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The Accidental Time Traveller

Janis Mackay


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Kelpies eBook 208 pages ISBN: 9780863159732 Publication date: 21st February 2013
I'm not mad, ok? I know this sounds off the wall, but I was just walking to the corner shop and this girl almost got hit by a car. She grabbed hold of me and told me her name's Agatha Black and she's here from the past.

At first I thought she was nuts but maybe it's true. She doesn't get traffic, she's freaked out by photos and she's terrified of TV. And she knows about the past -- body snatchers, making fires, and pet monkeys.

Her dad does a bit of time travel. But obviously, he's not very good at it. I mean, he got her lost. Now it's me that has to get her back … to 1812!


'This book is very exciting [...] I especially enjoyed learning some history while I read. I would recommend this book for boys and girls who like history.'
-- Children's Books, The Guardian

'This is really a sweet story [...] While it's written for young adults, I really enjoyed this and intend to buy a copy for my personal library.'
-- Journey of a Bookseller blog

'This is a well-structured time-slip story that cleverly keeps its momentum and manages, largely through the sympathetic character of Saul, to draw the reader in.'
-- Books for Keeps

'This story is really charming, and in the end, very heartwarming [...] I highly recommend it for middle school readers and beyond.'
-- The Goode Word blog

'I like the book and I think upper elementary school readers will like it as well.'
-- Guys Lit Wire blog

'Janis is a clever teacher. Rather than explain the differences between life then and now, she uses humour and misunderstandings to provide a gentle history lesson in the midst of an exciting adventure.'
-- Lothian Life

'This book had a great story line. The characters in the book felt and acted their age. There was a good character arc throughout the book. I read this book in a fairly short time because the story just sucks you right in.'
-- Rantings, Ravings and Ramblings blog

'Mackay has written another playful, easy going story for pre-teens full of lively dialogue [...] Agatha comes off the page as an interesting, talented person, presenting fascinating facts of life in the past.'
--New View

'Young readers familiar with time transfers from TV will enjoy the situation and absorb some information about life 200 years ago along the way.'
-- School Librarian journal

'A good, solid adventure story that engages the reader throughout and moves towards a satisfying conclusion.'
-- Carousel

'I would highly recommend this book to adventure lovers'
--Rhona, aged 11, Flora Stevenson Primary

'I loved this book, it is the best I have ever read, I would read this again and again'
--Cera, aged 11, Law Primary School

'I have never been so inspired by a book'
--Rebecca, aged 10, Kilmartin Primary

Accidental Time Traveller


Janis Mackay was born and grew up in Edinburgh, but moved to London to study journalism. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has held writer-in-residence posts in both Caithness and Sutherland. She currently lives in Edinburgh, where she teaches creative writing and works…

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