Ali Sparkes Frozen in Time

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Frozen in Time

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1956: Freddy and Polly Emerson are enjoying a terrific summer vacation helping their father with his latest experiment. That is, until they disappear. The police investigate, but find nothing. Their father, Professor Emerson, has also vanished.

2010: Ben and Rachel Corder are sure it will be a long, dull summer until they discover an underground vault in their garden. The vault holds something incredible—two children who have been asleep for decades!

But “unearthing” Freddy and Polly leads to a whole series of questions: How will the two fit into the twenty-first-century world of cell phones and Whoppers? How will their bodies adjust after more than fifty years of being frozen? How is cryonic suspension even possible? What happened to Professor Emerson? And why does it feel like they’re being followed . . . ?

An action-packed adventure full of mystery and intrigue, Frozen in Time brings the past into the present with hilarious results.

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About the Author:

Ali Sparkes is a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC.  She grew up adoring stories about kids who had thrilling adventures in the woods, and Frozen in Time is a reflection of that enduring affection.  She is the author of the successful Shapeshifter series published by Oxford Press.  Sparkes lives with her husband and two sons in Southhampton, England.  You can visit her online at www.alisparkes.com.

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Gr 4-7–Ben and Rachel Corder are stuck in a British country house with their scientist uncle who hates to be disturbed while he is doing his research. The satellite is out, Uncle Jerome has the only computers, and the television explodes immediately. They've used up all the batteries that might power a handheld video game or even a radio and, to top it off, it has been raining for days. When the sun breaks through, the kids grab their wellies and head out into the overgrown yard only to find a buried vault partially uncovered by the rain. Inside, they find Freddy and Polly Emerson, kids their age who have been in cryogenic suspension since 1956. They were presumed murdered by their scientist father, who disappeared without a trace. The four recruit Uncle Jerome to help them find out what did, in fact, happen to Dr. Emerson. While the Corders teach the Emersons about cell phones, piercings, microwave food, and pop culture of 2010, the Emersons demonstrate some skills that today's children lack. Meanwhile, there are signs that the cryogenic process may not have been perfected. This story feels a bit frozen in time itself with its wholesome kids and "gee-whiz" attitude. As such, it should appeal most to readers with some curiosity about the previous century and who could, themselves, survive for an afternoon without a cell phone, computer game, or Internet connection.Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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