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Time Travelling with a Tortoise

Book Synopsis

Exciting, funny, heartwarming, and mind-bendingly clever, Time Travelling with a Tortoise is the extraordinary, adventure-packed sequel to Ross Welford’s beloved, bestselling debut, Time Travelling with a Hamster.

Al Chaudhury travelled back in time to save his father’s life.

And it worked – Al’s dad is alive again and life is back to the way it should be. At least, that’s what Al thinks.

But when an accident robs Al’s beloved Grandpa Byron of his world-beating memory, Al is forced back in time again, this time leaving someone behind, trapped in a prehistoric dimension.

Al is forced into a rescue mission to recover his friend from the past… and to make sure that there will be a future waiting for them all.

It turns out time travel is far more complicated than Al thought.

Our Review Panel says...

I love Ross Welford books and Time Travelling with a Hamster is one of my favourites of his books. With that in mind, I had mixed feelings about a sequel because it felt finished and as a reader you are always worried in case a book you love is somehow spoiled by the sequel. This was in safe hands, however, and I had forgotten what a brilliant plotter Ross Welford is.

At first, this book sets you up to remember what happened in the first book but then it continues with the story in unexpected ways. The concept of time travel is slightly mind-blowing and this story somehow manages to make it accessible to children. Ross Welford leaves a lingering sense of grief and sorrow in his books, even the ones with happy endings. This book is no exception, it tugs at your heartstrings and makes you wonder if you would do the same thing to see someone you loved again.

The story becomes very exciting, you are teased by the events at the start and then they are explained in true time travelling fashion, and boy are they exciting! It is also very witty, a tortoise called Tortellini for example – there will suddenly be a rush on pet tortoises with that name! This is a very clever book and now I’m not at all sorry the sequel was written.

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