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Title:
The left behinds : the iPhone that saved George Washington
Author:
Potter, David, 1955- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, 2015.
Physical Description:
344 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Three students, Mel, Bev, and Brandon, left behind at their prestigious school during Christmas break, find themselves in 1776 New Jersey with General George Washington dead at their feet, and twelve-year-old Mel must find a way, using his iPhone, to set things right.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
010-013.

610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.5 9.0 171880.
ISBN:
9780385390569

9780385390576
Format :
Book

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Summary

Percy Jackson fans will embrace this humorous time travel adventure, the first in a series, about an iPhone malfunction that sends three kids back to 1776 in time to rescue George Washington.

On Christmas Day, Mel finds General George Washington lying dead as a doornail in a stable. But Mel knows that George Washington must cross the Delaware River, or the course of American history will be changed forever.

Could Mel's iPhone have sent him back in time to 1776? And can Mel and his schoolmates, know-it-all Bev and laid-back Brandon, come to the rescue? Perhaps, with a little help from two colonial kids and Benjamin Franklin himself.

Debut novelist David Potter cleverly combines time travel, humor, and American history in this fast-paced adventure. For American Revolution enthusiasts, there's information about historical reenactments, additional reading, and websites.

Praise for THE LEFT BEHINDS: THE IPHONE THAT SAVED GEORGE WASHINGTON
"Sequel, anyone? Let's hope so, because the concept of bringing an iPhone into the past is just too cool to stop at one episode... This is Magic Tree House all grown up, and kids who once loved that time travel conceit will be delighted all over again." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A skillful blend of humor, history, mystery, and adventure makes for a fun, fast-paced tale that will leave readers a little wiser." - School Library Journal

"History and humor collide." - Booklist

"A new twist on time travel." - Kirkus Reviews


Author Notes

David Potter developed a love for American history as a boy growing up near Morristown, New Jersey, where George Washington spent the winters of 1777 and 1779. He was inspired to write The Left Behinds while taking his children to the annual Christmas reenactment of Washington's Crossing the Delaware. He lives in Pennington, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons. You can visit David online at davidpotterbooks.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @DPotterBooks.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Bang! George Washington lies bloody on a stable floor he's history. Or, rather, he won't be history unless Mel, Bev, and Brandon, classmates who are not even friends, figure out why they are standing in a New Jersey stable during the American Revolutionary War and how they can fix whatever seems to have gone horribly wrong. Cameo appearances by Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and the Father of Our Country himself (who turns out to be kind of a blowhard) are the nuts in this madcap fruitcake of a time-travel adventure. Mel, Bev, and Brandon begin to appreciate one another's strengths and work together while dodging bullets and bayonets, riding horses, and enduring the icy, dangerous conditions that nearly broke the Continental army apart prior to the crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night in 1776. History and humor collide in this unusual novel, which will please fans of Linda Buckley-Archer's Gideon trilogy and Tom Angleberger and Michael Hemphill's Stonewall Hinkleman and the Battle of Bull Run (2009).--Willey, Paula Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In the first book in a planned series, three boarding-school students whose parents are too busy to pick them up for the holidays decide to spend an educational Christmas Day at a reenactment of Washington's fateful crossing of the Delaware. But after a new app, iTime, mysteriously appears on their iPhones, they find themselves in a 1776 barn, staring at the freshly shot body of General George Washington. Narrator Mel quickly realizes that he, Bev, and Brandon must travel further back in time in order to stop the assassination and ensure that the Continental Army's leader can lead the revolutionaries to victory. First-time novelist Potter tries to interject humor into the proceedings-Mel's narration is consistently irreverent, and the kids travel to Philadelphia to get Ben Franklin to recharge their iPhone batteries-but it's hard to play the Battle of Trenton for laughs, with 12-year-olds wielding bayonets and a field littered with Hessian corpses. The overlong story doesn't end so much as pause, with this group of young "Left Behinds" confronting their next challenge. Ages 8-12. Agent: Brian DeFiore, DeFiore and Company. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Meet General George Washington. Not a reenactor, but the real deal, dead with a bullet hole through the heart the day he's supposed to be leading 2400 Continental soldiers across the Delaware River. The question is how do three modern-day kids, left behind at their prestigious boarding school during Christmas, find themselves in the year 1776 facing a famous dead body. And if things aren't confusing enough, Mel, the history buff of the clueless trio, discovers he's getting texts from someone back at school. It's then that Mel realizes if General Washington does not complete the crossing of the Delaware, the American Revolution will fail. Intent on undoing the damage, the trio teams up with two 18th-century kids to right the wrong that will devastate history. This playful look at one of America's turning points introduces readers to an army of formidable German Hessians, a brilliant Benjamin Franklin, bone-chilling blizzard conditions, and the nation's founding fathers in the making. A skillful blend of humor, history, mystery, and adventure makes for a fun, fast-paced tale that will leave readers a little wiser.-Robyn Gioia, Antilles Middle School, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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