Ungar, Richard. Time snatchers. (Time Snatchers series, #1.) G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012. 321 pgs. $16.99. ISBN:978-0-399-25485-7. Gr. 5+. P8 Q8
In the year 2061 man has the ability to time travel, but this ability is only for certain individuals. Those who travel through time are not to take things that will change our history, for this could cause a distortion in the past that would change events in the future. This is what Caleb, a 12 year-old orphan boy, does for Uncle, his guardian, he snatches articles or relics from the past that in the future are extremely valuable. Uncle is the guardian for many time travelers and finding things for Uncle has become a race, to be the first to bring back the articles back to Uncle. Caleb, does all this till the day that he finds out that Uncle is now seeking others, children from the past whom he can train to be time snatchers. This ethical dilemma is what brings the story to its climax and Caleb must break free from Uncle and stop him at all costs.
February 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.