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Whirl of the Wheel Paperback – 12 May 2010
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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.
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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