I am trying to find a book I read in the late 90s.

It starts with this boy and his family moving into some relative's house. The boy finds a room of weird stuff, including a weird looking sword, a stuffed/mounted monster head, and a device that creates a portal to travel through time. The boy travels to a few different time periods, and at one point is in a battle between aliens and humans, and the aliens have disintegration guns. He is able to freeze time, and takes all the aliens' guns and lays them at the feet of the humans, and then unfreezes time.

Also, I believe the cover of the book had the boy falling/getting sucked into a swirl. Possibly mostly blue and white.

Any ideas?

Key Details:

  • long strange sword
  • stuffed monster head
  • cover was blue and white with vortex sucking in the boy
  • time travel device was some type of vest, or hung around his neck with controls on his chest
  • traveled to several time periods
  • had a black and white drawing inside near the end depicting an alien shooting a human, which caused the human to basically melt
  • the boy freezes time and steals all the aliens guns and gives them to the humans

UPDATE: Been thinking about this again, and I think the relative may have been the boy's future self. The sword and monster head are all gained by him throughout the book.


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I figured it out. The book is "The Windows of Forever", by John Morressy. I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy to double-check the details about the story, but the cover is almost exactly like I remember.

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Also, I found a short summary of it on http://www.fantasyliterature.com/fantasy-author/morressyjohn/

The Windows of Forever — (1975) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Shortly after moving into the home of an uncle who disappeared, Tommy falls through an opening into both a past and future time.

It only has a couple details, but they fit with the details I remember.

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    Note that you can accept your own answers by clicking the checkmark next to the voting buttons. Thanks for coming back to let us know what the story was!
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Apr 10, 2018 at 14:51
  • Thanks, I forgot to do that. I'm just glad I figured it out, it was driving me crazy! Apr 10, 2018 at 14:52
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    @forgivenson - Thanks for coming back to post the answer for the benefit of future seekers, especially for such an old question.
    – Otis
    Apr 10, 2018 at 17:11

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