A Chapter Book About Time Travel

I usually have trouble with time travel books because to be frank, I get totally confused with the whole concept of the single mutable time stream theory.  Yep, even typing it confuses me.  But I charge in to these books none the less because a chapter book about time travel is so cool.

The book I am profiling today about time travel actually made sense (sort of) which is a big win for me.  It is also funny, sad in places, and full of adventure and mischief.

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Title: Time Traveling with a Hamstertime-traveling-with-a-hamster a chapter book about time travel

Author: Ross Welford

Target: Grades 4-6

Series: No

What this book is about:

On Al’s twelfth birthday, he gets a hamster and a letter from his dad telling him about a time machine. You see, Al’s dad died suddenly from a piece of metal that had been lodged in his head for years after a go kart accident when he was a kid. Al’s father wants Al to go back in time and stop him from riding the go kart on the fateful day. This adventure will involve breaking and entering, stealing and a whole lot of courage and faith. Al learns that changing the past can have some unintended consequences in the future.

Why I love this book:

  • I often find time travel books really confusing, but this one was surprisingly well done and I understood most of it, which means your kids will too.
  • I couldn’t resist this story the moment I read the first two sentences. “My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine, and again four years later when he was twelve.” Now how is that for pulling you into a story!
  • Loved that the characters were of Indian heritage. Grandpa Byron was especially well done as the clever family member that knows quite a bit more than he lets on.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like stories with time travel or science fiction. Fans of When You Reach Me or A Wrinkle in Time will enjoy this one.

Final thoughts:

This book was originally published in the UK. The British references may throw kids off a bit but it is only a small distraction in enjoying the story.

To purchase this book:

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