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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Giveaway - It's a Race Against Time in Ross Welford's "Time Traveling With A Hamster"


If your looking for a good time travel adventure, you'll find it in  Ross Welford's Time Traveling With a Hamster.  I am so thankful to Random House Children's Books that sent me a copy of this wonderful tale to share with you.

"My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine, and again four years later when he was twelve."

There isn't anything like a good book that gives you a race across time. I love time traveling stories. They give such interesting perspectives on what happens when you try to change the past.  In Time Traveling With a Hamster the hero of our story, Al Chaudhury, life really isn't the greatest. After the untimely death of his father, he is now in a new family where his stepdad is a nice guy, but his stepsister seems like she just stepped out of the underworld.

On his 12th birthday, Al receives two gifts: a hamster and a letter from his dad, who died four years ago. The letter point Al to a time machine, an very unimpressive-looking zinc-tub-and-laptop contraption in the secret bunker of their old house. It also describes a mind-blowing mission! Can Al travel back as a twelve-year-old boy, then maybe he can alter the course of history thus preventing his father's death?

As Al soon discovers, whizzing back thirty years requires not only imagination and courage, but also garage break-ins, midnight rides on his grandfather's scooter, and even setting his school on fire! Through it all, he has to keep his hamster safe...

This book has it all, and it's a story that middle grade readers to adults will love. Yes, I do recommend children's books to adults!


About the author: Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer. He has worked on shows such as The Big Breakfast, The Morning, and Bridezillas. This is his first novel. Follow @rosswelford on Twitter.


My thoughts on Time Traveling With a Hamster. Following Al through all of his adventures really kept my interest. This is definitely a page turning book that I could not put down until I was finished with it. The book is set in, I think, the North East coastal part of England. I like how Mr. Welford's description of the characters in a very concise way - by numbering them. Since I am not up on Brit slang, there are a few words that were not familiar to me, but I don't think that they are really anything bad, just a bit racial. I would say that parental discretion is advised for this book. There are two sexual references and the kids do take God's name in vain.


Time Traveling With a Hamster becomes available to own on October 4, 2016.  Purchase it as a hardcover, eBook, or audio at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


With many thanks to Random House Kids, one person is going to win their very own copy of Time Traveling With a Hamster by Ross Welford. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 8, 2016.  Good luck!


Time Traveling With A Hamster Blog Tour (9/26-10/24)
Some of these blogs are having a giveaway for the book, too. So travel around and check out the post
Cracking the Cover  – September 26
Mommy Ramblings – September 27
Comfort Books  – September 28
Oh! For the Hook of a Book – September 29
I'm Shelf-ish – September 30 y
Mrs. Yingling Reads – October 4
Parajunkee – October 5
Eclectic Bookworms – October 6
As They Grow Up – October 11
Quite the Novel Idea – October 12
The Hiding Spot – October 17
Fandom Monthly Magazine – October 18
YA Books Central – October 20
Swoony Boys Podcast – October 21
The Boy Reader – October 24



14 comments:

  1. Although I have no children I do love time travel books and this one sounds like a fascinating read! I think I might really enjoy it.

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  2. I like Owl Sees Owl, as we have an owl in the woods near us and you can often hear him at night, so would be a good read for the kids.

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  3. My kids are grown but it sounds like a fun read that would really captivate a young reader!

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  4. I'm a big fan of time travel books, have been since I was young. This sounds like a great one and I love the title!

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  5. Yes, sometimes age ranges are too limiting. Look at Harry Potter, technically children's books but loved by people of all ages.

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  6. Ooooo this will be right up my granddaughter Jennesa's alley. I think she would really love this book and the things to do. She's a bit of a loner child so I'm sure this will keep her pleasantly busy.

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  7. I saw and liked the book One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote on the website.

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  8. I like that they have new releases sorted by age. That makes shopping a little bit easier!

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  9. I learned they have activities on their website for some of our favorite books!

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  10. I liked the idea of learning about voting from Cat in the Hat!

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  11. I would love to read The Ungrateful Dead book that they have listed. They many cooks we would love to read.

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  12. I like all the activities and that they have the books divided by age group

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  13. I learned that Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher.

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  14. I liked the variety of books they offer.

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