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BOOK REVIEW: The Time Travel Diaries by Caroline Lawrence

| 20 September 2019 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Time Travel Diaries by Caroline Lawrence

Allen & Unwin
July 2019
Paperback, $14.99
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Childrens/Historical fiction
79%

Alex is a twelve year old kid in London who, by misadventure, is enlisted by a rogue billionaire to travel back in time to the Londinium of Roman times and find out more about a a girl who died not long after the time period he is sent back to.

Alex is chosen partially because he is from a Greek family, and has been learning Latin at school. Both of these will come in handy in the past, and additionally Alex is given three strict rules:

1. Naked you go and naked you must return.
2. Drink, don’t eat.
3. As little interaction as possible.

Ever tried telling a twelve-year-old boy not to eat, not to interact in any way, and to wander around naked? Good luck with that!

Caroline Lawrence has created a fun story high on excitement, which is also interesting from a historical scholar’s perspective. In fact, reading this I was reminded that the original premise of Doctor Who was to make a time travelling show which would be educational to kids. The Time Travel Diaries succeeds in evoking the sights, smells, customs and language of the times well, and should engage any interested young reader, as well as being interesting enough to keep us adults on the page.

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