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Strong Female Characters

The novel features five central characters, three of whom are female. The protagonist is Evie, a shy girl who finds her courage over the course of the book and emerges as a strong and confident hero at the end.

Age Appropriate

While the style of the writing is respectful to the intelligence of its readers, the lack of swearing or overtly adult themes means it remains appropriate to a younger audience.

Strong Morality

The novel has a strong moral identity, presenting well defined heroes and villains, but also implying that there are repercussions for evil deeds…

Positive Role Models

The characters in the novel are all positive role models - apart from the evil ones! The good characters demonstrate the virtues of friendship, honesty and compassion


The use of time travel shows that there are always consequences for our actions - and our inactions

About the Author

John was born in Worcester in 1978 and spent his childhood in Stourport-on-Severn, a Georgian canal town not unlike Aubern. John graduated from Birmingham University in 2000 with a Bachelors Degree in Childhood Studies and promptly retired to the Devon seaside where he married his University library sweetheart in 2004. He now works in a school for children and young people with special needs, and squeezes in occasional bursts of writing in his free time.

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