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The Time Sphere: Book I: The Search For The Sphere Gate by [Albert, A.E.]
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About the Author

My name is A.E. Albert (Aimee). I'm a Child and Youth Worker by profession and an aspiring author in heart. I love what I do, but I believe in following the path of higher purpose. So, here I am putting myself out into the World Wide Web, ready to embrace the positive and negative consequences and hopefully learn from both. I have many passions in life. Believe it or not, I didn't discover writing until late in life. Of course, I'm an avid reader. I also love traveling; I've been half way around the world. I also adore history and science, just to name a few. You may think it's interesting that all of these elements happen to be in my book. Well, before I began hammering on a keyboard, I went through the first phase of deciding what to write. This was actually one of the most difficult stages. Yet, once the plot and characters took form in my mind’s eye, the story took on a life of its own. It was as though the only control I had was placing my fingers on the keyboard. Of course, this has everything to do with taking knowledge and experience you already have and putting it on paper. I adore the story of Anne of Green Gables. During this time of serious pondering, I suddenly remembered Gilbert's advice to Anne..."Write what you know". So I took what I knew and The Time Sphere was born. But then I thought, why stop there? The truth was, there was no greater quantity of knowledge I gained then from my job working with children. That was when Billy was born and the true purpose to my story revealed itself. You know something? I believe our stories are revealed to us. It is though they have a life of their own. For ten years, I worked as a Child & Youth Worker in residential group homes. I've worked and cared for many children like the ones described in my book and I've always felt that these children have been misunderstood. So, through humor and the occasional tear, I attempted to inform the reader what it is really like for the children of social services. I took my work experience, natural creative talent and love of adventure and history to produce this work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4624 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Aimee Albert; 1 edition (7 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MJBQQQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,451 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was a truly enjoyable read! Billy Townsend is a thirteen year old boy who has no family or friends, and is bullied every day. Immediately I wanted to see this kid rise above and the ending did not disappoint! It seems he lives an unfortunate life until his world is forever changed when he meets a mysterious stranger who he travels with (through time) and comes into his own and learns how to look to himself to deal with his own struggles in life. Such a wonderful lesson to be learned for our young generation. I really hope elementary and middle-grade teachers read or suggest this book to their students. Adults will love this book too. It’s a wonderfully written fantastical and philosophical journey.
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Billy Townsend is an orphaned boy who tries not to be noticed. He spends most of his time avoiding attention because he has become tired of being picked on by others who look down upon the kids from a care home. Having moved on from home to home, throughout his young life, Billy sees little point in making friends with others, until one day he is surprised to find Jeanie wants to be his friend. She insists on it even though he tells her not to bother, since it is likely he will soon be moving again.

When one day a quirky, elderly man called Dickens takes them on a journey through time they embark upon a fascinating adventure. They meet several brilliant historical heroes, such as Archimedes and Descartes, and Billy begins to learn as much about himself as he does about history. This charming and intriguing coming of age story offers a lot to its young readers: thrills, spills, humour and a few poignant moments when you may shed a tear. The twist towards the end was clever and a surprise and made for a satisfactory conclusion to the story.

The Time Sphere is the device that makes the adventure possible and its origins and eventual destination are as interesting to the reader as are the events that envelope Billy and Jeanie. A E Albert is to be congratulated on her first novel and I expect this book will attract many young fans wanting more. I found a couple of confusing instances in the sequencing of the plot, but nothing that prevented my enjoyment from beginning to end.
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Billy never went out of his way to be noticed and not because he was shy or humble. Billy grew up an orphan, in and out of group homes. He was not accepted by other kids and so thought himself less. Then everything changed. Jeanie, a fiery red-haired girl took notice of him and together they stumbled into a man who would take them far away from the lives they knew and the time they were familiar with.

The Time Sphere introduces time travel as a means to tell more than just the main characters’ stories. It tells the story of Archimedes, Descarte, and several other historical figures. The Time Sphere is like a teen version of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, where Billy and Jeanie must figure out the secret of the Time Sphere through ancient philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians. They must travel through time and place to find out what controls the Time Sphere so they can get back to their own time and place.

The plot twist near the end was wonderfully surprising and I thoroughly appreciated it for its cleverness. Everything just made sense in an instant and all the questions I had were answered. Time made sense. Plot made sense. Characters made sense. It was one of the best ‘aha’ moments a reader can get.

Through Billy’s journey, he must learn to accept those who are different, and in doing so, accept himself. This book is full of take home messages and facts about historical places and figures. Billy learns that appearances are deceiving, to have faith that what is right will overcome all wrongs, love is not defined by duration, but by the person’s choice to endure, to defend the weak, etc. Most of all though, Billy learns that “A true knight is just a state of mind,” (Location 3011).
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This is a delightful coming of age story. Billy is an orphan who has been in and out of group homes. The kids at his school don’t accept him. He’s so used to not fitting in he’s surprised when Jeanie wants to be his friend. He tells her not to bother since more than likely he’ll have to move again soon. He’s always moving to a new group home.

Then Billy meets Dickens. Billy, Jeanie, and Dickens travel through time meeting fascinating and brilliant people, such as Archimedes and Descartes. Their goal is to find a way back. Yet, Billy learns so much more.

Billy’s journey teaches him not just history, but about himself and the value of friends, love and trust. The author has done a wonderful job creating such a fascinating, heart-warming, and fun novel for young readers. There are twists and turns, and one of the twists is one of those wonderful moments where you think, “I should have seen that coming, but didn’t.” This is a clever story. And being the history nerd that I am, I loved all the history bits. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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This is an entertaining book for younger readers, aimed perhaps at early teens. The main characters are generally well drawn (although Dickens is a little flat) and the story offers a very good, plausible time machine mechanism. The strongest part of the book was that set in Billy's group home, which felt real and believable. The bulk of the story is weighted in favour of time in the past, where the history was well researched and well presented with a dash of humour. The plot is as complex as one would expect from a time travel story, leaving the way open for a sequel or series. I did feel that the book as a whole was just slightly rough, with occasional typos or syntactical errors and that character development - which was good - could have been a little smoother. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable read and I can recommend it.

Note: I received a free copy for an objective, non-reciprocal review.
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