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Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story [Hardcover]

Mary Downing Hahn
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Book Description

March 21 1994
When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diphtheria.

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Grade 4-8-This is more a time-travel fantasy than a ghost story. Andrew, 12, is about to die from diphtheria when he accidentally falls through a hole in his own time (1910) and finds himself in 1990, in his own room, now occupied by his great-great-nephew Drew. The boys, identical look-alikes, then change places. Modern medicine saves Andrew's life, and the boys try to settle into their new and different roles. The story becomes one of coming-of-age for both of them. Shy, timid Drew hasn't bargained on filling the shoes of the wild Andrew, and Andrew is equally uncomfortable in "pantywaist" Drew's shoes. However, Andrew is reluctant to switch back, fearing he will die if his body returns to 1910. The boys strike a bargain-when Drew wins at marbles, they will change places. Suspense mounts as the story progresses. Will the families notice that something is awry? Will the boys mess up family history by meddling with past events? Will Andrew survive when he gets back home? These questions keep the story moving until all comes clear in a humorous but somewhat contrived ending. There isn't the intense foreboding found in Hahn's ghost story Wait Till Helen Comes (Clarion, 1986), but there is enough tension to keep readers engaged. Instructions for the marble game are appended.
Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4-6. Shy, insecure, and an only child, Drew adores his great-aunt Blythe. There's something odd about the ancestral house she lives in, though--the house where Drew is to spend the summer while his parents are in Europe. It isn't long before he finds out what. By removing a bag of marbles from beneath an attic floorboard, he and Blythe unwittingly open a door to the past and clear the way for the visitation of the boy Andrew Tyler, a distant relative who looks just like Drew. When the boys change places, Drew travels back to 1910, where he finds two new caring parents and the brother and sister he's always wanted. In trying to live up to Andrew's brash, mischievous reputation, polite, quiet Drew also discovers how to assert and to trust himself. There's plenty to enjoy in this delightful time-slip fantasy: a fascinating premise, a dastardly cousin, some good suspense, and a roundup of characters to care about. And although kids may long for more than the glimpse given of Andrew's handling of modern times, they'll still love the story, which comes full circle when Drew, back home with Blythe, meets Andrew, all grown up and an old, old man. Stephanie Zvirin

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just try to imagine Aunt Blythe's creepy house! Dec 17 2003
By A Customer
Time For Andrew is written by Mary Downing Hahn. It is published by Avon books. Time For Andrew was published in 1994. Do you like mysterious books?
Drew is visiting Aunt Blythe for two months. He hears cries and starts to see things. Then he finds Andrew, who has diptheria. Andrew wants to switch with Drew for a cure. Drew agrees.
When Drew goes to bed one night during a storm he sees the attic door open. That's when he meets Andrew.
" You can't be alive," Drew whispered, "you can't - it's impossible."
" Do I look as bad as that?" Andrew asked. "Dr. Fulton told Mama I was like to die before morning, but he saved me from blood poisoning last year and the measles the year before that, and cough and whooping cough as well. Hannah lived through diptheria. She says I will too."
Others will like this book because it is very interesting and mysterious. Drew is not realistic. You will find mysterious things happening throughout this book. At times it will make you shiver. If you like mystery and ghost books, you will like this book.
I would give Time For Andrew a 1 with1 being the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love this book! Nov. 21 2002
By A Customer
I think that this is the best book i've ever read. ...I normally dont like to read books but when I saw this book I couldnt let it go. The book is about 2 kids who are like twins. they look the same and they they have the same name. This kid drew goes to his aunt blythes house for his summer vacation instead of going to a camp. When he gets there his first impression of the house is creepy. The house is verry old and broken down. Wonce he gets comfortable with the house he starts getting scared cause he heres noises in the basement. When he goes down to see what it is he finds out it is a verry sick kid down there rummaging down there. The kid is andrew and he is sick with diptheria. So they trade places so andrew can get better and can get a cure because in andrews time they didnt have a cure. So lateron he gets better but doesnt want to trade back so he makes a deal that they had to play a game caller marbles for there places back. But in the mean time drew is facing all andrews problems. There is WAY this story so if your going to read this have fun. Its a great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time for Andrew March 19 2001
By A Customer
I read a book called, "Time for Andrew" by Mary downing Hahn. This was a great book that kept you on the edge of your seat the hole time. It is about a boy named Drew. He had two choices for his summer vacation. He could go to camp with his bully from school, or go and visit his Aunt Blyth. He chose to go to his Aunt's house. Drew is what i would call a scardycat or a worry wart. He worrys all the time and is afraid of almost everything. When Drew is visiting, he finds some marbles in the attic, and gives them to his Aunt. She sais that they shouldn't be kept in the attic, and takes them downstairs. Drew had a bad feeling about this. That night Drew meats the ghost of his Great Uncle Andrew. He found out eirlier, that His great Uncle had died when he was young, form a disease that could be cured with todays modern medicine. His Uncle and Drew look identicle to one another. When Andrew Finally talks to Drew, he sais that Drew had stolen his marbles and he had come to retreave them. In the story, the attic plays as a time machinne for the two boys. Drew agrease to let Andrew switch places with him until he is cured. When Drew does go back into the past for a week, he goes up to the attic and meets Andrew. Andrew doesnt want to leave the future, so they chalenge eachother to a game of marbles, the ones that drew had found. When Drew wins, Andrew goes back into the past and Drew will go back to the present day. That is if he wins. Andrew was cured form his disease, which means that they changed the past, and the future. But Will Drew ever get to see his family again, or will he be stuck in Andrews body forever? I think that this book was a little confusing because Andrew and Drew constantly are switching places, and it is a little hard to follow. Although, I did rate this book a four star book, because it is a great thriller. I would reccomend this book to anyone that likes Mysteries and likes suprise endings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing the Past Dec 11 2000
By A Customer
Time For Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn is a thrilling ghost story about two ten-year-old boys named Andrew (actually, the modern-day boy is called Drew). The earlier boy is from 1910 and the modern-day boy is from the 1990's. Both boy are startled and confused to see each other in the bed that they both think they should be peacefully sleeping in. Immediately Drew notices that Andrew has diphtheria. Even though they have just met and he doesn't know Andrew that well he will switch time periods with Andrew. This way Andrew can live at least a summer longer and may even become fully cured with modern medicines. When they switch they both know it will be hard for them, and maybe even change their lives, but it doesn't quite turn out the way they expect.

What makes Time For Andrew is such a wonderful book? Its dialogue and detail. The book's dialogue is extremely believable. Even though the story can never really happen, it becomes real in its own way. The choice of words make one feel close to the characters even though no one knows what the characters are really like except the author. This dialogue helps show the emotions and attitudes of the characters. For example, if one character knows more than another character about some of the odd people they meet, it comes out in the dialogue. This is extremely helpful when the boys come together at night because they might have something to say that isn't something the narrator could say. The detail also makes this book fantastic. The detail is spectacular. It is like the author is a third main character who doesn't do anything but observe (like in I Spy). One part where the detail is particularly effective is where one boy can see into his own time period even though he isn't in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A full-circle journey you must read!
Oh, the dimensions we delve into! You feel a full-circle journey! I equate it with a <i> “Star Trek, The Next Generation”</i> storyline. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Andrew a ghost Story
"Time for Andrew a ghost story", was a great book! I give this book a 5 star raiting, because it was fun to read and was very clear and understandible. Read more
Published on March 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I've read since Harry Potter
In fact I don't no which is better! I'm Ten and I loved this book. Time for Andrew is a story about two kids that are related, both named Andrew and are identical but from 2... Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Andrew!!! This book is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a great book to read if you like ghost stories. Drew is an eleven-year-old boy that lives in modern times who is calm and follows the rules. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Hard to put down
This book kept me reading for hours because it kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to any kids my age. Read more
Published on July 31 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenceful book!
'Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story' by Mary Downing Hahn gives us a lot of imagery in our heads and creates a very realistic picture of the story's setting. Read more
Published on June 25 2002 by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot
Drew travels to his aunt's creepy old house to stay for the summer. One night he discovers Andrew his long dead, distant cousin, who has diptheria. Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by Alan J. Janicek
4.0 out of 5 stars Time For Andrew- A Great Book
Drew goes to stay at his great-aunt's house while his parents are in France for the summer. He meets a boy named Andrew who is supposed to be dead, but somehow he has transported... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The Must-Read Book of The Year
Time for Andrew is an amazing story of courage. This book helped me to realize that you can't always control your life. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book!
Time for Andrew is a great book for people who are nine years old and up. In the book Drew and Andrew switch places, so that Andrew can be saved from a disease called diptheria. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2001
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