Stand By Me by Judi Curtin

Stand By Me

Written by Judi Curtin

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In the second book in the Time After Time series our favourite time-travelling best friends are back!

Judi Curtain returns with another endearing tale featuring time-travelling best friends Molly and Beth. Molly adores her best friend but at times is still struggling to come to terms with their new shared living arrangement. Solving mysteries brings them closer together and soon both girls are on the case when their favourite fun and friendly uncle is suddenly sad. Something in his past is to blame and so they resolve to help him out. A return trip to Rico and his mysterious door and the girls are soon travelling back to 1960.

Described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson, Judi Curtain brings warmth, humour and emotion to experiences and feelings that young readers will instantly relate to. Beth and Molly are adorable friends that you'd just love to have on your side in times of need. Stand By Me is a story about friendship, misunderstandings and how sometimes things just aren't quite what they seem. ~ Shelley Fallows

You can read an extract from Stand by Me here!


Stand By Me by Judi Curtin

What if something happened long ago that still makes you sad? Graham is Molly and Beth's favourite uncle, so they really want to help him fix the past - and since the girls know of a mysterious door that can take them back in time, maybe they can! But how can they find who they're looking for without apps or social media? And what will the girls make of the 60s, where the hairstyles are wild, the slang is weird and no one's heard of ciabatta? And can they help Graham fix a friendship that was destroyed back in 1960? The girls soon discover that fun with friends is just the same whatever time you live in and that real friendship lasts forever - even when you're apart. This is an exciting story about time-travel, family, friendship and love.


Praise for the series:

Beautifully told, Time After Time is humourous, nostalgic and engaging -- Inis Magazine

Time travel tale from Ireland's answer to Jacqueline Wilson set in the 80's. Nostalgia for older folk and possibly quite unbelievable for the younger folk --

A compelling friendship tale -- Irish Independent

Curtin exudes a wonderful skill for mixing humour and emotion, and it's hard not to fall in love with this gem -- Sunday World as expected, this is a splendid read from Curtin ... Curtin navigates brilliantly between emotion and fun, so that we never lose sight of the girls sense of adventure ... surely merits a sequel -- Irish Examiner

Funny and moving, a great holiday read -- Belfast Telegraph

A great read -- Bleach House Library

Delightfully gentle, clean fun .. the author captures perfectly the true joy of girls friendships at this important age! -- CBI Recommended Reads 2016

Must read ... a story of real friendship, perfect for BFFs -- lovereading4kids

Judi Curtin writes sensitive, hugely engaging novels about contemporary girls and the things that matter most to them: friends, family relationships, learning to be happy with who you are...As readers will understand, visiting the 1980s will have its plusses and minuses for 21st century kids: you can buy packets of biscuits for 20p but have to survive without mobile phones. There are lots of details older readers will relish: the shop that sells the biscuits has comics Mandy and Bunty on its shelves too; the girls are baffled - and amused - by the hairstyles and fashions ... Emotions reach a very high point as the two reach Beth's mum's home, and Curtin describes the tension beautifully...This is time travel that puts female relationships - mother/daughter, best friends - into the spotlight, in a book that is funny, sad and uplifting. It reminds us all too that the teenagers our mums were are only ever a splash of (Smitty) perfume away. -- Books for Keeps

Expect lots of laughs and lots of tears -- Belfast Telegraph

An excellent read which explores the issues that face families, as well as exploring an age without today's technology. Highly recommended. --

What if you could go back in time, meet the mother you never knew, find out what she was like? This sweet and touching timeslip adventure explores this 'what if? scenario, as well as separation and blended families, as best friends Molly and Beth find themselves transported back to 1984. A lovely read -- Goodreads

Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it's easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships and families. Here best friends Molly and Beth are awkwardly trying to adjust to their new shared life (their respective mum and dad have moved in together) when something very strange happens and they find themselves transported back in time to 1984 ... told with Curtin's typical insight and lightness of touch. Beth and Molly are real characters, the strength of their friendship is utterly convincing, and this is a touching, uplifting read, often very funny too. Definitely one to recommend to fans of Jacqueline Wilson --

Well-written, funny and a real tear-jerker, this is one book your child will struggle to put down! -- Mummy Pages

Judi Curtin's best book yet... Both entertaining and emotional, Time After Time has heart and is sure to be a winner with Judi Curtin's many fans. Just remember to have tissues at the ready as time after time (ha!) this book will make you well up -- thebookstheartandme

About the Author

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is Ireland’s favourite children’s writer. She is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series which has sold rights to Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Lithuania and Serbia. In Ireland, the series has sold over 100,000 copies. She is also the author of the smash-hit 'Eva' series: Eva's Journey, Eva's Holiday, Leave it to Eva, and Eva and the Hidden Diary, which has sold 36,000 copies to date. She has been nominated for Irish Book Awards on numerous occasions.

Read an interview with the author here.

Read what Judi Curtin's editor Helen Carr has to say about the author here.

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O'Brien Press Ltd

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4th September 2017




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