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review 2016-03-07 19:34
NetGalley Review - Time Travelling with a Hamster
Time Travelling with a Hamster - Ross Welford

I’m not sure I’m any less baffled by time travel after reading this, but what a fun adventure of a story.

Time Travelling with a Hamster is packed full of mischief, adventure, family, friendship, grief, love, time travel, random facts, and of course, not forgetting the pet hamster.

This story also has a good mix of characters, but not too many to keep track of. I love Grandpa Byron. What an interesting character he is.

Despite me enjoying children’s books, this was perhaps a little young for me to fully fall in love with, but I did thoroughly enjoy it, and think it is a great book for teenagers and older children who are confident readers. Plus, this would make a fun story for parents to read to their children too.

I would like to thank the publisher, Harper Collins Children’s Books. for allowing me a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1519552385
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text 2016-02-16 12:06
A New Voice In Children's Fiction
Time Travelling with a Hamster - Ross Welford

This book has a really cracking opening paragraph:

 

My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve. The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn't been for his 'time machine'..."

 

And it pretty much carries on in the same vein.

 

It's the story of Al Chaudhury, a twelve year old mixed-race boy from North East England, who discovers his dead father's time machine (a laptop and a zinc bathtub) and sets off on a mission to prevent his dad having the accident that led to his death. Only, altering time is not a simple matter. You make a small mistake and everything goes haywire. Al makes more than one mistake.

 

Very funny and hugely readable with a likeable central character and a plot full of  twists and turns Time Travelling With A Hamster is a terrific piece of storytelling and a very impressive debut. And it's great to see a mixed-race Indian heritage boy at the centre of the action. I loved this.

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review 2016-02-14 07:50
Reasonable children’s book about time travel and families
Time Travelling with a Hamster - Ross Welford

 

 

In modern-day Tyneside, on his 12th birthday, Al gets given a letter from his father who had died a few years earlier. The letter invites him to use a time machine which will help to save his father’s life. Like a junior version of “The Butterfly Effect”, this does not go according to plan for most of the novel.

 

The book adds scientific insight to a sense of adventure as Al travels back to 1984. The characterisation is good and the novel is quite engaging. Anyone outside of the UK may have trouble with the Geordie dialect and references. The older child / young adult should enjoy it.

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text 2015-12-31 18:03
Books are our Time Machines

"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells

 

 

Books contain our memories, both imagined and real, subjective and collective, personal and general. They can not only show us our past but let us experience it through the intimate process of reading. It is not just history books, historical fiction or classic books that have this impact, but also one's own history of reading, the books you have lived with, grown up with. Whenever I open my little cupboard full of childhood books, it's like opening up a little time capsule. Between the pages I suddenly remember things I thought long forgotten, feelings I felt at the time I read them, my dreams and hopes. Books can take us back to that and they can also take us forward. They can literally take us into the future through their exploration of science and technology or sci-fi, but they also make us dream about our lives, what we'd like them to become, and of our collective futures.

 

Books are our time machines.

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text 2014-05-16 03:22
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Here and Now - Ann Brashares

Wow...these are two super mature teenagers! Good fast readable book!

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