Updated Saturday, 24 November, 2012
Linda Buckley-Archer is a British writer. She was born in Sussex but spent most of her childhood in rural Staffordshire. Originally trained as a linguist, she lectured in French for some years before becoming a full-time novelist and scriptwriter. She has written original drama for both BBC Radio (most recently, Pearls in the Tate) and TV (One Night in White Satin) but is best known for The Gideon series of novels.
Linda Buckley-Archer, a scriptwriter and journalist, began writing Gideon as a radio drama. As she read Gideon aloud to her children and they refused to let her stop for supper, she began to see its potential as a novel.
There are a couple of websites for this series, www.thegideontrilogy.com and www.the-time-travelers.com. The first is the UK and Australia themed site, and the second is the American and Canadian themed site. Of the two, www.the-time-travelers.com is a much more informative website (update: the two sites now share the same information). This dichotomy between countries carries over into the titles of the books themselves, with books being titled one thing in one locale and something else elsewhere. Here is a breakdown of the titles:
Since the first book was originally released in all locations with the title Gideon The Cutpurse, and that was the title of the book I read, I have included that title below, but have used the American titles for the other books in the series.
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
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 introudces readers to a modern genre all its own. (book description)
Personal note: I found this book in the Junior section at the library. It's described as a book for ages 10 and up. The "and up" portion is very reasonable, as I really enjoyed the book, and look forward to reading the continuing saga.
For whatever reason, they changed the title of this book when they released it in paperback. So this is the paperback edition of Gideon The Cutpurse.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY BAD GUY HAS TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY?
An accident with an antigravity machine catapulted Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to 1763. A bungled rescue attempt leaves Peter stranded in the eighteenth century while a terrifying villain, the Tar Man, takes his place and explodes onto twenty-first-century London. Concerned about the potentially catastrophic effects of time travel, the NASA scientists responsible for the situation question whether it is right to rescue Peter. Kate decides to take matters into her own hands, but things don’t go as planned. Soon the physical effects of time travel begin to have a disturbing effect on her. Meanwhile, in our century, the Tar Man wreaks havoc in a city whose police force is powerless to stop him. Set against a backdrop of contemporary London and revolutionary France, The Time Thief is the sequel to the acclaimed The Time Travelers. (book description)
Personal note: Once again, Linda Buckley-Archer has given us a wonderfully enthralling peek into the lives of Kaye Dyer and Peter Schock. This book has plenty to keep an adult riveted to its pages, despite being a novel for junior readers. It was a really enjoyable read, and I can now look forward to reading the third installment.
Time itself is splintering.
If the catastrophic consequences of time travel are now impossible to ignore, Lord Luxon only has eyes for its awesome possibilities. He has his sights set on no lesser prize than America.
Abducted to 1763, Peter and Kate begin to understand that history has arrived at its tipping point. Adrift in time, Kate transforms into an oracle, able to see the future as easily as the past.
While Gideon does all he can to help, he is tormented by the knowledge that The Tar Man, his nemesis, is also his own brother. As they pursue him through the dark streets of eighteenth-century London, and the time quakes begin, Peter realises that this monster may hold the fate of all of us in his hands. (book description)