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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS comes the second book in an action-packed middle grade series with equal parts humor and heart ! When Finn is saved from the Time Rangers by an older version of himself, it comes with a catch. Old Man Finn needs Finn and his friends, Lincoln and Julep, to help him win battles he lost From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS comes the second book in an action-packed middle grade series with equal parts humor and heart ! When Finn is saved from the Time Rangers by an older version of himself, it comes with a catch. Old Man Finn needs Finn and his friends, Lincoln and Julep, to help him win battles he lost years ago against the Paradox, a terrible creatures obsessed with revenge against Finn's father. If they succeed, he promises to tell Finn where his father is. He even gives them a pair of time-traveling pajamas to help them with their quest. There's only one problem. The pajamas malfunction almost immediately. Along the way the kids avoid being eaten by sabretooths, shot by revolutionary war soldiers, and start a war with a town full of holograms, all in an effort to fix the jammies. Just when their goal is in sight, Julep gets sick. Only...it doesn't seem like she's sick. It seems like she's changing. The adventure may cost Finn more than an old pair of pajamas--it may cost him his friends!


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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS comes the second book in an action-packed middle grade series with equal parts humor and heart ! When Finn is saved from the Time Rangers by an older version of himself, it comes with a catch. Old Man Finn needs Finn and his friends, Lincoln and Julep, to help him win battles he lost From the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and NERDS comes the second book in an action-packed middle grade series with equal parts humor and heart ! When Finn is saved from the Time Rangers by an older version of himself, it comes with a catch. Old Man Finn needs Finn and his friends, Lincoln and Julep, to help him win battles he lost years ago against the Paradox, a terrible creatures obsessed with revenge against Finn's father. If they succeed, he promises to tell Finn where his father is. He even gives them a pair of time-traveling pajamas to help them with their quest. There's only one problem. The pajamas malfunction almost immediately. Along the way the kids avoid being eaten by sabretooths, shot by revolutionary war soldiers, and start a war with a town full of holograms, all in an effort to fix the jammies. Just when their goal is in sight, Julep gets sick. Only...it doesn't seem like she's sick. It seems like she's changing. The adventure may cost Finn more than an old pair of pajamas--it may cost him his friends!

39 review for Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Love this goofy time travel series, but it's a little young for my readers (Finn is nine.). Would definitely buy for an elementary library, and hope to someday be the model for the holographic librarian at my school! E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Love this goofy time travel series, but it's a little young for my readers (Finn is nine.). Would definitely buy for an elementary library, and hope to someday be the model for the holographic librarian at my school!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sirah

    Michael Buckley is slowly becoming a name in middle grade fiction. While I didn't really love his previous series, the Sisters Grimm, the Finniverse series has been a lot of fun so far. Buckley so far has shown a talent for action and humorous scenes, and the Time-Traveling Pajamas is replete with both. The characters are believable, even if they aren't very well developed, and the story line comes together with remarkable cleverness despite its many twists. While this one won't be going on my f Michael Buckley is slowly becoming a name in middle grade fiction. While I didn't really love his previous series, the Sisters Grimm, the Finniverse series has been a lot of fun so far. Buckley so far has shown a talent for action and humorous scenes, and the Time-Traveling Pajamas is replete with both. The characters are believable, even if they aren't very well developed, and the story line comes together with remarkable cleverness despite its many twists. While this one won't be going on my favorites shelf, I know some young people who will definitely find this a good read, and I'm looking forward to the next installment in the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Forest

    Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas is the second book in the Finniverse middle grade series. The first book is entitled Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox. So in case the covers don't give it away already, it's safe to say Finn Foley has had some strange adventures in his young life so far. The second book references events from the first but doesn't rely on them so heavily that a reader couldn't pick the story up here. Having returned from traveling across the universe with his friends Lincol Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas is the second book in the Finniverse middle grade series. The first book is entitled Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox. So in case the covers don't give it away already, it's safe to say Finn Foley has had some strange adventures in his young life so far. The second book references events from the first but doesn't rely on them so heavily that a reader couldn't pick the story up here. Having returned from traveling across the universe with his friends Lincoln and Julep, Finn now finds himself face-to-face with a group of Time Rangers, who accuse him and his friends of a range of crimes and want to lock them up. Thankfully, the trio is saved by the future version of Finn himself, who has a favor to ask. Old Man Finn has been fighting a monster known as Paradox all across the space-time condominium. He believes there are three key battles which, had he been given just a bit more of an edge, could have gone differently and ultimately turned the tide of war in Old Man Finn's favor. If the setup sounds serious in comparison to the title, well, it actually is. Yes, it's a little goofy that Finn's time machine is in the form of a pair of pajamas, but other than that, the book got much darker than I expected. Rather than leaning towards younger middle grade, where the problems tend to be sillier with lighter consequences, Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas plants itself firmly in the center of the age range. The characters run into real life-or-death situations, both for themselves and those they care about. In fact, I wished the book leaned a bit more into the light and fun. The rules about time are a bit vague, and there's a lot of scenes with the trio of friends getting emotionally pummeled by their situation. At times, there's not even a clear path for them to fix things until a separate event throws them a lifeline. I'm all for characters getting in trouble. In fact, the more, the better. But watching them be lost and hopeless is less fun. The story doesn't focus solely on Finn and his friends. Finn's sister gets a subplot with some heartfelt moments about "childish" interests conflicting with her desire to grow up. One of the adult characters also gets a POV in this book, though I confess their motivations seemed a little weak compared to others'. I wanted so much to get totally absorbed in this book, and there was plenty I enjoyed--particularly some of the surprising turns at the end. I just didn't completely fall in love with it the way I had hoped. Clearer time-travel rules and stronger paths forward for the characters would have gone a long way. But I'm definitely open to giving more of Michael Buckley's books a try. One minor addendum: I noticed some of the events described in the back blurb don't occur until pretty late in the story. It's certainly not anything I would fault the author for, but it seemed worthy of note for those debating about picking up this series based on the blurb. Rating: 3 out of 5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bexa

    This is the second book in the Finniverse series. Full disclosure, I did not read the first one and did not realize this was part of a series until I started reading it. Doesn't matter though, Buckley provides enough details and background information that a middle grader could pick this up and start reading it with no problem or confusion to the story. Finn, Julep, and Lincoln all go on a time traveling adventure thanks to a special cowboy patterned pajamas. Jumping through time, Finn and his f This is the second book in the Finniverse series. Full disclosure, I did not read the first one and did not realize this was part of a series until I started reading it. Doesn't matter though, Buckley provides enough details and background information that a middle grader could pick this up and start reading it with no problem or confusion to the story. Finn, Julep, and Lincoln all go on a time traveling adventure thanks to a special cowboy patterned pajamas. Jumping through time, Finn and his friends are trying to set some things right that went wrong from the last book. Again, even though I didn't read book one, this book provides brief recaps of events from that book, so you're not missing information from it (though I should go read it because it sounds fun). While I, as an adult, would like more character development, this is perfect for those preteens who want fun characters and don't need to know a life story to go with them. This isn't the end of the road either, everything is up in the air, and when book three comes out we will find if Finn, Julep, and Lincoln actually survive. Looking forward to it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Keepers of the Books

    While being chased by the Time Rangers, Finn’s future self, jumps in to save him. With the help of his friends, Lincoln and Julep, future Finn needs present-day Finn to jump in time and do what he does best, cause destruction. The more destruction the causes throughout the times, the better chance his future self can save the universe and time from the time-traveling monster, Paradox. If present day Finn succeeds, his future self will tell him how to find his missing father. If he fails, Finn wi While being chased by the Time Rangers, Finn’s future self, jumps in to save him. With the help of his friends, Lincoln and Julep, future Finn needs present-day Finn to jump in time and do what he does best, cause destruction. The more destruction the causes throughout the times, the better chance his future self can save the universe and time from the time-traveling monster, Paradox. If present day Finn succeeds, his future self will tell him how to find his missing father. If he fails, Finn will be labeled a time criminal. To jump through time, he uses a pair of pajamas, but the pajamas malfunction and the trio get stranded in time. Can they fix the pajamas and save the universe and time? Can Finn find his father? The plot is engaging, fast-paced, and action-packed. The characters are realistic and easy to relate to. Fans of science fiction, time travel, heroes, and adventure will enjoy reading this book. Grades 5 to 9, 4 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Finn is rescued from the time rangers by his older self, but than finds he must help get rid of Paradox to save the ones he loves even if it means losing them as well. But when his special cowboy pj's get a hole in them Finn and his friends time travel all over time. I enjoyed this book so much the wonderful places the little group gets to see and the history they learn and recall from all these cool places, despite the danger they encounter in each spot it would still be cool to see these places Finn is rescued from the time rangers by his older self, but than finds he must help get rid of Paradox to save the ones he loves even if it means losing them as well. But when his special cowboy pj's get a hole in them Finn and his friends time travel all over time. I enjoyed this book so much the wonderful places the little group gets to see and the history they learn and recall from all these cool places, despite the danger they encounter in each spot it would still be cool to see these places. The characters work well each other and the book has so much action and suspense it should keep anyone's interest and reading past their bedtime.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  9. 5 out of 5

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  10. 4 out of 5

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  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan H.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Johnson

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pat (Pat Reads A Lot) Tierney

  14. 5 out of 5

    morrisonfamily

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Moynihan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Wilcox

  18. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark Rosenau

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Jewett

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

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  36. 4 out of 5

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  37. 4 out of 5

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  39. 4 out of 5

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