 21st-century gadgets, accompanies the boy to class, where he charms the teacher, who thinks he is an impersonator, and expounds on the Revolutionary period. After school, Qwerty and a friend decide to go to 1776 Philadelphia with Franklin for the signing of the Declaration of Independence; however, they are in such a hurry that they forget to arrange a return to the present. A combination of fantasy, history, and adventure, this clever, fast-paced successor to Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time: The Edison Mystery (S & S, 2001) is sure to keep readers' attention, and Gutman's characterization of Franklin is memorable. There are several illustrations, including a portrait of the statesman; a chronology of his life and achievements; and an author's note that corrects some historical myths. This novel is a perfect choice for booktalking and reading aloud to students, particularly those who enjoyed Jon Scieszka's "Time Warp Trio" series (Viking).-Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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