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A Chase In Time

Written by Sally Nicholls

Illustrated by Brett Helquist

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on A Chase In Time

One of our 2018 Books of the Year

August 2018 Book of the Month |  In a nutshell: classic time-slip adventure with some contemporary twists |    Sally Nicholls is adept at balancing excitement with humour, creating original page-turning stories that are rich with insight. Well-versed in time travel plots Alex and Ruby quickly guess what’s happened when they fall through an old mirror into 1912. They make friends with the children of the house, Dora and Henry (one of whom could be a great-grandparent) before being caught up in adventure:  someone has stolen a valuable antique cup from charming Uncle Atherton, on the eve of his wedding too. High drama ensues including a race after the thieves in a vintage car. It’s a thoroughly satisfying adventure, with a proper sense of what the past would actually be like (much grubbier and smellier than Alex and Ruby expect), and tinged with real sadness too: the children are all too aware of what is in Henry and Ruby’s future. ~ Andrea Reece

For more engaging and surprising time-travel adventure try Evie’s Ghost by Helen Peters.

The Editor at Nosy Crow says:  “A fast-paced, thoroughly enjoyable adventure from the always-entertaining Sally Nicholls. I couldn’t stop reading it!”


A Chase In Time Synopsis

The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex's aunt's house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It's the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they're caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup - but will they ever be able to return to their own time?

A Chase In Time Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Erica Motoc, Age 12 - 'This book is perfect for getting non-reluctant reader to give it a go-when the book was sitting on my desk, I felt like it was beckoning me to read it.'
  • Ruth Ward - 'Looking forward to the next adventure in the series.'
  • Ellen Hall, Age 8 - 'A real page turner, you won't be able to put this book down.. Alex & Ruby(his sister) fall through a mirror into the past.Can they solve the mystery of the stolen golden cup to secure a journey home...'
  • Alexander and Daniel Bisland, Age 12 and 10 - 'We recommend this book to 9+ readers who love an adventure. We couldn’t put the book down!'
  • Ethan, Age 10 - 'It's an adventure story. I'd give it 7 out of 10 - it was funny but a very quick read, aimed at 9 year olds.'
  • Ross O'Gorman, Age 11 - 'A wonderfully illustrated book that's filled with fun, adventure, an exciting trip into the past and a daring mission.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, Age 11 - 'Very interesting and intriguing - Lots of History to learn...'
  • Charlotte Walker - 'A great novel filled with fast paced adventure and fun.'
  • Finn, Age 11 - 'A fun adventure.'
  • Rob, Age 8 - 'An exciting time travelling adventure.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857638984
Publication date: 02/08/2018
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857638984
Publication date: 2nd August 2018
Author: Sally Nicholls
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks

About Sally Nicholls

I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. My father died when I was two, and my brother Ian and I were brought up my mother. I always wanted to write - when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite. I've always loved reading, and I spent most of my childhood trying to make real life as much like a book as possible. My friends and I had a secret club like the Secret Seven, and when I was ...

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