I love hearing directly from authors, but I also love it when their characters speak through them to let us get to know even more about them outside of their book. Today, Gracie Ingraham, the heroine of Gracie's Time by Christine Potter is telling us all about Ten Things You Never Knew About Time Travel. There's also an excerpt to enjoy, with more as you follow the tour. And don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Ten Things You Never Knew About Time Travel, by Gracie Ingraham, the heroine of Gracie's Time
10. You don't need a machine to do it—that's nonsense from the movies. You're either a Traveler or you aren't. Unless you come from a Traveling family, you'll find out that you can time travel the first time time travel happens to you. That sounds scary, but it isn't really. You just have to stay calm and figure things out.
9. Traveling can get you out of a bad situation, but it's not a good idea to use it that way. My parents made that mistake when they thought there was going to be a nuclear war and they wanted to send me back to the 1890's. I ended up in 2018. There were—um, issues.
8. You can totally make friends with other Travelers, and it's funny who is one and who isn't. They're everywhere! Obviously, you can't talk about Traveling with non-time-travelers—most of them, anyway.
7. Travelers are almost always cool and will help you out. There are exceptions, of course. And there are demons and people who break the rules of Traveling, but you'll get that stuff figured out, promise.
6. Travelers get to see what the big old house down the street looked like when it was brand-new, before it turned into a place with broken windows and a collapsed roof. But they can still get in trouble there.
5. Some Travelers can live in a time other than the one they were born in. Other Travelers only get to visit.
4. All that stuff about going back in time to kill Hitler or save The Titanic? You're not supposed to change the time you are visiting or living in when you Travel, so you can't do any of that stuff. Sorry.
3. Your guidance counselor might be a Traveler.
2. Also, your best friend, even though she never knew it before she met you.
1. Here's the most important thing: your boyfriend can still be your boyfriend if he's NOT a Traveler. But let me tell you right now—he's got to be the right guy. Seriously. I promise you, things will get complicated fast!
Gracie's TimeOctober, 1962
It's almost Halloween, but something a lot scarier than ghosts is on everyone's mind: nuclear war. After President Kennedy's speech to the nation about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Grace Ingraham overhears her parents' plans to keep her safe. She'll be sent off to live with a wealthy uncle—in the nineteenth century.
Gracie's from a family of Travelers, people who can escape into time. Too bad her mom and dad haven't Traveled since their honeymoon trip to the Lincoln Inauguration. So Grace will have to go alone—even though taking a wrong turn can have serious consequences: like heading for 1890, and ending up …in 2018.
Read an excerpt:
I sat with Zoey on her crazy bed-turned-into-a-swing. Or was it a swing turned into a bed? She’d designed it herself. It was made out of weathered grey wood and hung from the ceiling on four heavy black chains. She had a homemade quilt and about a million pillows. The bed swung gently as we talked, which was strange, but I have to admit it was also very soothing.
I leaned back against a giant pillow made out of pieces of torn-up blue jeans and my charm bracelet jingled at my wrist. “It’s so weird having Dylan in art with me! I can’t believe they don’t separate out the grades.”
“Why would they? Art’s a workshop, silly. Only logical.” She crossed her legs under her swirly brown and green flowered dress, pulling it down over her knees.
Unfortunately, Dylan hadn’t talked to me very much. I caught him smiling in my direction a few times, but that was it, despite the Valentine and the walk in the cemetery. Everyone—Zoey, Claire, even Amp—seemed to be crazy about Dylan. Who was indeed very good looking. Even—okay, I’ll use the word again—dreamy. But guys who come that well-recommended … well, it’s confusing, especially if you end up in art class with them and then they go silent on you.
“He hasn’t texted me or anything. I wouldn’t want to seem too…”
“Aggressive? Horse hockey. You text him! Smash the patriarchy!”
I sighed. The patriarchy. As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, there was the patriarchy. Zoey talked about it—lots. There were women announcing the news on TV now. And women doing all sorts of things they didn’t used to…
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About Christine PotterChristine Potter lives in a very old, haunted house, not far from Sleepy Hollow. She’s the author of the time-traveling Bean Books series, on Evernight Teen: Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, What Time Is It There? and Gracie’s Time. She’s also a poet, with several books in print (the most recent is called Unforgetting). Christine loves all kinds of music, DJ’s, and plays dulcimer and guitar.
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