Twelve year-old Connie and her brother, Charlie-Mouse, are desperate. School pest Malcolm Mollet's dad has applied to the local city council for permission to knock down their home and build new ones on the site. The whole family is, quite naturally, very upset about the affair, and the children decide to take matters into their own hands.
With the help of their strange neighbour, Wendy the Wendlewitch, and her magical potter's wheel, Connie and Charlie-Mouse travel back in time to 1940s Britain - first on their own, then subsequently with Malcolm - to discover the history of their home, and hopefully the secret that will save it from demolition. A problem arises, however, when Malcolm disappears on one of the trips back in time and Connie and Charlie-Mouse have to leave him behind. Strangely, nobody else in the present seems to notice that Malcolm is no longer there!
This is a gripping story, with a surprising twist in the tail. Although it was written for slightly younger, pre-teenage children, adults who grew up in the sixties, seventies and eighties on a diet of films about the second world war should also find it captivating. Whirl of the Wheel
certainly brought back memories of childhood and childhood adventures (real and imaginary) for me. I can thoroughly recommend it as a read for the whole family.