NICK OF TIME by Anne Lindbergh


Age Range: 10 - 14
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 With its earnestly wholesome principles, the progressive little school in Alcott, N.H., could have been designed by Bronson Alcott himself; but despite the idealistic pedantry of its founder/headmaster (who prefers the title ``Fugleman''), what goes on among its eight pupils (who are markedly smarter than their ``mentors'' [teachers]) is farce. A simple plot serves as vehicle for the ironic wit of 13-year-old Jericho's narrative: After Nick, a boy from the year 2094, appears, the kids find that they can pass through a height chart on the kitchen wall into his time, where amusingly satirical misconceptions about their school and lifestyle abound. Although this future is no Utopia--it's so crowded that the natural world has virtually disappeared--Alison, whose deadbeat mom proposes to make a career for Alison promoting ``Curly Girl'' (a chain of teen beauty parlors), opts instead for the artificial life of 2094. A lot of the humor here is barbed (the future US has no president because it's become impossible to elect one with any personality); but the story's dark undercurrents make its effervescent humor gleam more brightly: What may be Lindbergh's last book (she died last year) is her funniest. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-316-52629-0
Page count: 204pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1994


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