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K. A. S. Quinn
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1 Mar 2010 Chronicles of the Tempus
Atlantic's first children' book announces the arrival of "Chronicles of the Tempus", a major new trilogy for 9-12 year old readers. Imagine E. Nesbit crossed with Philip Pullman. Why is Katie Berger-Jones-Burg under a sofa in Buckingham Palace? The last thing she can remember is reading in her bedroom, trying to block out the sound of the TV. Now she is in London, at the height of Queen Victoria's reign. Something very strange is going on. Together with her two new friends - Princess Alice, the young daughter of Queen Victoria, and James O'Reilly, the son of the royal doctor - Katie must discover why she has been sent back in time. And who are the weird and frightening creatures who seek her out? The key, it seems, lies with the enigmatic Bernardo DuQuelle. As the dark forces moving through the royal household begin to take control, Katie and her friends uncover a plot to assassinate the Queen and unearth an even darker mystery...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; 1st Paperback Printing edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848873700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848873704
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Portrayed with wit and lightness of touch... I was won over by the humour in this story... I'm certain that the spirited Katie Berger-Jones-Burg will persuade readers to come back for further instalments of this engaging time-travelling adventure.' -- Linda Buckley-Archer, Guardian

'Transporting... entertaining... Packed with historical detail' -- Vogue

'Parents vs grown-ups: kids love that. I imagine they will like the adventure and supernatural elements too.' -- Daily Telegraph

'An exhilarating time-travelling adventure story.' --Telegraph

'Completely gripping, this rollercoaster time travel adventure takes Katie, a contemporary New York teenager, right back to the heart of Queen Victoria's reign.' -- LoveReading4Kids

'Made me laugh out loud. I was won over by the humour in this story. The spirited Katie Berger-Jones-Burg will persuade readers to come back for further instalments of this engaging, time-travelling adventure.' --Guardian

'There are shades of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland...a great read for 9-12 year-olds.' --Times of India

About the Author

K. A. S. Quinn was born and raised in California and studied History and English at Vassar College. For ten years she was the publisher of the Spectator. She has written for The Times, Telegraph, Independent and Wall Street Journal, as well as appearing on Any Questions, A Good Read, Famous Lives and Broadcasting House for the BBC. She is married to Stephen Quinn, the publishing director of Vogue. They live in London and have two small boys. She still reads children's books in bed, after lights out, with a torch.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Exciting and Funny 31 Mar 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This book begins with Katie Berger-Jones-Burg. She lives in New York with a selfish mother who pays no attention to her. So Katie reads, all the time. Before you know it, she's fallen into her book and ended up in Queen Victoria's Palace. She's gone back in time, by over 100 years.

Each chapter is full of adventure. There's a robbery, a kidnap, several assasination attempts, plus the great mystery of why Katie has travelled back through time. The main characters, Katie, Princess Alice, and James O'Reilly are really good. Katie is also very funny, especially when she's trying to understand how things work in a different time.

It's a long book, but very fast to read, because so much happens. I would have liked more information on why Katie travels through time, as I found this confusing. But I hear there's another book coming about Katie, so hopefully in this one I'll learn more.

I thought this was the best book I've read this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun time travelling adventure 17 July 2011
Format:Paperback
The first thing that I have to mention about The Queen Must Die is the cover, it is absolutely gorgeous. I know it looks good online in an image but the actual cover itself is even better in the flesh with sparkly stars finishing it off.

Aside from my little detour :) The Queen Must Die sounds sounds like a wonderful concept for a young girl from our time to be transported back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria, to be actually in Buckingham Palace and meet certain members of the royal family.

And to be fair I loved the members we met, I thought they interacted well with each other and were believable and when they met Katie they're initial reactions were about right. I loved how elements of history were wound into the story making it not only in places an enjoyable read but also slightly educational - we even get a sneak peak at the crystal palace (though it's nowhere near enough to effect exams (as the author points out near the end :) )

The story kept me guessing, and I was left wondering at points if the title was going to have any relevance to the plot. It does get there, trust me! For me however the story got going a little bit too late, for a story which has a time travel element there was only an occasional reference to it and the effects that Katie could have on the future by being there weren't made until the story was almost over.

I think young readers will love it and gobble it up especially those with an interest in history.

Source: Corvus (Atlantic Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining time travel romp 12 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
The Queen Must Die is a time travel adventure story featuring Katie Berger-Jones-Burg, a young girl from New York who finds herself in the palace of Queen Victoria, at the time when the Crystal Palace was being built. With the help of Princess Alice and a doctor's boy called James O'Reilly, Katie discovers a plot to assassinate the queen and has to try everything to prevent it from coming to pass. But there are sinister figures creeping through the palace at night, and supernatural forces at work - Katie is not the only time-traveller in the city...

On the whole I really enjoyed The Queen Must Die by K. A. S. Quinn. It was exciting, dark in places, and very humorous, but I had a few niggles as I was reading it.

I think the biggest issue is that this novel felt a lot like setting up the idea of time travelling and the forces of good and evil that utilise the art of time travelling. It is the first in a planned trilogy, and therefore a few of the details were slightly sketchy.

The strongest part of the novel was the characterisation. Katie was a fabulously strong voice - a brave and sassy American girl, who is able to use her wits under pressure. She's also presented as being a reader - and, of course, I'm massively in favour of seeing characters like this in children's books! Princess Alice was presented very ably as a product of her time - meek at times, and realising that her place in society is limited by her sex. The comparison that can be made between Katie and Alice shows just how much life has changed for women over the years. James O'Reilly is an excellent foil for both the girls - dour and grumpy most of the time, reluctantly admiring of Katie's tomboy abilities, such as catching balls and climbing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Adventure 14 Mar 2010
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Katie is a modern teen, who finds it hard to get on with her peers, and likes nothing better than camping out under her bed with her books. After falling asleep whilst reading one day, Katie suddenly finds herself in Victorian England, under a sofa in Buckingham Palace.

The majority of the book is a historical adventure. Katie is discovered by Princess Alice, the young daughter of the Queen, and then by James, the son of the royal doctor. Whilst trying to work out how Katie has gotten there, and finding a way home for her, they uncover a plot to assassinate the Queen. The three young people learn to work together, to find all the answers.

The historical aspect is handled really well, especially the descriptions of The Crystal Palace, which was built for the 1851 Great Exhibition. It lead me to find out a little more, and anything which encourages further reading/ research in children has to be good!

The adventure part of the story does run all the way through, but it picks up more in the second half. It was during this second half that I found myself drawn back to the book much more.

Towards the end of the book, the issue of Katie's time travelling is explored in greater detail, as the books strays into the realm of science fiction / fantasy. For me, this aspect of the book didn't work quite as well as the historical and adventure aspects. However, if the author hadn't explored this issue, I'm not sure how Katie's existence there would have been explained. Plus, of course, in the days of the like of Dr Who, this aspect will probably actually be welcomed by young readers.

The Queen Must Die is the first in a new trilogy, and I understand the main characters will be returning. I'm certainly interested to see where the author will take the story in the next book, and I will be encouraging my daughter to take a look too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars umm?!
i an sorry but i found his book bad. i found it slow paced and i jut couldnt get into it! i liked some parts, but i just found it increbly slow and i tried for a fortnight but i... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zennor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see the Victorian period in children's time travel story
Refreshing to see this period in history used for a time travel story.

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Published 9 months ago by K. J. Noyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Only got part-way through then got distracted
This book is ok, it didn't have the gripping beginning I like that draws me in to the story. But it is well described and I can see all the detail of where they live in my head. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J, Swindon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen Must Die - an excellent read
This fast moving book starts in a zany corner of our modern world but quickly escapes into an exciting exploration of the Victorian Age offering snippets of history intertwined... Read more
Published 16 months ago by HydrogenRevolution
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VERY FUNNY, GREAT ADVENTURE, EXCELLENT HISTORY

"I came to this book because my son in Year 5 brought it home from school. He loved it, and I did too. Read more
Published 16 months ago by LucyLu
1.0 out of 5 stars A parent's perspective
Am so surprised no-one here has commented, am I really alone? This book is aimed at children as young as 7, on some websites, my youngest is 10 - and it is not suitable. Read more
Published 16 months ago by peanut&utter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
I really enjoyed this. I bought it on my Kindle for 99p as I was looking for cheap things to put on there, and had no idea wht to expect. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MrsMe
4.0 out of 5 stars a great look at victorian life from a new angle
i enjoyed this book very much it rolls along at a good pace and all the characters are very belivable
Published 17 months ago by cathie
5.0 out of 5 stars KAS QUINN
very pleased with this item, and the fast delivery of this item it was better than i thought.
thanks verymuch
Published 18 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen at War
This is a fantastic #2 in a series. It was so exciting, the characters so rich and the story fast paced -- I couldn't put it down. K.A.S. Quinn is brilliant!!!
Published 18 months ago by CT Jones
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