The Adventures of
(Paperback; 9780825307867; $9.99; Beaufort Books; Age Range: 8-12; Grade Range: 3-7).
Recommended by National Geographic for older elementary kids interested in national parks and as a read aloud for younger kids.
The Adventures of Bubba Jones makes Backpacker Magazine’s‘Five Adventure Books You Need To Read This Summer.’
Tommy "Bubba Jones" and his sister Jenny "Hug-a-Bug" learn more about the Great Smoky Mountain National Park than they ever thought they would when Papa Lewis lets them in on a family secret: The family has legendary time traveling skills! With these abilities, Bubba Jones and Hug-a-Bug travel back in time and meet the park’s founders, its earliest settlers, native Cherokee Indians, wild animals, extinct creatures and what the park was like millions of years ago. With this time traveling ability also comes a family mystery but the only person who can help solve the mystery is a long lost relative who lives somewhere in the park. Explore the Smokies with Bubba Jones and family in a whole new way.
“[One of the] Top Five Adventure Books You Need To Read... Alt blends backpacking with “The Magic Tree House.” Bubba Jones and his family have the ability to travel through time. They use these powers to explore Great Smoky Mountain National Park, from its early settlers, to its logging days, to its park inauguration. This clever spin on children’s outdoor literature is sure to make every kid want to hit the trail.”
─Catherina Leipold, Backpacker Magazine
"It has been said by many librarians that the Harry Potter books of the recent past--with their creative character development and imaginative plots--brought youngsters back to reading books. In that same light, Jeff Alt's creative new book, The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through the Great Smoky Mountains, holds the promise of bringing kids back to nature and the great outdoors. Alt, a fine writer and a skilled outdoorsman, has created a wonder world for young readers in this lively historical fiction set in the misty peaks and hollows of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Blending geology, biology, history, fantasy and outdoor adventure, Alt's endearing characters take young readers on a magical "time-travel" through the Smokies. Along the way, they'll have a cracking good read while also learning a lot. And that's what historical fiction, for young and old, is all about."
─Arthur McDade, Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranger (ret.), and the author of Old Smoky Mountain Days, The Natural Arches of the Big South Fork, and a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Appalachia
"Jeff creatively weaves a tale of discovery by integrating the cultural and natural history of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park into a family’s hiking adventures to the major interest points in the park. Readers are captivated as they travel through time to experience the thrill of outdoor discovery and natural history of the park along the trails, giving them the information necessary to replicate their own Great Parks adventure."
─Carol Ogden, Elementary Science Teacher
“The use of ‘time travel’ in the Great Smokies is certainly a new idea, and I find it to be a delightful way to interpret the area, and a method of factual presentation which captures the reader's interest most effectively. It is evident that Jeff Alt has done exhaustive research, and has presented the characters truthfully, and with respect. The Adventures of Bubba Jones holds the reader's interest, and makes one not want to put it down. The family characters that Jeff Alt created show a sincere, genuine, and respectful interest in the people that they meet in time travel. I like the discussion questions that are presented. They stand to be an outstanding educational tool for teachers.”
─Joe Kelley, Great Smoky Mountains National Park ranger (ret.) and co-author of Meigs Line.
"Very highly recommended for school and community libraries for young readers ages 8 to 12."
─Midwest Book Review
by Jeff Alt with illustrations by Hannah Tuohy
After Inheriting legendary time travel skills from their Papa Lewis, Tommy "Bubba Jones," and his sister Jenny "Hug-a-Bug," embark on a Shenandoah National Park adventure to solve a family mystery. From the moment they reach the park entrance, the excitement begins. They travel back in time hundreds, thousands, and millions of years and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species, the areas first inhabitants, past presidents, former park residents, and some of the park founders. They travel deep into mountain hollows, up onto Talus mountain slopes, and discover more about Shenandoah than they ever imagined. Explore Shenandoah National Park with Bubba Jones and family in a whole new way.
What People Are Saying
“In a book that begs to be read aloud to young children, Jeff Alt unveils the spirit (and spirits) of Shenandoah National Park. Kids are often fascinated with time travel, and Alt takes Bubba Jones, his sister, Jenny “Hug-A-Bug,” and their hiking family back in time to learn about geological events that shaped the mountains, discover how certain plants came to grow in the park, and marvel at the giant dinosaurs that once roamed the land. From moment to moment they never know what they will experience or who they may meet. Maybe it will be a chance to shake hands with Thomas Jefferson, jump into an ocean that no longer exists, or fish with Herbert Hoover. In addition, coded messages and a secret mission build anticipation for what will be revealed on the next page.”
─Leonard M. Adkins, the author of The Appalachian Trail: A Visitor’s Companion and 50 Hikes in Northern Virginia
“Jeff Alt’s new book The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park, is a fun and educational paperback for children and adults to enjoy, whether gathered around a campfire or just pretending to be! Alt weaves secret codes, historical time travel, strong family values, and adventure in an entertaining tale that promotes appreciation and respect for the great outdoors. It’s a wonderful book to start before a trip to Shenandoah, and finish during late afternoons or evenings in the Park. It would also make a superb classroom selection as preview to a field trip to Shenandoah National Park.”
─Karen Higgs, Teacher and Author of Big Meadows: A Place in Shenandoah National Park
Jeff Alt’s new book The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park, makes me want to pack my bags and head to the mountains to explore the great outdoors! Children and adults both will enjoy “time traveling” through Shenandoah National Park learning the historical facts of how it was before it became a park, and as it is now. You will enjoy meeting Native Americans, Presidents, CCC Boys, and wild animals. Growing up as a Boxcar Children’s fan I can see Jeff's series as doing the same thing. They pull you in – hook, line & sinker! I can't wait for his next adventure in another National Park!
─Terry Crider, Photographer, Big Meadows: A Place in Shenandoah National Park
“If your kids loved the Magic Treehouse books, they will LOVE this series too! Miss Grace devoured the book, and loved being able to read about animals and the park. She then had to regale me with different facts from the story! I always count that as a plus. If your child can tell you everything from a book, then obviously it took hold of their imagination and they liked it! Miss Grace already wants all the rest of the books in the series. The illustrations help to break up the chapter reading and are totally kid worthy! This is a great series that your child will love reading, and you will love having them read (you just might want to read it too!).
If you are a homeschooling parent, you will want to pick up EVERY book in this series, to add to your science, history and reading curriculums! There's even ways to add math and language! Each of the Bubba Jones books are filled with historical, ecological and scientific facts about the park in question, and its inhabitants, allowing you to use one book to cross spectrum topics. Plus, if you add in a little hiking and on-hand science experiments, the education from the book will really take root! Plus, each book includes a curriculum guide and discussion questions for each chapter, so it almost teaches your kids for you, LOL. With these books, you'll get books that are fun AND educational for your kids too.”
─Bless Their Hearts Mom Blog