Wright on Time®: Iowa, Book 6 by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley


Nadia and Aidan continue their RV adventure with a trip to visit cousins in their dad’s home state of Iowa—just in time for Halloween and Nadia’s birthday! Nadia loves having time to document their discoveries about the Time Tuner. Aidan wants to sword fight with corn.

But what’s a “Wright on thyme”? How does a turtle get to be a Prince? How can you get lost inside a computer? And just what freaky weird Halloween tricks will the Time Tuner play on them?

6th book in the Wright on Time series
Written by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle
Published: October 4, 2013
ISBN: 193784806X
ISBN-13: 978-1937848064
LCCN: 2013935885
Retail price: $12.99
Pages: 162
Genre: Chapter book

Available in printed and digital formats.



Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley

Travel along with two homeschooling kids and their parents in Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1.

Nadia and Aidan’s first stop in their RV adventures lands them in the caves of the Arizona desert. Nadia wants to find minerals and see the rock formations, while Aidan is anxious to check out the bats. Along with their parents, Stephanie and Harrison, the kids go exploring and learn lots of great information about the area and the caves.

Join the Wright family in their first adventure that involves a mysterious rock, an unknown glowing object in the wall, some strange voices, and a stale egg mite. 

I’m impressed with the first book in the Wright on Time Series by Lisa Cottrell-Bentley.  The premise of being a traveling homeschooling family offers the opportunity for many interesting and fun adventures.  While some books that attempt to educate and entertain sacrifice plot and natural dialogue in order to devulge information, Cottrell-Bentley does a superb job of making the discoveries lead to bits of information and the surrounding conversations are both engaging and flow naturally.

I liked seeing the parents so involved in the storyline.  Though the premise helps this along, some kid’s books have parents that play such an insignificant role that you can almost forget they have parents.  I also felt that Tanja Bauerle’s illustrations added a great deal to this book, allowing me to visually get to know these characters.

The only disappointment was that the level of conflict was a bit lower than I like to see.  I can’t share many details without the risk of disclosing too much of the plot, but what I can say is that while there was conflict, it was too easily resolved for me.  This would not, however, prevent me from reading additional books in the series.

This book should be a huge hit with homeschooling parents and their children, but also with readers who enjoy fun, traveling adventures that allow them to explore their world from the comfort of their own room.  I hope I’ll get a chance to read more Wright on Time books  to see where the Wright family ends up next.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Do Life Right, Inc.
  • ISBN-10: 0982482906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982482902
  • SRP:  $12.99
  • In case you missed it, Lisa provided an excellent article titled “7 Ways to Make this Winter’s Family Vacation More Fun for the Whole Family” in November .  You can find it here.

    Bookmark & Share

    7 Ways to Make this Winter’s Family Vacation More Fun for the Whole Family by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley

    Today’s guest blogger is Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley, author of the Wright on Time series. Lisa has been writing since she was a child, winning her first writing contest at age 9. She’s been writing professionally since 2002. Lisa is an active member of RWA and SCBWI. 

    Lisa and her daughters spent many hours searching for children’s books about homeschoolers, but found very few. So, they decided to create their own. As they discussed their dream storylines, the Wright on Time series took shape. While they haven’t found any mysterious devices yet, they have done lots of field research trying out many of the activities described in these books. 

    Lisa lives and learns while writing in southern Arizona with her husband Greg, two happy always homeschooled daughters Zoë and Teagan, and three cats. Her desire is for all people to live their own personal dreams, now and for always. 

    “7 Ways to Make this Winter’s Family Vacation More Fun for the Whole Family” by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley 

    Parents are finding vacations taxing and stressful these days, especially when their children are small.  “Vacationing with children doesn’t have to be hard or stress-inducing,” says Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley, author of children’s chapter book Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1. “Traveling with children can make some of the best vacation memories you’ll ever have.” 

    Cottrell-Bentley offers the following tips for making family vacations more enjoyable: 

    • Use online resources to look up family friendly tourist attractions and restaurants before you get to your destination.
    • Pack surprises for the kids. New audio books, books, portable video games (DS, PSP, etc.), journals with special pens, and other small toys. Go ahead and wrap them! It helps prolong the experience. The Wright on Time books are great for this! J
    • Have a list of potential activities planned for each day, but be prepared to do none of them.  Choose ones which you think your kids will like.  This keeps things interesting, and assures that no one will be bored.  It’s alright to only do one thing a day – drop off the items that don’t interest anyone and be flexible enough to know when even one activity is too much.  Even kids appreciate days where nothing is a “have to”.
    • Keep some activity choices a surprise and have your children help plan the rest.  They want to be involved, yet surprises can be fun.
    • Make sure the overall vacation has at least one activity planned for each person in your family. Don’t leave out Dad just because he’s not a kid!
    • Take lots of snacks.  This is the one area where you can’t overpack. Sometimes kids (and parents) are grumpy just because they are hungry. Make the snacks healthy ones – e.g. homemade trail mix, whole grain cereals, and water.
    • Be sure to give everyone a chance to take some photographs.  It’s nice to have pictures of everyone on a trip and the perspective of kids can be fun. You’ll quickly see things through their perspective when they are behind the lens. 

    Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 gives fun ideas for activities to do while caving with children. Each Wright on Time book brings the excitement of different states straight into the homes and hearts of children. At www.wrightontimebooks.com, parents and children can read about family fun things to do in all the states and submit their own findings for other people to know about. Games and puzzles for the states can be found, too, which make great printouts for long roadtrips.

    Look for our review of Wright on Time:  Arizona, Book 1 coming soon!

    Bookmark & Share