The fair is the one place that everyone, young or old, loves to be. Sisters Gracie, Lizzie, and Reba Dee Hitt are no exception. Though Gracie doesn't want to admit it, they are all excited to journey through the Tunnel of Time, a thirty-minute ride consisting of different stops with clever animations that teach you about the past. Soon, however, the girls realize that this is not your average ride, at least not this time. After the girls' train car breaks down in the middle of the tunnel, they realize there is no choice but to walk and search for an exit. However, the door that leads out of the tunnel does not lead back home. Trapped between centuries and fantastical time travel, the three sisters learn what it means to be alone; but they also learn what it means to be together. From Helen Keller to Thomas Edison to Theophilus Van Kannel, inventor of the revolving door, the girls go on a journey of history and knowledge and along the way, figuring out what it truly means to be a family.
Tunnel of Time taught me what it means to be part of a family. If anything, it made me jealous of the love that the Hitt sisters had for each other. I learned what it means to truly have someone's back and put their needs before your own. That was the relationship that the Hitt sisters had.
Jeannie Chambers, the author of this novel, meticulously wove together this book containing three different and equally exciting storylines. One was of family, another history. The third was the mystical and magical aspect of the Tunnel of Time, a place where anything can happen. Chambers’ writing was beautiful and precise. The words were simple and the plot line easy enough for a 9 or 10 year old to follow.
I thoroughly enjoyed the history aspect of this novel. Chambers did a phenomenal job of portraying facts in a fun, easy to understand way. I loved learning about different inventors of different eras, their struggles, and how they overcame them.
Tunnel of Time is definitely one to reread. I loved the writing style, the plot line, and the characters. How the characters interacted, with such love for one another but still teasing at times, was simply fascinating. I highly recommend this book to everyone. All ages, I believe, will cherish this extraordinary novel.