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Chaos Clock (Kelpies)

Chaos Clock (Kelpies) [Kindle Edition]

Gill Arbuthnott
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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'Gill Arbuthnott knows just what a strange and alien place a museum can be and she exploits the other-worldliness to spine-chilling effect. An unusual, enjoyable combination of fantasy thriller and psychological drama with a warmly satisfying ending.' -- Kathryn Ross, The Scotsman (Christmas Picks) 'A dramatic read, well crafted, well sustained and imaginative. Kate and David's friendship is based on that between Gill Arbuthnott's daughter and her friend, and its feeling of unforced authenticity is one of the strengths of the story. The relationships within the two families are also utterly convincing, written without affectation of self-consciousness. Aimed at 8 to 12 year olds.' -- Di Hope, Times Education Supplement Scotland 'A most engaging fantasy novel. What might have been a straightforward tussle is enriched and complicated by the personal circumstances of the children, particularly David for whom the temptation to return to a time when his mother is still alive proves desperately appealing. Edinburgh, and particularly the city's Museum of Scotland, provides the atmospheric setting and props for this tightly plotted novel. Dynamic and satisfying. For readers aged nine to 12.' -- Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald 'This time-slip novel is a great read: convincingly narrated with good characterisation, a plot full of mystery and suspense, and a palpable sense of history.' -- Booktrusted ( 'A challenging read, with finely-drawn characters. The children are set in functional, as opposed to dysfunctional, families -- in itself a refreshing change; David's father is a single parent, but through death rather than divorce. And bereavement -- in particular, David's grieving for his mother -- is explored in a sensible and sensitive way. The first of a new series of 'Contemporary Kelpies', this novel is worthy of its famous predecessors.' -- Elizabeth Finlayson, School Librarian Journal 'I thought this book was well-written ... the story is very well done. I would give it marks for originality.' -- Stuart, James Gillespie's High School, Teen Titles

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Kate and David are eleven years old and best of friends, playing football and doing their museum project together. But in Edinburgh, where they live, time is coming unstuck and the past is breaking loose. Old Mr Flowerdew needs their help in the war between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, centred around the mysterious Millennium Clock. But can Kate use her grandmother’s golden necklace to restrain the power of Chaos, and will David be able to help the Guardians, even if it means losing his mother all over again?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0863159834
  • Publisher: Kelpies (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDW4O2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gill Arbuthnott was born in Edinburgh and, after moving north to St Andrews and south to Southampton, ended up exactly where she started. She has been writing forever, and has been a published children's author since 2003. She writes fiction and non-fiction and reckons that being a children's author is probably the best job in the world (though not the best paid...). She has recently completed her first picture book and is working on a new novel set in Fife. You can find out more at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Romp for Younger Readers 19 July 2004
A perfect summer-holiday page-turner for the under 12's. The Chaos Clock has insider value for readers who know Edinburgh, but whether they do or not Gill Arbuthnott is guaranteed to engage them with a classic good vs evil adventure. Owing a lot to writers like Susan Cooper, the story is an addition to the canon of tales of great powers holding our lives in the balance. Kate and David, the children at the centre of the story are believable contemporary kids (where this firmly differs from Susan Cooper's 1960s creations). David's personal history, with his mother's death haunting him, adds a bit of grit to the narrative. Kate's family is nicely drawn - particularly the slightly harassed mother and toddler Ben.
Over all The Chaos Clock is short sweet and lively. The perfect recipe for quiet children on a not-too-long flight or car journey with the added pleasure that I enjoyed it a whole lot myself too. I look forward to its sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new book & writer!!! 13 Jan 2004
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This was the best book I've read in ages - I bought it for my nine-year old son while in Edinburgh over Christmas, and couldn't wait for him to finish it (actually, I didn't, I read it when he was asleep!) and he adored it - he's going through it for a second time, and to his delight it's a signed copy!
It has a rip-roaring plot, great characters, fantastic locations & loads of excitement to boot - we can't wait for her next book!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of 'The Chaos Clock' 30 Nov 2003
This is an excellent first novel aimed a children aged 9-12. It is set in an atmospheric Edinburgh with much of the action taking place in the city's excellent Chambers Street museum. The central characters, Kate and David, are in engaged in a race against time to prevent time itself unraveling. A measured start to the novel quickly becomes a page turner. The characterisation of the principal actors is convincing and vignettes of the city will attract those who know Edinburgh.
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