Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Accidental Time Traveller by Janis Mackay

Saul is headed down to the store to pick up some things for his Mom when he sees a young woman suddenly appear in the middle of the street.  She almost gets run over before he convinces her to move.

Floris Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It's been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

I really liked this book.  It's based on time travel and the girl Saul finds is his same age, but from 1812.  Life is much different 200 years later...

He hides her in an old abandoned shed that he and his mates call the "den".  While he shares his meals with her, she tells him how it was in Peebles in her time.  He comes up with the idea to cut her hair, put her in some of his old clothes, and then to pass her off as a boy.  She chooses the name Randolph.  Saul takes her to school with him, introduces "him" to his friends and tells everyone she can't talk right now.  Her accent and terms will alert people to the fact that she's not male and not from this time.

This is really a sweet story of a boy trying to help a girl from a different time go home.  He'd like to keep her here because she's a good friend, but he understands about wanting to be home.

The story is based on a real diary of the past written by a young girl that died from measles, so it has the ring of authenticity.  There is a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of action in this novel.  While it's written for young adults, I really enjoyed this and intend to buy a copy for my personal library.  Why don't you give a try and see what you think?

Happy reading.

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