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The Time Quake

The Time Quake

(Book #3 of The Gideon Trilogy)
For Ages: 10 - 14
Time itself is splintering. If the catastrophic consequences of time travel are now impossible to ignore, Lord Luxon only has eyes for its awesome possibilities. He has his sights set on no lesser prize than America. Abducted to 1763, Peter and Kate begin to understand that history has arrived at its tipping point. Adrift in time, Kate transforms into an oracle, able to see the future as easily as the past. While Gideon does all he can to help, he is tormented by the knowledge that The Tar Man, his nemesis, is also his own brother. As they pursue him through the dark streets of eighteenth-century London, and the time quakes begin, Peter realises that this monster may hold the fate of all of us in his hands.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 464 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439160565 | 
  • October 2009 | 
  • Grades 5 - 9 | 
  • Lexile 940
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In which Lord Luxon takes a fancy to New York
The sun shone down on the remarkable island of Manhattan, whose thrusting castles, too tall and numerous by far to be the stuff of fairy tales, held gravity in contempt as they vied to be the first to reach the sky. Great alleys of skyscrapers seemed to strut across the city, catching the rays of the dazzling sun and casting vast shadows behind them. It was August, and the air was heavy with an intense, moist heat, and those foolish enough to leave the cool shelter of the giant buildings for the scorching street would soon find their shirts sticking to their... see more


In which the party struggle to know what to do about Kate’s affliction and Gideon brings some promising news
The hot summer of 1763 was drawing to a close, and there was something in the air, a quality to the light, that made the residents of Lincoln’s Inn Fields cherish every last warm evening before the first chill of autumn sent them scurrying indoors. Only a few streets away, amidst the raucous cries of street hawkers and the incessant thunder of wagons, starving children begged, soldiers mutilated in the recent war drowned their sorrows in gin, and for the sake of a few coins footpads... see more

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About the Author

Linda Buckley-Archer
Photo Credit: Jerry Bauer

Linda Buckley-Archer

Linda Buckley-Archer is the author of the critically acclaimed Gideon trilogy. Originally trained as a linguist, she is now a full-time novelist and scriptwriter. She has written a television drama for the BBC and several radio dramas, as well as various journalistic pieces for papers like the Independent. The Gideon Trilogy was inspired by the criminal underworld of eighteenth-century London.


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Linda Buckley-Archer
Q. how did you come to write The Time Quake?

A. For the conclusion of The Gideon Trilogy (called The Time Quake Trilogy in the UK) I wanted a truly compelling hook to sweep me (and hopefully) my readers to the end of the narrative. When re-reading the first volume of the trilogy (The Time Travelers (US)/Gideon the Cutpurse (UK)), I was reminded how horrified one of my eighteenth-century characters was that not only would Britain lose its American colony, but America would also become a superpower. Suddenly it struck me that, as a novelist, I was allowed to pose - and answer - counterfactual questions such as "If a villain wanted to go and back in time and change the history of America - what could he do?" So I sought a historian's counterfactual advice and during a book tour in the US found time to stand on the banks of the Delaware River in New Jersey. Very slowly a story started to take shape...

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