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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.
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...
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Publication date: 01/06/2011
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||1st March 2010|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
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 ...More About K.A.S. Quinn