The Picture That Made Time Fly by Sheila Harries


The Picture That Made Time Fly by Sheila Harries

An original novel set in Cardiff National Museum following Megan and Rhys on a school trip which turns into a dangerous and challenging adventure, as they are taken back in time to the Victorian era in the capital city.


The debut novel from Sheila Harries feels like it could be the first in a series of stories about Megan and Rhys and their fantastical adventures. It opens with the two of them falling into a painting at Cardiffs National Museum. That Harries chooses real paintings as gateways through time allows for the reader to investigate both the works of art and the museum in more detail. This might provide an excellent way into the novel if it was being read in a classroom. She combines excitement with art with social history: a great platform for further study. The opening of the novel is very quick weve fallen into the painting by the fifth page. With both a male and female protagonist quite different from each other its a tale which appeals to both genders equally. The chapters are brief, providing an inexperienced reader with achievable goals. In places, the effect is broken by odd word choices (Victorians using 'kids

'boss', for example), but for the most part, the sense of a darker, dirtier, more dangerous time is well sustained. An enjoyable, pacy read. Sally Owen It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council'

About the Author

It's fair to say that Sheila Harries loves books. In her career as a school librarian in Oxfordshire, she has had many years' experience of talking to young people about what makes a good book, and has welcomed great authors and illustrators such as Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Caroline Lawrence and Nick Sharratt into her library to inspire and entertain. Now she has written an entertaining and inspiring book herself. The book, like Sheila, is based around Cardiff and reflects her love of history, languages, and art - and a good adventure. Living in Penarth, she is a frequent visitor to the National Museum of Wales which is where the novel opens, with a group of children on a school trip. It's a familiar scenario to her as someone who enjoys taking her grand children to see interesting places. She is also a keen traveller herself - but loves coming back to her garden and the cats!

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164 pages


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Publication date

17th June 2015



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