I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for Time School by Nikki Young today and to be introducing another new guest reviewer, my godson Robert! I’ve had the privilege of knowing Robert since he was born andnow, at the age of 11, im very proud of the of the fierce bookworm he has become.
Time School is available now in ebook and paperback, you can purchase your copy here.
Before I share Robert’s fabulous review with you here is a little bit about the book.
A power cut and a series of mini disasters means friends, Jess, Nadia, Tomma and Ash barely make it to the station to catch their train to school. What they find is a far cry from the usual packed commuter train they’re expecting…
When they arrive at Hickley School, the children are surprised to find some of the buildings missing and they don’t recognise any of the other pupils, who are all dressed in a different style of uniform. The only person who takes the time to help them is Martha, despite being preoccupied by her own worries about her family being hungry and not hearing from brother, Henry whom she says is away fIghting.
The children soon realise this is no normal day and it’s not until they return home that they’re able to figure out what happened. What they don’t know is whether it was a one-off day, or if they will get to see Martha and the other pupils again. Jess hopes so. She has something she needs to tell Martha. Not knowing how or why, she feels a connection and an obligation to this girl she can’t explain.
Time School is a fast-paced time novel. Four children board the daily commuter train that takes them to their school. When the train arrives, though, it’s a far cry from the usual modern train that normally takes them: they enter the last carriage, and it’s different from all the others. The carriage is an old-fashioned wooden contraption, although the design is elaborate. The children wonder how they possibly could have not noticed it before, but by then the train was already moving…
The best bit about this book is the dramatic moments that happen throughout the story; such as when the children leave the train and some others further on in the book. I think it could have done with a bit more of these moments, but the ones that were in there were very good.
The character Martha has a confusing relationship with the main character Jess, they feel they’ve known each other all their lives, although they don’t tell one another that they feel a connection. ( All will be revealed in the end. )
In all honesty, I struggled to get into the book at the beginning, and I didn’t feel the urge to turn over the page as much as I have in other books, but soon I got into the book a lot more.
If you like dramatic, descriptive time mysteries, then read this book by Nikki Young.
Thanks Robert for this fantastic review (his first)! Thanks to Anne Cater and Matador books for our copy of this book.
About The Author:
Nikki Young is a writer and lover of stories and ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ is her first book. Nikki credits her lively imagination to an amazing childhood, growing up in Yorkshire and living in a cul-de-sac in the days when children were allowed to run free and left to make their own fun! Now a mum of three, she says that in her head, she hasn’t really grown up and those memories of her childhood days remain strong and active.
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