TJ and the Time Stumblers #1: New Kid Catastrophes   -     By: Bill Myers
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TJ and the Time Stumblers #1: New Kid Catastrophes

Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback

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In New Kid Catastrophes, TJ accidentally makes an enemy of Hesper Breakahart, the superstar who attends their school. And Tuna and Herby's attempts to help just lead to one disaster after another. In the end, TJ is still very unpopular, but she learns the value of looking past appearances and gains a few friends-and the attention of the most popular boy in school.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1414334532
ISBN-13: 9781414334530
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Ages: 8-12
Series: TJ and the Time Stumblers

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This six-book series centers around two 23rd century goofballs, Tuna and Herby, who travel back in time to study TJ Finkelstein for their history project. TJ will someday become a great leader who demonstrates honesty, integrity, thoughtfulness, self-sacrifice, respect for others—all traits she hones and grasps through her adventures in this series. Unfortunately, Tuna and Herby get stuck in TJ’s time (modern day), so she has to deal with their schemes while juggling the normal issues of a seventh grader who has moved to a new city, is trying to fit in, and is coping with her mother’s death and her family’s new life.
In New Kid Catastrophes, TJ accidentally makes an enemy of Hesper Breakahart, the superstar who attends their school. And Tuna and Herby’s attempts to help just lead to one disaster after another. In the end, TJ is still very unpopular, but she learns the value of looking past appearances and gains a few friends—and the attention of the most popular boy in school.

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Just imagine being a 21st century 7th grade girl moving into a totally new area, facing the horrors of an unknown school filled with who knows what kind of rich and snobbish kids, and, to top it all off, having to cope with two boys from the 23rd century! In New Kid Catastrophes, TJ has to do it all while at the same time figuring out if she is a kind and considerate person (even though almost everybody around her tends to be anything but K & C). Aghhhh! TJ has to cope with daily Physical Embarrassment (gym to the rest of us), a movie starlet/hyped on herself classmate, a Science Fair with all the added attraction of 23rd century goof-ups, and her little sister. Will TJ ever figure out who the really nice people are? Will she be given the breathing space to do it?

Bill Myers' youth books are becoming notorious (oops! should have said noticed). He is one of those responsible for McGee and Me. His inimitable style -- filled with hilariously weird jokes, off-beat sound effects, and a lot of understanding for the youth of today -- is faintly reminiscent of what P.G. Wodehouse wrote in an earlier generation. The reader does not have to dig very far to find the underlying lessons amidst this merry mayhem. Those good basic Christian living lessons slide in effortlessly with the chortles and guffaws, and stay put in the readers mind. Both public and Christian schools will find use for New Kid Catastrophes. Its interest holding capacities encourage continued silent reading. With all its sound effects, it also works really well read aloud. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    hilarious adventures of TJ and a couple of bumbling time travelers
    September 1, 2014
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Middle grade readers will love this book. It should appeal to both boys and girls because it is a basic adventure book. Its primary theme is new kid on the block meets time travelers from the future. Make that bumbling time travelers on a school assignment. There are plenty of laughs to go around--good clean non-crude humor.

    Meet Herby and Tuna, traveling from the future to invisibly observe their target historical figure for a school assignment. Since their arrival, everything seems to go wrong for them from hitting the dinosaur age to crash landing in the Pacific Ocean, to major malfunctions of their equipment. Their goal: Malibu, California. Their target: Thelma Jean Finkelstein, otherwise known as TJ to her family and friends back in Missouri. But here in California? That's another matter entirely. And the piano that escaped the movers, rolled across the yard scooping up TJ in its path, crashing through the neighbor's fence making a big splash in their swimming pool in front of a dozen or so 13-year-old classmates, including TJ's new neighbor Chad Steel, was TJ's introduction into the new school year.

    Could it get any worse than that? It could and it did, no thanks to Herby and Tuna who attempted to "help" TJ through her first days at school. With that "help" came alienation of nearly the rest of her classmates, especially those who prostrated themselves before Hesper Breakahart; she was the star in her own TV series. Somehow, in Physical Education class (TJ thought it would be better termed Physical Embarrassment), a ball hit Hesper square in the nose. Everyone blamed TJ while Hesper was dramatically wheeled out by paramedics and taken to the hospital. How could it get any worse than that? It could and it did. But you'll have to read the book to discover what happens next.

    Besides the side-splitting humor in this short book, there are family dynamics to explore (TJ's mom died of cancer recently) and social dynamics to learn from. This book, like the many others written by this author is not just a fluff piece. There are valuable lessons taught within the humorous events, just enough to prompt young readers to think. Parents will love this. Books like this were something I searched for when my children were the age this book is written for.

    If you are looking for a hilarious, fast-paced adventure for your children to read, this is one I highly recommend.

    I am reading and reviewing this book for the Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. summer reading program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Witty, Clever Story with Fun Characters
    August 19, 2014
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    I decided to check out the e-book version of this series for my kiddos before purchasing paperback versions... and I loved them! I was laughing out loud and totally impressed with the wittiness of the series (not something I've seen much in this age group). I'm not sure about the reviewer who thought this book wouldn't appeal to middle schoolers---I'm a widely-read 35 year old and I got some GREAT entertainment value out of this book! The main character is cute, has a crush like any other middle schooler, faces problems like other kids her age (and then some--I mean who hangs out with time travelers?!), and she's always thinking and saying hilarious and witty things that make me giggle. The boy characters in this book are a couple of silly nuts. I loved the book from the start and knew I had to purchase the entire paperback series for my kids. I really, really like that this book is so entertaining and I can't wait to read the rest of the series... not to mention give them to my kids!
  3. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Silly and Wacky
    August 10, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    New Kid Catastrophes is hilarious. I literally laughed out loud during the lunch table scene. Poor TJ! This book completely silly and wacky. But, oh so fun.

    5 stars.
  4. PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent start to the series!
    June 17, 2014
    rlighthouse
    PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    TJ has just moved to California and is trying to get adjusted to her surroundings and new school which is easier said then done. Two time travelers have arrived and won't leave her alone. They are trying to help her learn to look past people's outward appearance but their help isn't always appreciated.
  5. Age: 25-34
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a fun book.
    June 5, 2014
    Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    New Kid Catastrophes 1, TJ and the Time Stumblers, is adorable.

    This goof-troop of time-traveling kids kept me engaged and amused. Kids will easily relate to these silly, charming, magical characters (TJ, Tuna, and Herby) and the dilemmas they face (being the new kid/outsider.) I do have to say though—I feel this book should be geared toward grade school readers rather than teens.

    Everything about this book is original. I, an adult, enjoyed this first Time Stumblers tale and recommend it for young readers. A good, clean, fun, engaging read.
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