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Time traveling with a hamster (edició 2016)

de Ross Welford

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Twelve-year-old Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad's time machine and travels back to 1984 with his pet hamster to prevent the go-kart accident that killed his father.
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Títol:Time traveling with a hamster
Autors:Ross Welford
Informació:New York Schwartz & Wade Books [2016]
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Time Travelling with a Hamster de Ross Welford

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A time travelling wonder

I know this is a children’s book and I’m some years beyond childhood myself, but still I loved it. I admit that I’ve had a bit of a thing about time travel since reading ‘A Traveller in Time’ by Alison Uttley as a teenager. Much as I love (and recommend) that book, this book has so much more to offer the 21st Century reader. The hero, twelve year old Al, received a letter from his late father asking him to use a time machine to travel back in time to change an event that later lead to his (Dad’s) early death. Simple, thinks Al, but in the tradition of all quests everything that can go wrong does, and Al jeopardises more than his own future. I can’t say much more about the plot without spoiling a story that everyone who enjoys a good story, with great characters, real fun and true empathy should read. Give yourself a treat and try a bit of time travelling. ( )
  bookwormbev17 | Dec 4, 2020 |
This book feels like an achievement.

I fell in love with Al, a British-Indian nerd who's dealing with bullies at school and the death of his dad. Welford makes so many big, messy topics really accessible and I'm grateful to him for that.

Al Chaudhry is an incredibly well-developed character. He's intelligent, sensitive and knows when adults are talking about him and talking down to him. That's perhaps one of my favourite aspects of Welford's writing -- he acknowledges how perceptive children are much like Roald Dahl did to me when I was little.

The character development and arcs was probably my favourite aspect of this book. I loved its tone but the plot fell a little in the middle -- there were lots of logistics to time travel that I don't think always had to be revisited but I liked that there was a lot at stake and it felt like a really well-paced book.

Time Traveling with a Hamster is cheeky and facetious and speaks to all of us. This chunky novel is meant for middle grade but I think it's totally readable no matter how old you are. I feel like I'll miss this book. ( )
  lydia1879 | Feb 1, 2020 |
Okay, color me impressed! You've heard me praise the wonders of Middle Grade fiction and its wonderful authors many a time, and yet it never fails to stun me how much goodness comes out of the books written for this age group. Ross Welford has penned a gem here. Time Traveling With A Hamster simultaneously pulls together the importance of family, the grey areas we face when making hard decisions, the beauty (and issues) associated with being passionate about something, and even owning up to ones own mistakes. I am so thrilled to have read this, and can't recommend it enough!

Now, let me put out there that there are actually a fair amount of high end concepts in this book. As a reader who believes fully in not talking down to young readers, I was smitten with this. Al Chadhury's father was a brilliant man. One who wasn't afraid to dabble in science and theory, ultimately leading to his discovery of time travel. Through Al's travels in time, and the letters his father left behind, he learns so much about everything his dad was passionate about. There are brilliant descriptions of the theory of relativity, and examples that actually make it palatable for young minds. There's even discussions of memory devices. Suffice it to say, I was blown away by the sheer amount of lessons in here.

Better still, none of those lessons seemed to slow down the overall pace of the story. I admit that it took a few chapters to really get going, as some books do, but once I was immersed that was it. Al's quest to save his dad flew by. His brushes with danger, his quick thinking to get out of hairy situations, his realizations that he might not be as clever as the thought he was, all of it just blurred together into this gorgeous story that wouldn't let me go. The ending is perfection, especially for an MG read, and I couldn't have been happier.

Long story short? This is a must have for reading lists of all ages, but specifically I think this would be a wonderful book to share as a family. There are just so many good ideas caught up in here, I feel like it would be an amazing read to share between parents and their children. Ross Welford has written the type of story that transcends age groups, and that's no easy feat! Add this to your reading list. You won't regret it.
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  roses7184 | Feb 5, 2019 |
Great fun on lots of levels. I love time travel and this contained all the best elements of the best sci fi. It was funny, scary, insightful, suspenseful, and touching in turns. I liked the way the boy grew to be grateful for all the people in his life. And still the author was able to make this quite the page turner as well. Good boys book! ( )
  njcur | Sep 1, 2016 |
Reviewed for VPRC. Al 's father is dead so when a letter from him appears on his 12th birthday Al is suddenly thrown into a chaotic life whereby he can travel back in time to change the course of the future. But time is relative - if Al goes back and stops his father from having the go-kart accident that will ultimately kill him 20 years later ( i.e.metal spike in the brain) how will this effect Al's future?
Interesting as it explains the time/relativity /inter-dimension paradox very well. The hamster is Al's guinea pig ( so to speak) in the time machine. A story of science (time travel) and also of family (Al' s father's death) and friendship (Al bonds with his father as a 12 year old against the neighborhood bully.)
Recommended because despite the science, the story kept me reading to find out what would happen. (Reminded me of Back to the Future movies.) ( )
  nicsreads | Jul 25, 2016 |
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