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From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls, A Chase In Time is the first in a brilliant time-slip adventure series for 9+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Brett Hellquist.

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?

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9780857638984
  • ISBN: 9780857638984
  • Pub Date: 2nd August 2018
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Imprint: Nosy Crow Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 208

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This is Book 1 in the The Time-Seekers Series. See all The Time-Seekers books here.

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8th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This is an absolute joy to read. A fast paced adventure with each chapter drawing you in further. In fact it would be a great book to read aloud to a class a chapter a day. I loved timeshift books as a child and this took me right back, and was devoured in one sitting - and now my 7 year old daughter is hooked too. Can’t wait for the next in the series.
9th September '18
Joshmurphy123 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
The book was really good my favourite part was when they were going into the mirror because it was very exciting my second favourite part was when they was looking through the mirror and they saw a girl and boy the only bad thing about it is that you can't put it down. Definitely recommend buying. I rate Five stars
13th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This reminded me so much of those fantastic adventure stories I read as a child under the covers, but bang up to date in style and tone!  "A Chase in Time" is a story centred around a brother and sister who have gone to stay with their aunt for two weeks and are looking for something to do.  They find more adventure than they dreamed of when Alex discovers a magic mirror which transports them back to the same house but around a hundred years ago.  I was hooked from the first page, with the description of the mysterious mirror, and immediately wanted to visit the house that our hero and heroine were staying at (loved the period details).  The action never lets up, and I can imagine that this is going to grab the most reluctant of readers and keep them entertained to the end.  The chapters are a perfect length and I loved the illustrations throughout by Brett Helquist - confident year 3's would manage this but it would also entertain any child in Junior School.  I was delighted to see that this is the first in a new time-travel series - I can't wait to recommend this to some of my readers at school - they will love it!
13th August '18
Hermione read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
This book is about two children called Alex and Ruby who fall through a mirror and end up in 1912.
It is a thrilling tale and I would definitely recommend it.
My favourite character is Ruby because she is  like me.
14th August '18
I read it to Darth aged 9 aged 9 & to Leia aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
A fabulous time travelling adventure story. Alex and Ruby stay with their Aunt Joanne over the holidays. They are sad she is selling her wonderful home as she can no longer afford to keep it. The house is also home to a fabulous mirror. One day Alex notices that his reflection is in fact not his at all but another boy. He grabs his sister and together through the mirror are transported back to 1912. Along with their distant relatives, they have a relic to find and rescue. We really enjoyed his book. It was very easy to read and suited both my 7 and 9 year old. They loved hearing all about the historic differences too. A super read. 
18th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
Sally Nicholls is one of my all-time favourite children's authors, and A Chase in Time ranks up with her best. What a breath of fresh air! A glorious time-slip adventure full of deftly drawn characters, whistle-stop action and hilarious historical juxtapositions. I inhaled it in one sitting, easily swept up in the magic. The four main children characters are brilliantly captured and the story just zips along, as modern day Ruby & Alex are transported back to 1912 for a crime caper extraordinaire.

As a primary school librarian, I find there is a huge gap in the market of books for the 7-9 age range that are easy to read while also having something a little deeper to offer and that are not (primarily) humorous. This fills the gap and hits the sweet spot with something for everyone - a lot of adventure, a big handful of history, a soupçon of romance, and a twist of laughter - this is a perfect read-aloud story for teachers or parents to share with Year 3/4 children, the grown-ups will love it as much as the kids do.

Now we just have to wait for the next adventure. I'm on tenterhooks....
2nd August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
ay with their Aunt Joanna in the country in her big rambling home which offers a stark contrast to the ugly house that they live in. Unfortunately this will be their last summer of escape, as their Aunt has been forced to sell her home as she can no longer manage the upkeep. Alex loves the house and just adores all of the remarkable objects in the house that have been collected over the years. But he is drawn to one object in particular, an old gilt-edged mirror because when he was 7 years old he is convinced he saw another boy in the mirror instead of his reflection. And one day when he least expects it he accidentally falls through the mirror with his sister and they end up in the same house but in a very different period of time. Soon they find themselves caught up in an adventure filled with arson, theft and erratic car chases as they race to find a precious family jewel. Can they solve the mystery and find a way to return home?

I completely devoured this book in one sitting, time literally flew by as I got totally caught up in this intriguing adventure. It really is like stepping into the past with it’s considered attention to period detail, told with real enthusiasm and insight. Sally has assembled a perfectly marvellous cast of characters who will delight and entertain readers. Alex and Ruby think they’re way ahead of the game compared to their distant relatives from the past Henry and Dora but they soon find they are a worthy match of pluckiness and determination as they work together to track down the thief. The adults are wonderfully eccentric, so full of life and adventure not realising that they are on the brink of the great war that will change their lives forever.  I love how she highlights the difference between life now and back in the Edwardian era, in particular how Ruby is horrified at the constraints Dora’s clothes place on her compared to the comfortable jeans and trainers she wears. Brett’s illustrations complement this story perfectly creating a truly beautiful and engaging read. Fast, frenetic and completely fun this book is a must have read for any confident child who has moved on from first chapter books and is looking to bridge the gap to middle grade reads.
22nd August '18
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I LOOOOVED this book! I couldn't put it down and devoured it in about an hour, it had me hooked from the very start and I just didn't want to stop reading.

I felt like it had a bit of an Enid Blyton vibe, it very much reminded me of that kind of style of mystery/ adventure story. I loved how the story progressed from the present day to 1912. I think the process of getting to the past was brilliant and very inventive.

I thought the story was gripping, had great description- I loved all the period mentions. I found the book exciting and would say that fans of Enid Blyton, Julia Edwards and Eloise Williams are those most likely to enjoy this great story.
30th August '18
Booyu read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Love this book p, the adventure is great, imagine falling through a mirror and  finding yourself in another time. Love the time travel and it really does make you think how history is all around us. Like the main characters who are brother and sister. I would recommend this book to my friends. I would like more books from this to be a series of adventures. 
28th September '18
I read it to Microboy aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I read this aloud to my son on a strict 1-chapter-per-evening basis and, every evening, he groaned and begged for another chapter. He always does love a time travel story and this has been no exception. As usual it has led to fascinating conversations about how time travel works in different stories and the paradox of it all. At the age of 7, I must admit that some of the humorous Edwardian adult banter went a little over his head, but he enjoyed the adventure of it all.  With that in mind I think this book would be ideally pitched for a 9 or 10 year old, and I expect my son will want to re-read it by then.  Thank you, Toppsta, for a lovely book giveaway!
28th June '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
Thanks to Nosy Crow for providing an advance copy for review. A modern take on a traditional Enid Blyton style mystery, A Chase in Time is a fun time travel adventure with larger than life characters and great period detail. When Alex and Ruby fall through their aunt’s mirror they are transported back to 1912 where they need to solve a mystery in order to get home. Some of the language could be challenging for younger readers but this is a perfect book to read to children as a bedtime story or for older/more confident readers to read alone. A great start to a new series - recommended for 7+.
22nd November '18
TomH read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
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4 stars
I thought This book was a bit to simple for me now I am 12, but This book was a really good for my little brother who is in to this sort of book and is 9.This Review is written by him.

I enjoyed this book because it was a crime book that was also fantasy (these are my 2 Favorite types of books).I liked finding out about the past in a story book too. The characters were interesting and believable. I thought this book had 1 thing WRONG  it could have gone on longer telling us more about daily life in the time they travelled back to (e.g. school). There weren't many illustrations which would have helped me to imagine better some of the things that were mentioned in the book. I felt intrigued about the theft of the cup for awhile, but we met the thieves quickly and it was easy to work out who they were.
13th August '18
trissebby read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book is about Alex and his sister Ruby. They fell through their Aunt's window and they ended up in 1912. They need to solve the mystery to get back home.

I enjoyed reading it but i think its aimed at people just a little younger than I. Was an interesting story
27th April '18
EH read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
This book is about Alex and Ruby (his sister) who fall through a mirror. The world behind the mirror is in the past. They are trying to find out how to get back when a special golden cup is stolen. They realise in most movies/books when people go back in time, there is a problem they have to solve. They decide to try and solve this mystery to get back home. Can they solve the mystery.... I really enjoyed this book, and I read it from cover to cover in one go! 
4th September '18
Cutepanda9 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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4 stars
I really enjoyed this book - very exciting adventure story . It took me a while to get hooked on the story but once I did I couldn’t stop reading . I really liked the main characters and trying to imagine the images/ descriptions  in real life 
12th May '18
Belllboo read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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4 stars
A Chase in Time is a simple but fun story. Where two children are sent back through time through a magic mirror and have an adventure with some of their ancestors.

I liked reading this story and it was a simple and easy read. Children age 7 and above will enjoy this story, which was a bit young for me. 
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About Sally Nicholls

Sally Nicholls grew up in Stockton-on-Tees, and after school, travelled the world, working for a period at a Red Cross hospital in Japan. Sally's first novel, Ways to Live Forever, won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and she has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. She lives in Oxford....

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About Brett Helquist

Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explores everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories-Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell...

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