Time Trapped by Richard Ungar – Blog Tour Interview & $25 Giveaway!

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9780399254864_large_Time_TrappedTime Trapped

The high-octane sequel to Time Snatchers.

Caleb thought he’d escaped Uncle’s clutches and could have a normal life in 1968, but no such luck. After being forcibly returned to Timeless Treasures and his old job of stealing valuable objects from the past, he learns that things have gotten even more sinister. Training the new kidnapped recruits doesn’t seem very important to Frank, Uncle’s evil lackey, even though a few of these kids have amazing thieving skills and genius for new technology. But then Caleb figures out it’s because Frank doesn’t plan on keeping them around very long – or keeping them alive.

Stakes are high for all of the time snatchers. If only Caleb can convince the new ones to stop having fun with the technology and use it to save their own lives.

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Praise for Time Trapped
“Ungar’s follow-up to Time Snatchers (2012) offers more exceptionally good world building and character development—along with heaps of suspense…” – Booklist Online


“In the exciting follow-up to Time Snatchers (Putnam, 2012), Caleb has been pulled back into Uncle’s band of time-travelling thieves—snatchers, as they call themselves. …Readers of the first volume will certainly be interested in the continuing saga. Captivating characters, including a computer with human DNA convinced she is not a computer, and technological prodigies enhance the plot.” – VOYA Magazine


richard ungar smallAuthor Richard Ungar

I was born in Montreal, Quebec. When I was young I wanted to be either an artist or a lawyer when I grew up. Now that I am almost grown up I still can’t decide between the two. So I do both.


I also like to write and began writing stories to have something to go with my pictures. But now I just write…even without pictures.


Three of my four picture books (the “Rachel” series) take place in the mythic village of Chelm. Once you have visited Chelm, it is very hard to leave. You see, the people there are very silly. And, when you spend half your day being a serious lawyer, silliness is welcome.


I’m very excited about my latest project. It’s a middle grade science fiction/time travel adventure series, published by G.P Putnam’s Sons. The first novel in the series, published in 2012, is called Time Snatchers and the sequel, published on September 26, 2013, is called Time Trapped.


I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of time travel and I wanted to write about it. In its earliest stages, Time Snatchers started as a writing exercise in one of Peter Carver’s writing classes. The exercise was to write a story based on one of the images in Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book, “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”. I chose the picture called “Another Place, Another Time” showing children riding a sail-propelled handcar along a railway track that seemed to go on forever. For whatever reason, that picture screamed “Time Travel” to me.


I did quite a bit of historical research for both my middle grade books which was a lot of fun. In researching Time Snatchers I learned a lot about ancient China, including how to fire porcelain in a kiln. For Time Trapped, a trip to Scotland in 2012, taught me much about Scottish history, people and customs that I wove into my novel.


I’ve been asked which I like better – painting or writing. That is a tough question to answer. They are both important to me and I derive different but equal amounts of satisfaction from both. I have many ideas in my head for future picture books as well as novels.


The other thing I love to do is present my books to children, including doing storytellings. I’ve made author visits to most of the major cities in Canada and have also done readings in New York City, Tucson, Arizona and Shanghai, China. Connecting with my readers is one of the things I love most most about being a children’s author.


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Published Works


Time Trapped, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013)

Time Snatchers, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2012

Even Higher, Tundra Books, 2007

Rachel’s Library, Tundra Books, 2004

Rachel’s Gift, Tundra Books, 2003

Rachel Captures the Moon, Tundra Books, 2001


Honours and Awards?
? 2013 One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, New York for Time Snatchers
? 2012 Year’s Best, Resource Links Magazine for Time Snatchers
? 2012 Booklist, Starred Review for Time Snatchers

? 2009 Storytellers World Resource Award for Even Higher
? 2007 National Jewish Book Award for Even Higher
? 2007 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection for Even Higher
? 2004 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection for Rachel’s Library
? 2003 Notable Book for Younger Readers (Association of Jewish Libraries) for Rachel’s Gift
? 2003 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection for Rachel’s Gift
? 2002 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice selection for Rachel Captures the Moon
? 2001 Notable Book for Younger Readers (Association of Jewish Libraries) for Rachel Captures the Moon
? 2001 One of the Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, New York for Rachel Captures the Moon



1. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?


I’ve always wanted to fly. Sometimes I have dreams where I’m flying or just levitating. It feels really cool (in my dreams).

2. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?


Hot oatmeal with raisins and too much brown sugar (best eaten while flying…but not upside down).

3. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?


I’m working on a picture book right now which is fun because I get to draw and paint. I have also begun writing a first draft of another middle grade novel (not related to the Time Snatchers series).

4. What inspired you to want to become a writer?


When I first started out, I didn’t think of myself as “wanting to become a writer”. It felt more like I was an illustrator who wanted to write a few words to go with my illustrations. But lately, after finishing Time Snatchers and Time Trapped, I’m feeling more like a writer.

5. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.


Visiting schools and libraries and talking to kids about writing and drawing.

6. What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?


Write for yourself and not to please anyone else.

7. If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?


Italy during the Renaissance… I see myself as a painter in some royal court painting frescos on ceilings. But first I would time travel there to check it out and see if I could really live without Netflix.

8. When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?


An artist.

9. Who are your favorite authors of all time?


Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Richard Matheson.

10. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?


Absolutely, I can see parts of myself in Caleb except I would say I’m more of a wimp than he is (plus I have less hair).

11. Hidden talent?


I can do a mean crow call.

12. Favorite Food?


Chocolate cake.

13. What is your favorite children’s book?


Coraline by Neil Gaiman…although some may not call it a children’s book.

14. How do you react to a bad review?


Not well. I do find though that if I only read every third word the review gets much better.


15. What’s your favorite season/weather?


The fall… a time of change, the excitement of the first day of school (even though I don’t go anymore), cool days and nights, vivid colors.

16. How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?


A smoked meat sandwich and root beer delivered to my house from my favourite deli.
17. Favorite music?


Crosby Stills Nash and Young; Led Zeppelin

18. Favorite smell?


Fresh roasted coffee (which is really weird because I don’t drink coffee)

19. Do you prefer to write in silence or with music?


I prefer to write in silence but when I draw or paint I like to listen to classic rock.

20. Where do you write?


Mostly in the kitchen, but pretty much anywhere, including (sometimes) in the back seat of our car while my wife drives… I make a mini tent using my rain jacket with me and my laptop underneath so that way it blocks out the sun and I can see the screen while I type.


21. If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you?


I’d like to say yes, but the truth is no… I much prefer a dull, quiet existence.




This or That


Night owl, or early bird?


Night owl.
Print or Ebook?



Horror or Romance?



City or Country?



Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?


Planning ahead


PC or Mac?



Beach or Pool?


Pool (so I can swim laps)

Shoes or Sandals?



Introvert or Extrovert?


Introvert …except on Tuesdays.


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  1. This looks like a lot of fun adventure.

  2. that was a great interview! this sounds like such a great series!

  3. Congratulations to Richard-my fellow Canadian…. ??