Tag: Children

Time Trap by Richard Smith

Posted December 14, 2015

Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house in London? Jamie and Todd, two 13-year-olds, are destined to find out when they go to stay with Jamie’s Uncle Simon, an historian, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts.

Hector, a veteran from the First Afghan War, joined a covert expedition to China, returning to work on a secret Government project in an underground laboratory at the British Museum. He vanished soon after, never to be heard from again.

Simon has access to the lab, and shows the two boys a strange, huge, iron arch – which, unknown to him, is a time-travel device. They are briefly left alone when the building is struck by lightning. Its power energises the mysterious arch, and sends the boys back in time to the year 1862. There, they must survive disease and danger at every turn, and encounter some of the wicked characters of Victorian London. They quickly realise that only if they can, somehow, find Hector Lightfoot will they ever be able to get home again. To survive in the meantime, they join a street gang and are soon sucked into acts of crime.

Hector has gone into hiding to escape an evil organisation, determined to use the time-travel device to gain world domination. But he has the all-important crystal which without, the time-travel device is useless. Whilst Hector evades the sinister faction, Jamie becomes convinced that the two ghosts he saw earlier are following them…

The book has a London walk connected to the story: the Time Trap Trail.

I will send you a book if you would like to see it.

Richard

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The Blacksmith and The Apprentice by Stone Marshall

Posted October 19, 2015

Ever wonder what life is like in Minecraft? Read Legends and Heroes to find out!
Created by Stone Marshall, the author of the popular Flynn’s Log series.
The Stone Marshall Studio is developing a new series: Legends & Heroes
A hybrid of comic-book style illustrations and short stories. Each issue is fun, challenging, and engaging.
These interrelated  stories follow a series of characters on a journey through life in Minecraft. Relatable characters, thrilling action, and colorful illustrations will suck in readers and leave them excited to read the next adventure!
Secrets await!
Solve the puzzle, uncover secrets!
The Blacksmith and The Apprentice: Issue 1
The ancient art of blacksmithing is a thing of beauty. A lot of hard work goes into the process. It’s very complicated, really. Stoking the flames to many small, contained fires—making lumps of metal into differently shaped items of metal—hitting said lumps of metal with hammers to turn them into different weapons. You can shape metals into whatever item you want.
Okay, it might not be a very interesting job, but apprenticing with the best blacksmith in the kingdom is a huge opportunity. Blacksmiths make the tools everyone needs to get about in their day-to-day lives. It’s a very prestigious and impressive position, although this honor is lost when the position is held by Dane, a youthful boy who dreams of greater adventure!
Luckily, Dane has a skilled master to reign in his daydreaming. Viegar has quite an interesting past. From his years on the Royal Guard to his close relationship with the previous king, he’s quite a friend to have on your side.
There is one other apprentice, Snip, who is much more passionate about his duties than Dane. Between the three of them, they churn out powerful weapons and protective armor, usually with no thanks to Dane.
Of course, no cast of characters would be complete without the big man in charge—in this case, a king. By almost anyone’s account, he’s a good and fair ruler, but there is no one in power without enemies. Though Viegar and his workers only want to help their wonderful king, there are still plenty who wish to do him harm. But Dane can only imagine such things. It’s not as if he’d ever be in the position to really make any sort of difference or be in any place of power.
Right?
And though his apprenticeship is mundane and boring, the young man gets a few moments of excitement. Every once in a while, his master Viegar lets him venture out past the village to visit the caravan, where he can trade and buy supplies. It’s the most excitement Dane ever gets in his line of work.
Sometimes, he gets to meet interesting people.
Sometimes, he hears interesting things.
And maybe, just maybe, he sometimes hears of a new opportunity for himself.
But who would want to give up such a life as an esteemed apprentice?

But of course, destiny and desire are not always what you expect . . .Ever wonder what life is like in Minecraft? Read Legends and Heroes to find out!
Created by Stone Marshall, the author of the popular Flynn’s Log series.
The Stone Marshall Studio is developing a new series: Legends & Heroes
A hybrid of comic-book style illustrations and short stories. Each issue is fun, challenging, and engaging.
These interrelated  stories follow a series of characters on a journey through life in Minecraft. Relatable characters, thrilling action, and colorful illustrations will suck in readers and leave them excited to read the next adventure!
Secrets await!
Solve the puzzle, uncover secrets!
The Blacksmith and The Apprentice: Issue 1
The ancient art of blacksmithing is a thing of beauty. A lot of hard work goes into the process. It’s very complicated, really. Stoking the flames to many small, contained fires—making lumps of metal into differently shaped items of metal—hitting said lumps of metal with hammers to turn them into different weapons. You can shape metals into whatever item you want.
Okay, it might not be a very interesting job, but apprenticing with the best blacksmith in the kingdom is a huge opportunity. Blacksmiths make the tools everyone needs to get about in their day-to-day lives. It’s a very prestigious and impressive position, although this honor is lost when the position is held by Dane, a youthful boy who dreams of greater adventure!
Luckily, Dane has a skilled master to reign in his daydreaming. Viegar has quite an interesting past. From his years on the Royal Guard to his close relationship with the previous king, he’s quite a friend to have on your side.
There is one other apprentice, Snip, who is much more passionate about his duties than Dane. Between the three of them, they churn out powerful weapons and protective armor, usually with no thanks to Dane.
Of course, no cast of characters would be complete without the big man in charge—in this case, a king. By almost anyone’s account, he’s a good and fair ruler, but there is no one in power without enemies. Though Viegar and his workers only want to help their wonderful king, there are still plenty who wish to do him harm. But Dane can only imagine such things. It’s not as if he’d ever be in the position to really make any sort of difference or be in any place of power.
Right?
And though his apprenticeship is mundane and boring, the young man gets a few moments of excitement. Every once in a while, his master Viegar lets him venture out past the village to visit the caravan, where he can trade and buy supplies. It’s the most excitement Dane ever gets in his line of work.
Sometimes, he gets to meet interesting people.
Sometimes, he hears interesting things.
And maybe, just maybe, he sometimes hears of a new opportunity for himself.
But who would want to give up such a life as an esteemed apprentice?

But of course, destiny and desire are not always what you expect . . .

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The Mirror Maze by Trevor Forest

Posted September 3, 2015

On the eve of her ninth birthday, Molly Miggins visits the funfair where her parents are due to perform a live magic show. Molly’s mum is a High Witch and her father is a stage magician who uses real magic. During the performance the disappearing trick goes badly wrong and both of Molly’s parents vanish. Molly meets a wizard who tells her that only she can rescue them.

To succeed in her quest Molly must become a junior witch and try to find a way into the mysterious, ‘void’ where her parents have been trapped. At the witches academy Molly is given an ancient, damaged wand called, Wonky but because of a slight twist in the wand Molly finds it almost impossible to aim a spell accurately. Can Molly master the wand and rescue her parents before the wizard’s deadline or will the nasty tricks and traps he has placed in her way prevent her from fulfilling her quest?

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Magic Molly: The Murky Marshes

Posted August 5, 2015

A book for the children (7-11): Magic Molly and the Murky Marshes

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