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Timesnatch [Paperback]

Robert Swindells
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1 Mar 2001
Once a creature is extinct, it's gone for ever, isn't it? Not any more - as a butterfly from the past proves. The physicist mother of Kizzy Rye and Fraser Rye has invented an amazing time machine that can travel back into the past, snatch a plant or animal now extinct and bring it back into the present. It's a wonderful achievement, a real scientific breakthrough. But the machine - 'Rye's Apparatus' - has a horrifying potential. Suddenly Kizzy and Fraser find themselves caught up in a terrifying spiral of events - events that lead finally to a monstrous demand from a sinister and violent organization...This book is the winner of the 1995 Earthworm award, 7-11 year-old category.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Yearling Books; Second edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440864666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440864660
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Spellbinding plot... an unstoppable pace... a stirring achievement, certain to absorb and provoke a wide audience' Times Educational Supplement 'A fast-moving, readable thriller which will provoke considerable questioning and thought' Books for Keeps Mentioned on letters page SFX 20051101

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A gripping thriller about time travel - from a Carnegie Medal-winning author. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for 9-12 year olds 29 Jan 2008
By ossian
I loved this book when i read it, many years ago. I can still remember what it was about, so it must have made a impression. Basically it is the story of how a time machine, designed to bring back extinct animals, attracts the attention of some very unsavoury individuals.
I would recommend this book for 9-12 year olds who want a good read, though it will be especially apreciated by sci-fi fans.
Perhaps not the most subtle book, it raises questions about the uses and abuses of science in a way accessible for children.
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This is an incredibly interesting premise for a time travel story. A dedicated scientist invents a time machine, and with her two children, uses it to bring extinct animals, birds and plants from the past into the present. (Described as being the year 2040, but actually a very recognisable 1994, with payphones, no internet, and a recession.) She only intends it to be a positive force for good.

However, once its existence is leaked to the media, she is besieged with the fans of a deceased rock star, a grieving old man who's lost his wife, a dinosaur fan group who want to build a real Jurassic Park, the Ministry of Defence, and a neo-Nazi group who think Hitler should be running Britain - though they haven't stopped to consider whether he actually speaks English or not. And these people are very fanatical, and very dangerous, and only her two brave and quick-thinking children can now save her.....

It's written in a very naturalistic way, with comparisons made to other scientists who discovered how to split the atom, and so caused the invention of nuclear war. A lively but thoughtful science fiction adventure for 9+ years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 July 2011
A great science-fiction book for 10 - 12 year olds, which gives them an opportunity to really think long and hard about consequences and chain reactions, even when intentions are good - great stuff!!
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