The 13th Floor
The 13th Floor

Series: Tartan House   

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Annotation: New kid, Sam, is accepted by the popular crowd because some of the football players like the same video games he does, but then they can not stop playing a new game that's been banned for violence and gore, even after bad things start to happen to them.
Catalog Number: #96330
Format: Library Binding
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: 12 Story Library
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 96 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-632-35056-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-632-35056-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014946008
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6--Recently orphaned Buddy Stebbins, 12, is in the care of his sister, Liz, a young attorney. Faced with the prospect of selling the family home to pay off their parents' debts, Buddy calls on an ancestor, Captain Crackstone, rumored to be a pirate, for assistance. In response, a plea for help from the 17th century arrives from another descendant, Abigail Parsons, who is about to be tried for witchcraft at age 10. Independently, Buddy and Liz find their ways back to 1692 Massachussets to join forces with their forebears. This rollicking time-travel adventure requires a willing suspension of disbelief on the part of the characters as well as readers. Thrust into scenes of piracy and witchcraft hysteria respectively, Buddy and Liz experience the most dramatic and fascinating aspects of life at that time. Fleischman's characteristic flair for compelling action, lively dialogue, authentic details, and humorous elements are all present here, resulting in a thoroughly entertaining page turner. However, Buddy's 20th-century mannerisms and dress, including glow-in-the-dark shoelaces, are almost uniformly accepted after his initial appearance. Liz, for all her cleverness, foolishly refers to upcoming events in Salem, which casts suspicion of witchcraft upon her. Still, the rambunctious events aboard the ship and the tension of the trial will engage readers. The tidy ending is satisfying, containing enough irony to avoid predictability. An author's note eloquently and articulately explains the historical context of the setting.--Starr LaTronica, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Lexile: HL470L

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