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Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent

February 27, 2015

trouble timeTrouble in Time by Adele Broadbent. Pub. Scholastic, 2014.

When I read a timeslip novel the mechanism by which the characters travel in time is always an interesting point for me and needs to be convincing. Fortunately in this novel it is. It involves a combination of touch and memory but you will have to read the novel to find out how.

When Ben’s Poppa comes to stay he has to sleep in the caravan and it bugs him. Then at school he finds himself being replaced as best friend to Zac by a trouble making bully named Connor.

Ben tries to stay out of trouble but Connor ropes him in. In a chance happening with his Poppa Ben finds himself in the year 1935, a time when his grandfather was still at school and the city of Marshton was just a little settlement called Marshville.

After a series of strange happenings in 1935 Ben returns to the present and finds that Connor seems to know more than he should. Could he have the key to time travel too? And what will happen if events in the past are changed and these changes could affect the future. The grandfather proxy could apply here. Read it and find out for yourself.

Well told by Adele Broadbent who also compares life and language of the past with that of today. Dialogue between the characters is a strong feature of the novel.

Good read-a-loud for years 5/6 to 7/8

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