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The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus

Written by K.A.S. Quinn
Part of the Chronicles of the Tempus Series

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Completely gripping, this rollercoaster time travel adventure takes Katie, a contemporary New York teenager, back right into the heart of Queen Victoria’s reign. Landing unexpectedly in the Buckingham Palace bedroom of Alice, Queen Victoria’s younger daughter, Katie is swiftly caught up in a terrifying world of dishonest courtiers plotting unspeakable acts with the help of powerful helpers with extra powers. The details of the life of the Victorian Royals, and especially Prince Albert’s passion for his original project of the Crystal Palace are brilliantly evoked while the adventure spearheaded by three exuberant children rattles along at a cracking pace.

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  • Rachel Ilsley, age 10 - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn’t want it to end, I am looking forward to the next book!' Read full review >
  • Ellen Sargeant, year 8 - 'I loved the elements of history and the mystery side of things, it made the story very enjoyable and maybe even a little educational.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Blundell - 'The Queen Must Die is one of the BEST books I’ve ever read before!' Read full review >
  • Natalie, 12 - 'In this book I really connected with the characters and I felt like I was there with them helping them and I never wanted to put it down...I would rate this book 5 stars.' Read full review >
  • Shannon Mitchell, Year 8 - 'I loved this book! It was full of mystery and action. It blended the past and modern day perfectly.' Read full review >
  • Hannah Parsons, age 10 - 'This story is amazing so pick it up and start reading it now!' Read full review >
  • Freya Moore - 'This book is a very enjoyable and truly gripping story.'
  • Katie Humphreys - 'This book was amazing because it was completely gripping and so well written.' Read full review >
  • Sam Berson Films - 'I really enjoyed reading this book. I decided that I would read it twice as there was a big ending, which was very well written.' Read full review >
  • Maria Murray, age 12 School St Colm’s High School - 'I have to say The Queen Must Die is one of the best books I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Emily Clowes - 'an adventurous, journey taking, catchy book that grabs you right at the beginning.' Read full review >
  • Annie Mc Cullagh - 'This book was very interesting, and was hard to put down.' Read full review >
  • Izzy Read - 'This outgoing read will have you enchanted for hours with its mystery and adventure.' Read full review >
  • Emma Baird - 'I really liked this book because it feels like you’re actually there and I felt scared and glad when people in the story did.' Read full review >
  • Jasmine Randall, 11 - 'It was unputdownable. I loved the excitement of the plot, the suspense and the way you really were given a feel of Victorian Britain.' Read full review >

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The Queen Must Die: Chronicles of the Tempus by K.A.S. Quinn

Atlantic's first children' book announces the arrival of Chronicles of the Tempus , a major new trilogy for 9-12 year old readers. Imagine E. Nesbit crossed with Philip Pullman. Why is Katie Berger-Jones-Burg under a sofa in Buckingham Palace? The last thing she can remember is reading in her bedroom, trying to block out the sound of the TV. Now she is in London, at the height of Queen Victoria's reign. Something very strange is going on. Together with her two new friends - Princess Alice, the young daughter of Queen Victoria, and James O'Reilly, the son of the royal doctor - Katie must discover why she has been sent back in time. And who are the weird and frightening creatures who seek her out? The key, it seems, lies with the enigmatic Bernardo DuQuelle. As the dark forces moving through the royal household begin to take control, Katie and her friends uncover a plot to assassinate the Queen and unearth an even darker mystery...

About the Author

K.A.S. Quinn

K.A.S Quinn was born and raised in California. She was educated at Vassar in New York, where she took a degree in History and English, receiving honours for her thesis on tuberculosis and its representation in Victorian painting and literature (Conspicuous Consumption). For the past ten years she has been the publisher of the prestigious Spectator magazine. Her office in the row houses of Doughty St. abutted Charles Dickens’ home. She has written for The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Wall Street Journal as well as appearing on Any Questions, A Good Read, Famous Lives and Broadcasting House for the BBC. In 2003 she was a judge for the Jewish Quarterly Literary Award. She is married to Stephen Quinn, the publishing director of Vogue magazine. They live in London and have two small boys. She still reads children’s books, in bed, with a torch.

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304 pages


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Atlantic Books

Publication date

1st March 2010




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