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Summary

A truly original debut novel from an extraordinarily talented new voice in children's books.

Laugh, cry and wonder at this race-against-time story of a boy who travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident and save his father's life....

My dad died twice. Once when he was 39 and again four years later, when he was 12. 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'....

When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad's time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, burglary and setting his school on fire. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer....

©2016 Ross Welford (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Touching, silly and exciting by turns, this thrilling little book is an inventive take on time travel for children. Sure to be a hit with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder...an unforgettable, madcap story from a bright new talent in children's fiction." ( Waterstones)

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What an excellent book - we listened as a family (three boys ages 8,11,14 plus mom and dad) all the way to Scotland and back. All of us were thoroughly entertained and committed to the characters! Superb audio presentation too. Highly recommend this book - so sad it is over.

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Very entertaining read.

I am certainly not a young adult any more but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was funny, poignant and intelligent but written in a friendly entertaining way and would appeal to all ages over about twelve, I would say, with an interest in science. Read extremely well by the narrator, my only bugbear being that he mispronounced a couple of names, but they were unusual names! Highly recommended.

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Suits all ages, really enjoyed.

This is an amazing book that suits ALL ages. It really gets your mind thinking about the laws and physics of time travel.

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Fictional tale of a boy that gets mixed up between parallel universes with his hamster Alan Shearer to try and save his dad. When disaster strikes, Al tries to undo the damage he has caused to the 'space time continuum' but finds out, it's not as easy as it looks...

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it! Aoife
So good, I loved it

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my 11 year old boy loved this!

Great story with thought provoking narrative. We all loved this and couldn't wait for the next journey in the car to hear more.

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Great read for kids and parents

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book with my 8 year old. The characters were beautifully described and the story line was original, comical and moving. It kept me guessing and hoping right to the end. A talented writer I hope to read more from.

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Time Travelling with a Hamster

Amazing book beautifully read one of the best books I have ever read in my life

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A good story

This story is well narrated and enjoyable. Great characters, intriguing and an interesting story. Recommended.

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good good good good good good good good good good

the best bit was when I found out that he found his dad and it was so good thank you so much I would like to see that again I would like it it was so good so can you please keep sending more ones please can I have another second part of it thanks

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enjoyable

the story was a bit hard to follow but dies have some brilliant bits and is well read