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?
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
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Mommy Ramblings – September 27
Comfort Books – September 28
Oh! For the Hook of a Book – September 29
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Royalegacy Reviews and More – October 3
Mrs. Yingling Reads – October 4
Parajunkee – October 5
Eclectic Bookworms – October 6
The Children's Book Review – October 7
As They Grow Up – October 11
Quite the Novel Idea – October 12
Confessions of A Readaholic – October 13
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – October 14
The Hiding Spot – October 17
Fandom Monthly Magazine – October 18
Feed Your Fiction Addiction – October 19
YA Books Central – October 20
Swoony Boys Podcast – October 21
The Boy Reader – October 24