Take a scientist who believes he can play with time, a dinosaur and some medieval twins and you have the recipe for an unusual adventure. Roland and Oswald have known better times when they grew up in the castle as the twin sons of the esteemed doctor. Since their father has fallen out of favour their lives have been turned upside down and Roland’s dreams of becoming a knight seem hopeless. Or are they? What happens when an unsuspecting dinosaur is transported into their time … and mistaken for a fire-breathing dragon? Will Roland get his chance to face the dragon and save the princess?? Or will he and his brother simply be collateral damage in a scientist’s attempt to play with time??
Michael Gerard Bauer has all the ingredients for an entertaining story which young readers are sure to enjoy.
TITLE = WORD HUNTERS: Book 1 (The Curious Dictionary)
AUTHOR = NICK EARLS
ILLUSTRATIONS = TERRY WHIDBORNE
GENRE = ADVENTURE, TIMETRAVEL, FANTASY
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7-9
This is a clever and unusual story: a timeslip adventure that all starts with words and their histories … and a very curious dictionary. The aptly named Al and Lexi Hunter discover that they are in fact word hunters: able to travel back in time to learn the heritage of certain words and certain names… just where will their adventures take them next? And can they always be certain to get home safely??
An entertaining story with delightful illustrations that add to the appeal. ou may also like to check out the Word Hunters website here.
Recommended (dma) ****
Why not check out the book trailer below:
Images either sourced from the Animoto website or photos taken by dma. Music “Born This Way” by Ian Cotterill (sourced from the Animoto website).
GENRE = TIME TRAVEL, FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION, HISTORICAL FICTION
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 8 AND UP
This is the first book in an exciting new time travel series by Alex Scarrow. Join Liam, Maddy and Sal in a wild ride as they come together from the past and future to try and protect the present. They must travel back in time – never to change the past, only to protect history from change. But what will happen if others also ride time for less honourable purposes? Will Liam be stuck in a brutal dark past? Will the present-day be damaged forever? Can newbies Sal and Maddy rescue Liam and save the day?
This book is a deserved winner of the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year.
Highly recommended (dma) *****
Why not check out the following book trailer to learn more about this great book:
All images from the Animoto site. Music also selected from the Animoto site (“Battle Song” by Vaeda). Text provided by booklover.
When Sal decides he doesn’t want to be Miranda’s friend any longer she is thrown into turmoil. But as she is an intelligent and resilient young girl she soon finds a way to develop new friendships. Whilst much of the mystery in this novel is about time travel, at the heart of the novel is the important role that friends and family play in Miranda’s life, especially when she is trying to survive school. This is a delightful novel which is sure to be enjoyed by young readers, girls in particular.