Pub Date 15 May 2018
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A power cut and a series of mini disasters means friends, Jess, Nadia, Tomma and Ash barely make it to the station to catch their train to school. What they find is a far cry from the usual packed commuter train they're expecting...
When they arrive at Hickley School, the children are surprised to find some of the buildings missing and they don't recognise any of the other pupils, who are all dressed in a different style of uniform. The only person who takes the time to help them is Martha, despite being preoccupied by her own worries about her family being hungry and not hearing from brother, Henry whom she says is away fIghting.
The children soon realise this is no normal day and it's not until they return home that they're able to figure out what happened. What they don't know is whether it was a one-off day, or if they will get to see Martha and the other pupils again. Jess hopes so. She has something she needs to tell Martha. Not knowing how or why, she feels a connection and an obligation to this girl she can't explain.
This is a really engaging and moving story based on a brilliant premise (no spoilers here!) which brings history to life, enabling children to really understand what it must have been like to live through some of the most troubled and challenging times in the last century. Nadia, Tomma, Ash and Jess are a likeable bunch whose experiences on what should have been an ordinary school day – which turns out to be anything but – teach them not only about the reality of the First World War but also valuable life lessons about empathy, compassion and courage. Time School shows us how what happened in the past still influences our lives today, in a story that is thought-provoking and packed full of adventure and excitement.