Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer
Being the First Part of the Gideon Trilogy

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Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine -- and Kate and Peter's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

Historical detail comes alive as debut author Linda Buckley-Archer weaves the eighteenth-century trials of Gideon, Kate, and Peter with the modern-day worries of their parents and the wily investigator trying to piece together the children's disappearance. A time-travel tale, the first book of the Gideon Trilogy introduces readers to a modern genre all its own.


About Linda Buckley-Archer

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Linda Buckley-Archer is the author of The Gideon Trilogy, which was inspired by the criminal underworld of eighteenth-century London. Originally trained as a linguist, Linda is a full-time novelist and a scriptwriter who has written a television drama for the BBC and several radio dramas. She lives in London with her husband and two children. Visit her at
Published June 27, 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. 416 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A breathlessly paced adventure takes two modern kids back in time to England, 1763, where they must cope with such varied difficulties as 18th-century clothing and a host of implacable evildoers.

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(Served a slab of Stilton at a chop house, Peter notices "half a dozen weevils which shared the plate.") The characters, however, seem curiously flat.

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The Bookbag

They are befriended by a reformed cut-purse named Gideon, but Gideon has his own feud with the Tar Man and if his past catches up with him before Peter and Kate catch up with the anti-gravity machine, they'll never be able to return home.

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Historical Novel Society

The complexity of several of the characters – particularly Gideon and the villains – suggests many promising plot developments for the next book in the series.

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The Trades

They are also discovered by the man who is chasing Gideon, a terrifying hired hunter known as the Tar Man.

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