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.
I’ve been liking seeing the First World War-themed books for younger readers that have been appearing in recent months. At the centenary of the of the end of the war, it’s a good way to engage another generation with one of the most significant events in human history.
As with other books I’ve seen with similar themes, Time School does a good job of connecting modern-day children with the past by introducing us to characters both past and present, characters who find a direct connection over time. We learn through the characters’ eyes how life was, and how things have changed.
Recommended both for the target age group and anyone else who enjoys a creative children’s book.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.