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  • Title: The Trolley to Yesterday
  • Author: John Bellairs
  • ISBN: 9780553157956
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback

  • Why is Professor Childermass acting so strange Johnny Dixon and his friend Fergie decide to sneak over to the professor s house to investigate What they find is wilder than anything they could have imagined, for the professor leads them through a secret cellar door and onto a rickety old trolley It s a time machine to yesterdays, and soon Johnny and Fergie are ofWhy is Professor Childermass acting so strange Johnny Dixon and his friend Fergie decide to sneak over to the professor s house to investigate What they find is wilder than anything they could have imagined, for the professor leads them through a secret cellar door and onto a rickety old trolley It s a time machine to yesterdays, and soon Johnny and Fergie are off on the ride of their lives to Constantinople during the Turkish invasion of 1453 As the Byzantine Empire prepares for battle, the professor decides to try to save the people hiding in the Church of the Holy Wisdom But Johnny and Fergie Desperate to stop him, have hitched a ride, recklessly unaware that they risk their lives and risk being lost in the pastr
    John Bellairs
    John Bellairs 1938 1991 was an American novelist working primarily in the Gothic genre He is best known for the children s classic The House with a Clock in its Walls 1973 and for the pathbreaking fantasy novel The Face in the Frost 1969 Bellairs held a bachelor s degree from Notre Dame University and a master s in English from the University of Chicago He combined writing and teaching from 1963 to 1971, including a year at Shimer College that coincided with that school s storied Grotesque Internecine Struggle After 1971, he took up writing as his full time work from Shimer College Wiki


    I loved all John Bellairs books as a kid & teen, including this one. Reading it again, I was surprised to realize how willy-nilly the plot is and how broadly the characters are painted. The protagonists--an elderly professor and two teenage boys in 1950s Massachusetts--spend most of the story being diverted from their goal, which is to travel back in time and stop 15th century Turkish invaders from killing residents of Constantinople who have taken refuge in the Hagia Sophia (a famous church [...]

    Nate D
    I read every Bellairs book in print at the time over the course of fifth grade, and this was my favorite. I think I appreciated the historical grounding. And, you know, the crazy time travel adventures back to the fall of Constantinople.I have a sneaking suspician that the characters would seem pretty flat now, and that the historical accuracy wasn't exactly amazing, but you know what still holds up? The Edward Gorey artwork gracing the covers of all of these, which was my introduction to him.

    This is not one of the better Bellair's novels. It was ok, but I though it was a little far-fetched and had potential to be much more interesting. There was also a character that kind of appeared out of nowhere and there was little explanation for his presence.

    My favorite part was when Johnny, Fergie, the professor, and Mr. Townsend all made it back to their own time safely. My least favorite part was when Fergie wanted to travel in time behind the professor's back. My favorite character was Brewster, because he was very helpful when they needed, even if he wasn't there to help at all times. My least favorite character was Fergie, because he kept doing things that were dangerous, and things that he could have gotten into trouble for.

    Susan Honthumb
    loved the characters. learned a little about history. great chase scenes.

    Ea Solinas
    Time travel in fantasy is now such a cliche that it's a bit hard to write anything original about it. But John Bellairs managed. "Trolley to Yesterday" has a bunch of intriguing twists and unexpected events -- and while it doesn't have as much supernatural content or scary bits, it still is an enjoyable read.Professor Childermass is acting even more oddly than usual, which is saying something. When Fergie and Johnny try to investigate his weird behavior (including sand on his carpet and talking [...]

    Johnny Dixon and his eccentric friend, Professor Childermass, are back! This time, they get mixed up in time travel, which leads them on a wacky adventure to the fall of Constantinople. And, honestly, "wacky" really is the operative word for this book. Compared to the previous Bellairs books, this one really seems disjointed and more like a weird gothic sci-fi "buddy comedy" than the expected creepy gothic storylines. (Part of this is the strange addition of an Egyptian god as a minor character, [...]

    There was a time when I was a kid that I really really REALLY loved John Bellairs. Aside from the Edward Gorey photos, I really connected with Bellairs' characters who were misanthropic and sort of sad, but usually able to connect and find odd untraditional friendships. Bellairs was also a crackerjack creepy storyteller with a talent for an end-of-chapter cliffhanger. I spent many days as a kid reading his books, starting with The Mummy, The Will, and The Crypt and working my way through 'em all [...]

    This is one of those *those* books for me. I dragged my feet about reading chapter books on my own as a kid because I loved comics (grew up on Asterix and Carl Barks' work) and my parents read chapter books to me at night (I was a bit lazy). When I finally felt pressured enough in our extremely book-heavy family to pick up a real chapter book it was some horrible thing about young kids solving a crime.Luckily the second chapter book I read was Trolley to Yesterday. It was exciting, spooky, and i [...]

    One of my favorite Bellairs books, this and Eyes of the Killer Robot were what finally got me to pay attention to whiney ol' Johnny Dixon and his curmudgeonly friend 'Prof' and Fergie. Who never chooses not to use the phrase "Johnny-baby". Even in 50s Michigan that wouldn't fly. yway, the Professor has been acting unusual, because he's found a time-traveling trolley-car that goes to, among other uninteresting places, Constantinople! In the year 1453! this information. Veerry interesting, hmm?We [...]

    JustinK. Rivers
    An interesting departure for Bellairs, eschewing the macabre flavor of his other books. Trolley is a comedic adventure in time travel, and has the makings of a classic Doctor Who serial, with lots of imprisonments and narrow escapes from savage hoards. Bellairs' humorous side works well here, and the lighter tone is fun without relinquishing tension. The weakness here is that all the obstacles are, well, obstacles, and not deeper conflict. I particularly enjoy the surreal details at work, which [...]

    those splendid moments of youth, spent in utter awe of the discovery of worlds seemingly more extravagant then our own, is amongst the most precious of gifts. it can only serve the soul in a most profound and deserving way to reread the books of our adolescenceter being unable to locate this for many years, a dear friend sent me an ex-library copy (with touching gift inscription) for the holidays. it has been the better part of two decades since i last thumbed its pages. my sense of the magic &a [...]

    I remember loving the incredibly spooky Bellairs books I read as a kid, all from the Louis B. series, but I never read any others, so I don't know how spooky or scary a kid would find this one, or whether I'd find those other books spooky now. The book had a slow start and I almost put it down. It did get more exciting but it was choppy, and would probably be hard to follow for a kid who didn't know the relevant history, which would include the Crusades, the fall of Constantinople to the Turks, [...]

    I'm so upset that I didn't like this book. I loved this author when I was young and wanted to reread one of my old favorites. When I got halfway through, I doubted I'd actually read this book when I was younger, but it was just the first one by him I saw at the library available for check out. Anyway, if you don't mind completely inconceivable plot lines, potentially incorrect historical references and poorly established characters, then maybe this is for you or maybe if you're 10 like I was whe [...]

    David Serxner
    I bought this in paperback when it first came out--which was after I had taken my class on Byzantine art in 1993, so it was neat to recognise things that we had discussed in class in the book. I was not sure how I would like the continuation of the Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass series of books. Like the Anthony Monday books these get a little predictable in terms of people doubting Johnny. I am still not a fan of Fergie, he just has not grown on me. Still, good books, well paced, and a [...]

    Britt Holewinski
    I loved John Bellairs growing uphis books were so hard to put down, even for the pre-teen that I was! But Trolley to yesterday was my favorite, more historical than supernatural. Truly a fun book that I should read again as an adult. For all you parents out there with kids who love to read (or not), do them a favor and give them a John Bellairs bookart with the Johnny Dixon series, it's the best of the three (Lewis Barnavelt and Anthony Monday being the other two major character series).

    Joanna Tang
    I thought this book was great. The way the author wrote it made it different. Something I liked was how the author added a twist in the middle and how it connected with history. I wish the author added more details about the characters' personality. This book reminded me of wars because it was about going back in time to help a country. I would recommend this book because it is interesting and unpredictable.

    This book was less scary and more action thrills in nature, the ghosts this time around were benign helping to save Johnny's life rather than end it. Overall, for the history nerd, it's a decent representation of the last days of Constaninople on a level that kids can grasp. There are realistic levels of violence, fanaticism and fear as the heroes race around trying to save their lives and the lives of a group of people trapped by the violence.

    I've been meaning to revisit this book for years. Of all the Bellairs books, I think this is the only one that I actually owned, although I read most, if not all, of the others. I remember the beautiful Gorey cover with purple trim very distinctly. Unfortunately, it turns out that this book just isn't that good. It's kind of a fun idea - Connie Willis for elementary schoolers, but the story is a bit weak--and not just because it's meant for children.

    I love Bellairs' scary mysteries. I loved them as a child, too. They were just scary enough so I would make a running leap for the bed in the darkened room, but not scary enough to keep me awake. I also feel like he takes his young characters seriously. That even when the young mind is passionately irrational, it is still real.I read the copy with Edward Gorey's perfect illustrations. Really, he's the perfect choice.

    Lisa Kucharski
    This story certainly is a departure from the previous books in this series. The main thrust was supernatural mysteries, and this one could be considered sci-fi adventure. The main problem I had with this was the "convenience" of magic that popped out of no where to help them plus the story felt like we were just watching one thing happen after the other, with no real meaning to it.

    Heather Jackson
    Time traveling trolleyThis is the first of the Johnny Dixon books I don't remember reading when I was growing up, meaning I must have read them before this was published in 1989. All of these editions have had distracting editing errors, but the stories remain solid and enjoyable.

    its really wonderful book. this is my first-english-novel i've evere read. (hhe maaf norak)the story about two boy and an odd old man. They traveling time with a trolley that they found in old man's house. If you want to upgrade your knowledge about the history this is a good book for sure.

    Wendy A
    My least favorite so far of Bellairs' books. Seemed to be a bit disjointed, an his normal characters even appeared stilted. Definitely not one of his creepier works, and I always find myself recommending him to those in search of grade school horror, so this would probably be a miss for them

    Fun read aloud with my 9 yr old. Will said he thought it was historical fiction. There are elements of history, but in the end I think it's science fiction. Ghost knights, time travel, magical transportation. Could almost be fantasy too.

    Grades 4+. One of my favorite Bellairs!

    Author sued the makers of the Back to the Future series because it is so close to this series of books. Can see why he sued. Very similliar.

    Richard Denney
    thoughts to come

    My misspent youth.

    Oh, I remember this from my childhood with so much fondness! It was what probably inspired my interest in quantum physics and the Byzantine empire. Fun times.

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