The Accidental Time Traveller

The Accidental Time Traveller

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Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 Younger Readers (8-11 years) category
One ordinary day, Saul is on his way to the corner shop when a girl appears suddenly in the middle of the road. She doesn't understand traffic, or the things in shops, and she's wearing a long dress with ruffled sleeves. Her name is Agatha Black.
Agatha Black is from 1812, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back there. With help from his mates Will and Robbie, he tries to work out how to make time travel happen.
This pacy, time-travelling adventure from Janis Mackay, author of the Magnus Fin series, is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 17.78mm | 215g
  • Kelpies
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0863159540
  • 9780863159541
  • 153,586

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One ordinary day, Saul is on his way to the corner shop when a girl appears suddenly in the middle of the road. She doesn't understand traffic, or the things in shops, and she's wearing a long dress with ruffled sleeves. Her name is Agatha Black.

Agatha Black is from 1812, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back there. With help from his mates Will and Robbie, he tries to work out how to make time travel happen.

This pacy, time-travelling adventure from Janis Mackay, author of the Magnus Fin series, is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action.
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Review quote

'Young readers familiar with time transfers from TV will enjoy the situation and absorb some information about life 200 years ago along the way.'
-- School Librarian journal
'This book is very exciting [...] I especially enjoyed learning some history while I read. I would recommend this book for boys and girls who like history.'
-- Children's Books, The Guardian
'A good, solid adventure story that engages the reader throughout and moves towards a satisfying conclusion.'
-- Carousel
'I like the book and I think upper elementary school readers will like it as well.'
-- Guys Lit Wire blog
'This is really a sweet story [...] While it's written for young adults, I really enjoyed this and intend to buy a copy for my personal library.'
-- Journey of a Bookseller blog
'This is a well-structured time-slip story that cleverly keeps its momentum and manages, largely through the sympathetic character of Saul, to draw the reader in.'
-- Books for Keeps
'This story is really charming, and in the end, very heartwarming [...] I highly recommend it for middle school readers and beyond.'
-- The Goode Word blog
'Janis is a clever teacher. Rather than explain the differences between life then and now, she uses humour and misunderstandings to provide a gentle history lesson in the midst of an exciting adventure.'
-- Lothian Life
'This book had a great story line. The characters in the book felt and acted their age. There was a good character arc throughout the book. I read this book in a fairly short time because the story just sucks you right in.'
-- Rantings, Ravings and Ramblings blog
'Mackay has written another playful, easy going story for pre-teens full of lively dialogue [...] Agatha comes off the page as an interesting, talented person, presenting fascinating facts of life in the past.'
--New View
'I would highly recommend this book to adventure lovers'
--Rhona, aged 11, Flora Stevenson Primary
'I loved this book, it is the best I have ever read, I would read this again and again'
--Cera, aged 11, Law Primary School
'I have never been so inspired by a book'
--Rebecca, aged 10, Kilmartin Primary
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About Janis MacKay

Janis Mackay was born and grew up in Edinburgh, but moved to London to study journalism. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has held writer-in-residence posts in both Caithness and Sutherland. She currently lives in Edinburgh, where she teaches creative writing and works as a writer and storyteller. She is the author of the Magnus Fin series.
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Rating details

148 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 28% (42)
4 36% (53)
3 25% (37)
2 9% (13)
1 2% (3)
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