Time Travelling with a Hamster

Ross Welford

Time Travelling with a Hamster
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Time Travelling with a Hamster

Ross Welford

My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve. The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn’t been for his ‘time machine’…

When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad’s time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, burglary, and setting his school on fire. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer…


Under instruction from his deceased father, low-key, likeable hero Al is caught riding a wave of action and criminal behaviour as he goes back in time to stop the go-kart accident that caused his father’s early death.

Al has a great relationship with his charming, robe-wearing, chai-drinking Indian grandfather, and a focus on family in this novel means the author has created a warm and funny time-travel story that doesn’t ever come off as corny. Simple explanations of Einstein’s theory are included within the text and this book nurtures an interest in scientific theory in its readers. Strong, thoughtful characters, along with plenty of wit and adventure, ensure it will appeal to a wide audience though. Great for ages 9 and up.

Kim Gruschow works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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