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A Chase In Time

A Chase In Time

Author Sally Nicholls
Illustrator Rachael Dean
Series In Time

5-8, 8-12



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From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls, A Chase In Time is the first in a brilliant time-slip adventure series for 9+ readers, beautifully illustrated by Brett Hellquist.

The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex’s aunt’s house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It’s the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help.

Soon they’re caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup – but will they ever be able to return to their own time?

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What the Critics Said

“The first offering in a new time-travelling series blends action and history.”

– The Sunday Express

“The book consists of 10 short, cliffhanger chapters, which an able reader would devour in a sitting… Nicholls is a wonderful storyteller.”

The Telegraph

“My Clock’s ticking for the next in the series.”

The Times

“As Ruby says of Dora’s clothes:  “Someone…should teach you lot about feminism.” Which, later in the series, Nicholls doubtless will.”

 The Daily Telegraph

“With a charismatic cast of characters and fascinating period detail, A Chase In Time is a rip-roaring start to what promises to be a super-hit series.”

Lancashire Evening Post

“Fast, frenetic and completely fun, this book is a must have read.”

– Book Lover Jo

“What an absolutely cracking read! I raced through the pages, absolutely loving the vintage feel of this fast-paced time-slip adventure.”

Library Girl and Book Boy (blog)

“Sally Nicholls is adept at balancing excitement with humour, creating original page-turning stories that are rich with insight.”

– LoveReading4Kids

“A delight from start to finish… a modern classic of a book.”

Minerva Reads (blog)

“A fast adventurous romp, but is also intelligently written so that the reader can take stock of history, its place in our present, and garner greater understanding of the general kindness of others.”

Research Rich Pedagogies

“Like Downton Abbey meets Back to the Future… A Chase in Time is a breathless blast to the past that’ll leave you wanting to read more of this series and more of Sally Nicholls!”

The Reader Teacher (blog)

“Miranda (aged 8) loved all the period detail and comparisons with present-day clothes and customs, and was thrilled that Ruby feels she has a lot to teach her ancestors about feminism! Great for the seven-to-nine reading age.”

 The Pool

“This rip-roaring time-slip novel has a fast-paced plot and entertaining characters.”


“A must-read time-slip adventure story.”


“A great adventure, rattling along at a happy pace, with fire, theft and a car chase among the marvellous occurrences.”

Tanya All Sorts (blog)

“A brilliant tale of time travel, learning about the past and a bit of doing what’s right!”

A Little But a Lot (blog)

“Perfect for newly independent readers hunting for chapter books that will suck them in as surely as Alex’s mirror, and older readers searching for a fun mystery to while away an afternoon.”

Miss Cleveland Reading (blog)

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