Who would have thought it! Those inventions described by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne in their books actually exist, most of them now housed in New York's prestigious Circulating Material Repository. The first young Leo Novikov learns of this is when visited by a tiny version of himself in the miniaturized prototype of Wells' Time Machine. The stage is set for eventual high speed adventures in a bid to save the city....
Welcome here a book full of technology and fun, its two leads immensely appealing. Ultra bright Leo comes from an even more ultra bright family; Jaya Rao delights as his remarkably resourceful companion. A big boo for grudgebucket Simon FitzHenry, whose jealousy sends him so dangerously over the top.
Enjoyable fare, young readers probably taking in their stride time travelling paradoxes that may cause older readers' minds to whirl. (Writer Polly Shulman acknowledges the help needed to sort out complications when tackling such themes.)
Extraordinarily, in the midst of all the excitements, it is a moment in passing that for me made particular impact. In New York, 1895, Leo is amazed to see the night sky so full of stars - a sight never witnessed by the city in modern times.