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The astounding new novel from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster , this is a story for everyone of ten and older who loves adventure, laughs and tears.

"One of my favourite middle-grade writers" Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future.
But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie's beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that's only the start of her troubles.
Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity ...
... without actually leaving the room.

An extraordinary quest with the biggest stakes of all, and a huge idea at its heart, this is time travel - but not as you know it.

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"Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, allow me to introduce (drum roll...): Mr Mash: The Dog Who Saved the World!"

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If you loved Time-Travelling with a Hamster you're going to love this time-travelling adventure with eleven year old Georgie, her friend Ramzy and beloved dog, Mr Mash.

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17th January '19
Westy10 read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
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5 stars
I really enjoyed this book ! It is new and exciting and by far the most important factor : it involved dogs . And time travel !yay ! This is an interesting new spin on the whole "time travel " thing : it's not actually time travel! The background and everything is believable , you feel the terror and excitement , the joy and the sadness and the idea is awesome , you really want one of those headsets ( minus the scorpions )

This book was awesome i really recommend it ! Cool idea and good story telling for 8+ and people who like technology and/ or dogs
5th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This book was yet another amazing book by Ross Welford I thoughly enjoy this novel because it has so many plot twists I love all the creative technology to send Georgie and her best friend Ramzy into the future. All the characters were very entertaining and I especially loved the CRAZY Dr Petorious as she made me laugh as much as she made herself laugh!!

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes time traveling stories and if you liked this one read time traveling with a hamster
9th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I'm a Primary School Librarian and so I try to read as many books in our library as possible in order to be able to make good recommendations to our students.

I LOVED this book and have been recommending it wildly to my Y5 and Y6 students.  I love that the book has a strong female lead character who is not afraid to do what's right.  There's social issues, blended families, time travel, high tech, and an epidemic about to wipe out humanity if the kids don't do something.  A huge amount to pack into one book but it's done so well.  A really fast paced gripping tale that means you don't want to stop at the end of each chapter as you really want to know what happens next!  
1st February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This was a great story from start to finish. There is tension, drama, excitement, time travel and dogs! What more could you want? The main character, Georgie and her friend, Ramzy, embark upon the most amazing adventure to save the country from the most awful plague ever. Along the way the characters become so clear in your mind and you are torn by moral dilemmas of right and wrong.

The would be a great book for a class to read or children aged 8+ who love an exciting story.
1st February '19
Lottie12 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
I read this to Lottie as a bedtime story. We have read one of Ross Welfords books before and really enjoyed it. This story was brilliant from start to finish. The book is funny with lots of adventure!

Georgie and her friend Ramzy go on an epic adventure to save the world. With her dog Mr Mash in tow.....

What can they find out when they go time travelling to save the world.........
18th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Ross Welford at his best.  A fast-paced book in which Georgie and best friend Ramzy are befriended by the eccentric old lady, Dr Pretorious, in order for her to trial her new invention: a virtual reality set which allows you to see into the future.  Meanwhile, a deadly disease is spreading through the dog population threatening the end of our canine friends.  Can Georgie prevent the epidemic before her favourite dog, Mr Mash, becomes its next victim?  The book involves futuristic technology, man's best friend and a descriptive section about crawling around in dog excrement - the perfect elements for any 10 year old!  It is unnerving how easily Georgie and Ramzy are lured in by Dr Pretorious even though they say the know they shouldn't be yet Georgie's determination to save her beloved Mr Mash is heart-warming.  I have recommended this book to every year 6 pupil I know!
27th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This is the fourth Ross Welford book that I've absolutely loved. Full of adventure, science and drama, as are his previous books. Quite dark in places, although extremely well written, so probably suitable for Year Six and upwards.
14th January '19
Louna read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This story is amazing but heart-breaking .11 year old Georgie has to save the lives of millions of dogs.But that's not all, she may be humanity's only hope!I liked this book because it has a mixture of sadness, humor and adventure.
14th January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This is a cracker of a tale set a little while in the future.  Georgie lives with her Dad, Brother and Stepmum (her Mum died a few years back during an outbreak of Cow Disease).  She volunteers at the local dog rescue centre, St Woofs, after she was unable to keep her rescue dog Mr Mash because her Stepmum Jessica was massively allergic.
Whilst walking Mr Mash one day with her bestie Ramzy they are approached by a mysterious scientist called Dr Pretorius who wants them to test her new virtual reality/time travel system.  She says it can predict the future and sends them a week ahead as an experiment.
Aside from a glitch in the system which sees large scorpions hitch along for the ride it's a successful test.  When a new disease hits, that is spread by dogs, they need to use it again to travel a year ahead and try and find a cure.
Can Georgie, Ramzy and Mr Mash save the world?
A cracking time travel tale that doesn't mess too much with your mind.  It's fast paced, fun and exciting and I really enjoyed it even as an adult reader!  
15th January '19
Darth read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
This is such a good story. It's told by Georgie, the main character. Like me she has always wanted a dog. She gets a dog she calls Mr Mash but has to return him to the shelter when she realises her step mum is allerhic to dogs. On a walk with her dog and her best friend Ramzy, they meet a scientist called Dr Pretorius. She asks them to come try an experiment she is working on. At the same time, there is news of a canine virus that is deadly. Georgie is desperate to save Mr Mash and her friend. I did not want to put it down! It was really good. 
25th February '19
Bobbin read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
My son previously read, and loved, 'Time Travelling with a Hamster', and is also reading  "The 1,000 year old Boy' at school, so he was thrilled to receive a copy of Ross Welford's newest book from Toppsta to review. As a fan of computer games, my son was soon drawn into the story of Georgie and Ramzy who meet an eccentric scientist and are manipulated into visiting her at her top secret laboratory. There, they get to try out her new 3D virtual reality game - and so the adventure begins. 

We read bits of the book together, but my son was soon hooked on the story and read most of it by himself (staying up late and getting up early to do so!).  He liked the science aspect of the book, that even though the story is set slightly in the future that the characters were easy to relate to, and of course, that one of the main ones is a dog!  It was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster with plenty of adventure, plot twists and slightly scary turns.  Now that this book has been finished, I am under clear instructions to get hold of a copy of 'What not to do if you turn invisible', the only book my son has not yet read by this author.

My son would definitely recommend reading this story.
23rd January '19
Jbwise read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I loved this book because it is very well written. 
Also , it is fun to read as it is like a science fiction but way better.
I love books written by Ross and liked this one the best. 
16th February '19
I read it to williamfootball aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
We read this together - me reading some and William reading some - great story and really funny.
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About Ross Welford

 Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie and several tropical fish.

 

Ross's four novels for young readers have sold over 100,000 bopies, received wide acclaim and been shortlisted for many prestigious awards, including The Costa Book Awar...

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