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Whirl of the Wheel [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Condie
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three children whirl back in time through an enchanted potter’s wheel into the reality of evacuation in 1940s Britain . . . Whirl of the Wheel pulls feisty Connie, her brother Charlie-Mouse, and school pest Malcolm into dangers on the homefront and towards a military operations secret that will save their home. The children hit trouble when Malcolm fails to return to the present day. This fast-moving adventure will keep you guessing . . .

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bear Books (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2R1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,708 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Born in Cambridge, UK, Catherine Condie trained as a business linguist. Her first job was in corporate communications and public relations, where she progressed as an in-house writer and magazine editor for several organisations in the science community. She is also a singer/songwriter and guitarist with a catalogue of ballads and folk-pop, which she first performed in the Club Tent at the Cambridge Folk Festival at the age of 19.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a "Whirl" of a time with this one! 11 Dec. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 11 Dec. 2012
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Hi. I am a man of 64 years old and have ceen married for 40 of those years. I have a great wife, two fine sons and four terrific grandchildren. I normally buy books which are fact and non fiction. I purchased this book quite accidently as I assumed that for some reason or another that it was an historical book. I was wrong, it is a work of fiction for children. I did not realise this until I retired early a few evenings back and started to read it. I was still reading it at midnight. It is a really,lovely,gentle,harmless book. and it was so easy to read. There are no indiscretions of human nature in the book, absolutely no profanitary swearing..and it was a total pleasure to read. There is a sequel to the book of which I am making an effort to locate. To end with. Wonderful story & capivating I must relate to the very least that it can be read and enjoyed by anyone from 6 years old to a 100 years old. Sid Berry UK Brighton.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shared Read 17 April 2012
By Nessa
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I shared this book with my 8 year old son, who is not really into books. We both really enjoyed it and he even borrowed the kindle to read it by himself (I don't think he has ever voluntarily picked up a book). It was a good read and would be interesting to both boys and girls. We also read The Haunted Trouserswhich had a second world war/time travel theme too and he really enjoyed that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 16 Jan. 2014
By Andy
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This is a good little story, which can appeal to all. The author is a very good writer and puts the story together very well. The characters are full bodied and beliveable. I liked the style of writting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, old fashioned fantasy for all ages. 6 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Whirl of the wheel is an old fashioned story for all ages centering on a group of time travelling children. It is charming, wonderfully written, warm hearted and enjoyable. If you are looking for fast paced action, this book isn't it. If however you are looking for an easy, short, deliberately paced read, with bags of heart and likeable, interesting characters, then you could do a lot worse than this. Well worth an hour or three of your time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review from Goodreads 6/4/14 13 Jun. 2015
By Hazel
Format:Kindle Edition
Wheelchair bound twelve-year old Connie and her brother, Charlie-Mouse are being forced to move house, as the Vicarage they live in is schedule for demolition. Convinced that the building is steeped in history, they discover a way of travelling back in time with the help of Wendy the Wendlewitch, determined to uncover evidence to save their home.

The children arrive in 1940s Britain where they meet Kit and Bert, evacuees from London, who are living in the village with their aunt and uncle. After Connie explains what they are doing there, the four of them become good friends. However things get shaken up when school bully, Malcolm, follows them into the past and then goes missing during an air raid.

Will the children ever see Malcolm again? Will they save their home? The story is to be continued in a sequel.

As well as being an exciting adventure, Whirl of the Wheel contrasts life now with the way things were during the war years, and teaches the reader about what it was like for children to be away from their parents during such a dangerous time. This is an ideal gift for both a son and daughter, or grandchild. (Age 8+)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't End 26 May 2014
By Julie
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I was really enjoying the book until it stopped abruptly but promised a sequel in September 2011. As that date is long past I eagerly looked for the second installment to discover that it hasn't been written. As the fist in a series this book would work but if it is intended to stand alone, it will leave you sorely disappointed with too many loose ends untied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Whirl of the wheel was alright 12 Aug. 2013
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This was rather short, and I didn't realise you need to buy the next book to find out the end of the story.

But overall it was ok, easy enough to read and I got quite into it. The story idea was good, that children can go back in time to world war times and see what their village was like then, but I really didn't like it not containing the ending.
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