TJ & the Time Stumblers

Looking for a fun book that will engage your kids and teach them something?  TJ & the Time Stumblers, by Bill Myers, might be just what you’re looking for.  TJ is a girl living in the present day.  Aside from the fact that she is being visited by two boys from the future, Tuna & Herby, TJ is an ordinary Jr. High student with an extraordinary future, or so she’s been told!  As the boys learn about TJ for their report, crazy situations ensue (think Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure) as their devices from the future create chaos in TJ’s life.

In Switched, book 5 of the series, the boys use a device that switches people’s bodies.  TJ ends up in the body of her famous (and mean) classmate, Hesper Breakaheart.  As TJ works to get her own body back, her friends from the future are looking for fuel (of course found on a nuclear submarine!) to get them back to the future.

While there is perhaps a little too much talk about ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ relationships for a book about jr. high students, Switched is funny and, more importantly, it teaches an important lesson about forgiveness and the power of believing in yourself.

As part of a homeschool curriculum, I could see this book being a fun addition to a Bible unit on forgiveness.  It could be fun to have students read the book and then do a little creative writing about what people from the future might think about them.  The book would also make a great addition to a list of books to read for the year.  I have my kids do a book report bingo.  They read books (chosen by me), write book reports, and fill out a bingo card for prizes.  This would be a fun book to add to the mix.

Megan is 9, so perhaps a little young for this book, but she enjoyed it, too.  Here’s her take on the book:

TJ & the Time Stumblers:  Switched, by Bill Myers, is set in the present day.  The main characters are TJ, the new girl; Tuna, a guy from the 23rd century; Herby, a guy from the 23rd century; Doug, a kid with allergies; Chad, a very handsome kid; and Hesper, a famous girl.  This book is about a girl named TJ and her goofy friends from the 23rd century.  They have traveled back  in time to meet “the famous TJ.”  TJ sadly is not very good at singing when she is trying out for a solo that Mr. Hatemijob said she should try out for.  Tuna and Herby need to travel back to their century, but they have a problem:  they don’t have their plutonium pack.  But at the end they get what they need and the time travel pod is fixed.  This book made me feel silly, like all the time!  There was a huge lesson everyone should learn, which is forgive others, no matter what!  I recommend this book for people from 9 and up.

***Disclaimer–we received a free copy of this book in exchange for our honest review.***

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