Title: Time Traveling with a Hamster
Author: Ross Welford
Recommended for: 4th-7th grade
Call Number/Link: J FICTION WELFORD
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad’s time machine and travels back to 1984 with his pet hamster to prevent the go-kart accident that killed his father.
This was an ok story. My son and I expected more action. His dad has been dead a few years now, his mum has remarried and they have moved to a new house. On Al’s 12th birthday his Mum gives him a letter from his dad. Al’s dad has tasked him with going back in time to stop the go-kart accident that is the cause of his early death. That sounds great and all, but there is a lot of talking about feelings and what should he do. Even when there was action, there is still a lot of just trying to decide what to do. Most of the book is Al deciding what he should do. He ends up messing up the past and then having to try to fix it. I also thought the hamster would be more than a thought, since it was mentioned it in the title. My son didn’t finish the book because he lost interest in the book, to much time dwelling on what to do.