In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time

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Charlotte is out in the woods on her own one day when something mysterious happens - she walks along a row of stones laid like stepping stones on the forest floor . . . and finds herself in another age. She has somehow slipped back to 1955, and is now, in the same woods, on the site of a very unique school, an open-air school for sick city children. No one believes her tales of the world she's come from, her mobile doesn't work and she can't see how on earth she's going to get back. A friendship with another pupil proves the key - is Jack more than he seems?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 18mm | 140.62g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552555851
  • 9780552555852
  • 522,610

About Robert Swindells

ROBERT SWINDELLS left school at fifteen to work on a local newspaper. At seventeen, he joined the RAF for three years, then trained and worked as a teacher. Now a full-time writer, he is the author of a number of bestselling titles for the Random House children's list. In 1994 he won the Carnegie Medal for STONE COLD (Hamish Hamilton), a teenage novel about a serial killer.

RUBY TANYA won the Salford Children's Book Award 2005.

'Plots which grip the reader from the opening paragraph' THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Robert Swindells writes the kinds of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page' YOUNG TELEGRAPH
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"Short chapters, clear, punchy writing and clever yse of cliffhangers are the hallmarks of Swindell's writing, here used to powerful effect to create a gripping, fast-paced read" -- Kate Agnew * Guardian * "Swindells helps the suspension of disbelief with a careful leavening of information about the 1950s and enough action to keep the story moving along" * Books for Keeps * "Definitely not to be missed, there is much to think about in this one" * The School Librarian * "Robert Swindells writes the kinds of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page" * Daily Telegraph *
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Back cover copy

'What year is this?'

When Charlie falls off a stepping stone in the woods, her whole world suddenly changes.

She stumbles in the 21st century, and picks herself up in the middle of the 20th.There are no trainers, no mobile phones - and she's a pupil at a weird outdoor school where the classrooms don't even have walls.

Somehow, Charlie has slipped through a nick of time.Can new friend Jack help her find a way back - or will she be trapped in the past?

Inspired by a fascinating piece of British history, this is a gripping page-turner from multi-award-winning author, Robert Swindells.

Cover: Tracey & Jerry Paris
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Review Text

"Robert Swindells writes the kinds of books that are so scary you're afraid to turn the page"
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92 ratings
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2 9% (8)
1 5% (5)
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