Time travel hook gets kids on trails

Hiking is a passion for author Jeff Alt, and his national park series is meant to stir that same passion in children.

On June 19, at 7 p.m., Alt will sign copies of his book “The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling through Acadia National Park” at Sherman’s bookstore on Main Street in Bar Harbor.

In the third book of his adventure series with Tommy “Bubba Jones,” Alt brought young readers around Mount Desert Island and through Acadia National Park in the past and the present.

Able to travel back in time, Bubba Jones and his sister, Jenny “Hug-a-Bug,” join members of their family who live in Bar Harbor to solve a mystery. With the use of an old notebook handed down through their family of time travelers, the two youths are able to transport back to times upon which the history of Acadia National Park was built.

Much like their adventures through Shenandoah and The Great Smoky Mountains, Bubba Jones and Hug-a-Bug learn about history, archeology, geography and environmental science. Readers can see places they visit, the trails in the park they hike and the times in history they visit using keys in the back of the book.

In writing the book, Alt did his homework to make learning fun for adults and children. My own curiosity was piqued as I turned the pages, but my 11-year-old niece turned her nose up at the simplicity of it all after having plowed through the Percy Jackson series.

Not only do readers learn about the cog railway that once traveled up Green Mountain, which was renamed Cadillac Mountain, they also learn who Robert Abbe and George Dorr were and what they did. Readers also can learn to search for glacial erratics and the animals, both land and sea, that can be spotted in our celebrated park.

“The illusion of time travel engages kids,” Alt said in a statement.

This is a great book for children looking to teach their parents a few historical facts about the island as their families traverse Acadia National Park.

Visit www.bubbajones.com.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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