Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent, Scholastic NZ
This is an exciting time-slip story in which 12-year-old Ben travels back in time to meet his great-grandfather in 1935. Ben is having a few problems – he doesn’t like his crotchety old great-grandfather coming to stay, and his best friend seems far too impressed by a new boy at school called Connor who’s got criminal tendencies. But one day Ben finds his great-grandfather, Charlie, sleeping like the dead, and when he touches him Ben zooms back to the unfamiliar and frightening world of 1935. It takes a while for him (and Charlie) to realise that Ben is travelling back in time via Charlie’s memories. Young Charlie and his friends are also having trouble with a mean schoolmate, and eventually everyone realises the bad guys in both time eras are related. How are Ben and Charlie going to stop Connor and his great-grandfather destroying something important and thus drastically changing the course of future events? The twin plot strands are nicely woven together, with the present-day and historical stories gripping the reader’s interest until they combine - and the problems are solved in both past and present. This would make an absorbing read for intermediate ages (especially boys) who like a comfortable blend of reality-based adventure with a light touch of fantasy.
Adele Broadbent's teen novel 'Too Many Secrets' was nominated for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in 2011 and 'Just Jack' was a finalist in the 2012 Awards. Adele has also written a number of chapter books and articles for the educational market. She lives in Napier with her husband and two teenage sons.
ISBN 978 1 77543 226 5 $19.50 Hb