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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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on 27 April 2004
The book is about some young children who found out about their mothers timemachine, so they go back in time to find rare or extinct animals to saveand bring them back to the present. The book is set on Earth but not aparticular place because they travel to different places to find the rightanimal. They get themselves in trouble with the police and animals fromthe past, pack full of action all through the book.
The story starts with the average family in their holidays playingwith their friends, and then the machine gets discovered by the children,they also find what their mother’s job is really like. Timesnatch has someunexpected twists, but they aren’t unexpected if you read the book indepth, but it also makes it more interesting than jus skim reading it.
In my opinion, I don’t really like slow books which have pauses ofexcitement between parts of the book. This book is no exception, but itisn’t slow moving, it is quite fast, it gets from one point to anotherwithout a couple of pages in between the action.
The ending is verysurprising, all through the book makes the ending seem really predictable,you would be able to write it yourself, but when it comes it’s a realsurprise and the action is really amazing.
There are two main characters in the book that are both 12-13years old, they are brother and sister who go back in time to get a maleand female of an extinct animal. The book is full of excitement andentertainment, packed with action and some comedy.
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on 7 March 2000
the book was very interesting partly due to the fact that the subject was totally different from other books...
Robert could have started the book before Professor had invented the machine...
on the whole it was great and quite educational!
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on 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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on 4 October 2014
My granddaughter (12) loved this and read it non-stop from cover to cover.
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on 29 January 2008
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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on 2 May 2001
This book is based in the not so distant future. It is all about how this scientist makes a time machine and tries to bring back extinct animals. The machine goes publick and Nazi's try to use the scientist's time machine to bring back Hitler.
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