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Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story [Hardcover]

Mary Downing Hahn
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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 A full-circle journey you must read! April 15 2014
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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. In <i> “The Inner Light”</i>, the crew passes an expired planet and experiences the lifetime of its citizens. Memories are impressed upon them. “<b>Time For Andrew”</b> doesn’t resemble that, except in the scope of a stunning emotional journey. It has the beginnings of a ghost story, that plunges into a time travel trade. I couldn’t have guessed how much I would be enthralled by it.

<i>‘Drew’</i> spends a summer posing as his great-great-uncle, <i>‘Andrew’</i>, at the same house in 1910. Historically he died; with his elder sister, <i>‘Hannah’</i> watching over him in the bedroom <i>Drew</i> is using. <i>Drew</i> is visiting his great-aunt while his archaeologist parents are in France. Great-Aunt’s Father (his Dad’s Grandpa) lives with her. It is fascinating to find so many things recognizable in 1910: the land and small details like dusty attic discards, suddenly seen around the house in full use. Experiences with a far greater impact are unforgettable. <i>Drew</i> learns the joy of siblings and also loves his temporary parents, even though he’s desperate to return to his decade. He agreed to stay long enough for modern medicine to heal <i>Andrew</i>. The look-a-likes traded beds at a critical moment, to save him.

The novel centers around <i>Andrew’s</i> refusal to leave 1994, insisting he will switch back only if <i>Drew</i> beats him at marbles. It becomes urgent that they do. Each is forgetting the details of their worlds. Also pivotal is <i>Andrew’s</i> need to outgrow aggression, while <i>Drew</i> needs thicker skin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Andrew a ghost Story March 22 2004
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"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. It had a good plot and good characters that all played their parts nicely. I enjoyed how the ending was very clear, and it didn't leave me hanging on anything. I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a great story.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book I've read since Harry Potter Sept. 27 2002
By A Customer
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 totally different time zones. One is from 1910 and the other is from 1990 and they have the exact opposite personalities. One is rough and doesn't get picked on but the other is weak and can't defend himself. When they first meet the Andrew from 1910 is almost dead with Diptheria. The two Andrews switch places in time. Well what the Andrew from 1990 found out is that once the Andrew from 1910 is healed he doesn't want to switch back. To be able to go back to his regular time period he has to play ringer a game he doesn't know how to play and beat the other Andrew. The book is a good mystery and has lots of suspense.
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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 Aug. 1 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 10 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for Andrew
My book is about a character who finds a sick boy, and that the boy was from the future. Andrew's sister, and John thought they were going to live a long long time, and that... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2001
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