Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar

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A promising premise—mad scientist recruits children to steal treasures from humanity’s past—isn’t enough to carry a contrivance-ridden plot, poor characterization and a near-total lack of internal logic
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A thrilling middle-grade sci-fi

Caleb's blinders are off. The small group of orphans who were also "adopted" by Uncle used to feel like family, but the competition to be the top time snatcher and the punishment for failure has gotten fierce. Time traveling to steal valuable objects can be a thrill, but with bully Frank trying to steal his snatches, his partner Abbie falling for Frank's slimy charms, and Uncle's plans to kidnap innocent kids to grow his business, Caleb starts thinking about getting out. But Uncle's reach extends to any country in any time period, and runaways get the harshest punishment of all.

Caleb can steal just about anything from the past, but can he steal a family for the future?
 

About Richard Ungar

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Richard Ungar (www.richard-ungar.com) lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 
Published March 15, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. 333 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Dec 15 2011

A promising premise—mad scientist recruits children to steal treasures from humanity’s past—isn’t enough to carry a contrivance-ridden plot, poor characterization and a near-total lack of internal logic

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 30 2012

The story is built around the adventure of time travel rather than the mechanics of it—traditionalists may take issue with the ease with which the characters maneuver through time and the lack of temporal ramifications to the thieves’ ransacking of the past.

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Quill & Quire

Below average
Reviewed by Laura Godfrey

Of course, every time travel universe has its own set of rules, and it takes a couple of chapters to get into the rhythm of this one.

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Charlotte's Library

Below average
Mar 20 2012

At times it seemed a tad too magical--the mind speaking, for instance, stretched credulity--and there were seeming inconsistencies.

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Moonlit Librarian

Below average
Mar 23 2012

While the novel gets right into the time traveling and snatching, I really didn't feel like the action got going until about 100 pages in.

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