John Adams and the Magic Bobblehead is the second in the series, The President and Me, featuring modern-day kids who travel back and forth in time and meet the presidents!
What’s it about? Adventure, history, and the drama of family life intertwine in this engrossing tale of a fifth-grade girl struggling to find her place after her mom remarries and she finds herself stuck with a younger stepbrother. Find out what happens when Ava and her newly blended family take a trip to Boston, where she buys a magic bobblehead and is unexpectedly transported to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As Ava and her stepbrother, J. P., travel back and forth with John and Abigail Adams and their children, from Massachusetts, to Philadelphia, to the White House, to France, she learns about history, friendship, and how to deal with new situations, including her recently blended family. This sequel to The President and Me: George Washington and the Magic Hat features some of the same characters.
What have readers said about it? “Deborah Kalb has written a dizzying, exhilarating romp through history with John Adams as a spirited bobblehead – yes, the same John who adores his independent Abigail, hates being stuffed in a toybox and always has grand ideas about the future of his country. A perfect choice to spark an interest in important Americans who usually seem far-removed and boring.” –Karen Leggett Abouraya, author of Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books
“A spirited talking souvenir, in the shape of a John Adams bobblehead, makes for a whimsical time machine in this fun tale of ten-year-old Ava and her eight-year-old stepbrother J.P. Like the figurine’s bobbling head, Deborah Kalb’s narrative moves between the 18th century and the present day. The story captures Ava’s struggles to become part of a blended family, at the same time she experiences first-hand what life was like for Adams and his family as the United States struggled to be born. Until the conflicts of those two worlds merge, and Ava’s feelings for her new brother transcends time.” –J.H. Diehl, author of Tiny Infinities
George Washington and the Magic Hat is the first in the series, The President and Me.
What’s it about? Adventure, history, and the drama of school life intertwine in this engrossing tale of a fifth-grade boy struggling to find his place after his best friend abandons him. Find out what happens when Sam’s class takes a trip to Mount Vernon, where he accidentally buys a bossy three-cornered hat that sweeps him off to the eighteenth century and a warm friendship with George and Martha Washington. As Sam travels back and forth between his present-day life and incredible adventures with George Washington, he learns about history, himself, and the nature of friendship and families.
What have readers said about it? “A surprising story about friendship–and growing up–that will touch your heart, make you laugh, and keep you turning the pages. An amazing (and fun-filled) introduction to George Washington and his life and times, to boot. For fans of time travel, history buffs, and all who love good story-telling.”–Kem Knapp Sawyer, author of DK Biography: Abigail Adams.
“Funny, engaging, and historically intriguing, this book delightfully weaves together magic, sports, history, and the challenges of friendships into a fast-paced and entertaining read. Deborah Kalb has written a book that kids will find playful and relevant, and that grownups will want to borrow.”–Jill Vialet, founder and CEO of Playworks and author of Recess Rules