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L. A. Campbell

Cartboy and the Time Capsule

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Cartboy and the Time Capsule by L. A. Campbell is a laugh-out-loud debut novel for young readers about sixth-grader Hal Rifkind-unfortunately nicknamed "Cartboy"-and his horribly historic, hilarious year.
Hal hates history class-it literally bores him to tears. But his father is a big history buff, and unless Hal gets a good grade this year, he'll never get his own room. Sixth grade gets off to a horrible start when history teacher Mr. Tupkin gives the class an assignment to write journals that will be buried in a time capsule at the end of the year. Things get even worse when his dad makes him take his neighbor's old shopping cart to school, earning him the nickname "Cartboy." What else could possibly go wrong? Read Hal's journal to find out!
Filled with photos, drawings, and timelines, Hal's time capsule journal chronicles a year in the life of the hopelessly hapless Cartboy.


Series Title
Cartboy Series
Tom Doherty Associates
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
L. A. Campbell
Cartboy and the Time Capsule
Publication Date
April, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.41 x 5.58 x 0.81 Inches

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A Fun Look at the Horror of Middle School!

Cartboy and the Time Capsule looks at the challenges of middle school through the eyes, and assignment of one Hal Rifkind, sixth grader. The book could be read by ages 8 and up with discussions including peer pressure, what to do when you get embarrassed, empathy, responsibility and mean kids. Hal's assignment is to write a journal to kids of the future which will be put into a time capsule and not opened for many years. Hal's journal entries are hilarious and reflect the point of view of your typical sixth grader trying too hard to make a name for himself while not humiliating himself. A true challenge for any sixth grader! The book is somewhat reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid in that we have the boy's POV and the journal includes illustrations and pictures. This is a charming and humorous look at being a sixth grader. You can find out more about the book and the author at


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