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Anachronist: A Time Travel Adventure


Andrew Hastie - 2017
    On his incredible travels he learns amazing things about the past, himself and his feelings for the stunning Caitlin. The past is a complex web of branching events that need regular interventions to safeguard the best future for humanity. This is the mission of the Oblivion Order; a secret organisation freed from the limits of linear time. Their task is to maintain the Continuum of time by making small adjustments to the past.The Order is made up of specialist time guilds. Copernicans - analysts of potential futures, who are obsessed with probability; Scriptorians - librarians and archivists of lost knowledge; Antiquarians -  quartermasters and curators of missing treasures, and Draconian’s who navigate and map the lost parts of history.But then there are the Watchmen. These lone field officers patrol the paths of the past, using the timelines of objects to navigate their way through history. Powerful agents of change, they are responsible for applying the course corrections. And they live hidden among us today.When teenage thief and gang member Joshua Jones, breaks into the house of a local eccentric, the Colonel, he finds himself thrown into the strange world of the Oblivion Order.Josh discovers that he too can travel through time and when he meets the beautiful, sassy orphan Caitlin, he realises he has a chance of a better future for himself and his sick mother. But to do means changing his past and that is strictly forbidden by the Order.The Anachronist tells the gripping story of Josh’s journey from petty criminal to a search for a better life. His adventures take us from the present, Victorian London and World War 2 to the French Revolution, Ancient Greece and the last Ice Age as he learns more and more about the Oblivion Order and his feelings for Caitlin.From extinction curators, seers and memory vampires to chapter houses with rooms in different centuries, the Anachronist opens a door into a world not constrained by the rules of time and takes us on a rollercoaster epic voyage of discovery.Time does not travel in straight lines, and nor does Josh’s search for a better life and love.

The Grave


James Heneghan - 2000
    When he hears rumors that a mass grave has been unearthed on his school grounds, he feels himself inexplicably drawn to it, and then down into its terrible darkness and beyond. He discovers that he is no longer in Liverpool in 1974 but in Ireland in 1847, the height of the potato famine. A family named Monaghan takes him in, and Tom experiences for the first time what its like to have parents and siblings who cleave to one another even amid terrible hardship. But why has Tom been transported across time and place? And why must the grave keep yanking him back, at intervals, to his dreary, lonely existence in Liverpool? Most of all, what does it mean that the Monaghan's son Tully is practically Toms double? Tom stands by the Monaghan's in their plight, and in so doing discovers that the past, and the Monaghans, hold the key to his destiny.

Ben Franklin and the Chamber of Time


Chris Heimerdinger - 1995
    Desperately, he pushed his way past his mother until he stood in the doorway.'Please no, please no!' Clamored in his brain.Benny caught hold of the paneling around the doorway and peered into the room. A cloud of vapor obscured his view of the chamber. The odor within was most foul and putrid. After a moment, the vapor lifted.The chamber was empty. Benjamin Franklin was gone.Through that flash of lightning Benjamin Franklin is propelled forward through the centuries, forever altering his life and that of everyone he encounters. There he finds himself in a crucial race against time to fulfill a destiny he had never imagined.Ben Franklin and the Chamber of Time continues Chris Heimerdinger's tradition of spine-tingling adventure coupled with humor, compassion, and life-changing events. This book will be loved by all those who have discovered Heimerdinger in the past-and countless others who will yet discover him.

Walker of Time


Helen Hughes Vick - 1993
    Second book in the series: Walker's Journey Home Third book: Tag Against Time

Slave to Fortune


D.J. Munro - 2015
    Tom Cheke’s world is turned upside-down when he is kidnapped from his home by Barbary corsairs during an audacious night raid. Sold into slavery in seventeenth-century Algiers, Tom carves out a new and promising life only to have it shattered once more. Another twist of fate throws him into the hands of a Scottish knight of the Order of St John and into a turbulent world of ciphers, spies and assassinations. This is a remarkable account of how a young man comes of age, grasping life from the setbacks of fortune. It is a tale of friendship and reconciliation, of intrigue and deceit, in which trust is betrayed and deep-rooted beliefs and values are cast into doubt. In Slave to Fortune, DJ Munro skilfully captures a bygone era of galleons and gunpowder as the plot twists from the alleyways of Algiers, through the splendour of Malta and the canals of Venice, to maritime Portsmouth and the rustic charms of the Isle of Wight. With echoes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet, Slave to Fortune is an uplifting, intelligent adventure that will keep readers enthralled. Suitable for all ages from young adult upwards, Slave to Fortune was a #1 bestseller on Kindle (UK) for Historical Thrillers in October 2017 and a #1 bestseller for YA Historical Fiction in April, May and October 2017. The novel won the Grand Prize for young adult fiction at the Chanticleer International Book Awards (2017) and was also a first place winner for historical fiction.

Four Nails


G.J. Berger - 2016
    Forced into a slave caravan that takes him through perilous lands and into a world at war, Ashoka befriends a special elephant. He and that elephant, Four Nails, together lead Hannibal's army over the Alps and down the back of Rome. Though a time of constant danger and uncertainty, Ashoka finds beauty and kindness while helping others enslaved for the pleasure of ruthless rulers. To survive this remarkable journey, the elephant trainer calls upon his unique ways with the great greys and a strength known only to those with nothing left to lose.Cover artist D L Keur

Where Were You, Robert?


Hans Magnus Enzensberger - 1998
    Robert has become a time traveller, but with little control over his ability he seems doomed to wander forever - until he appears in 17th-century Amsterdam and finds a slim chance of returning home.

The Pandora Chronicle:s Book 1


Ryan Attard - 2014
    And they were here just long enough to leave a legacy behind – buried in our DNA. 1713 - Captain Jack Finnegan’s remarkable success as a privateer gets him the attention of the Order, a secret society with only one mission: finding an ancient alien artifact and hiding it away. Finnegan will need all of his wits, resources, and newfound mysterious abilities, to survive his quest. 2012 - Famous archaeologist Nick Solomon find himself caught in an NSA Black Ops investigation to locate an ancient and powerful relic that could potentially change the world as we know it. Blackmailing Nick into working with them, he has to face off against Astrid, a Spanish crime lord who will stop at nothing to get the artifact first. Also helping Nick is the beautiful and deadly Agent Excalibur, a lethal secret agent from Nick's past... a past he is trying so hard to forget. Join Nick Solomon in his biggest adventure yet, as he explores ancient conspiracies, people with strange abilities, and mysterious alien technology.

The Boy Who Drew the Future


Rhian Ivory - 2015
    But the two teenage boys are linked by a river and a strange gift: they both compulsively draw images they don’t understand, that later come true. They can draw the future.1860s – Blaze is alone after his mother’s death, dependent on the kindness of the villagers, who all distrust his gift as witchcraft but still want him to predict the future for them. When they don’t like what he draws, life gets very dangerous for him.Now – Noah comes to the village for a new start. His parents are desperate for him to be ‘normal’ after all the trouble they've had in the past. He makes a friend, Beth, but as with Blaze the strangeness of his drawings start to turn people against him and things get very threatening. Will he be driven away from this new home – and from Beth?Will both boys be destroyed by their strange gift, or can a new future be drawn?

Another Beginning


Lauren James - 2017
    It makes an odd sort of sense, actually,” Clove said.Clove is working as a maid in the Finchley household while she spies on Katherine Finchley and Matthew Galloway. But her mission is briefly interrupted when fellow maid Ella persuades her to help steal a valuable historical document from the main defence in the city – the castle. The two girls embark on a risky adventure involving scaling castle walls and hiding in the most unlikely of places!A fast-paced and fun read, perfect for Lauren James’s existing fans, and readers who enjoy historical fiction and romance.Includes the first chapter of Lauren James’s third novel, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.

A Dream of Lights


Kerry Drewery - 2013
    Yoora is a teenage girl living in North Korea, dreaming of the lights of foreign cities while eking out a miserable existence in a rural northern village. But then she makes a mistake: she falls in love. With someone far removed from her social class. Someone dangerous to know. When tongues start to wag, her father is executed and she is taken to a prison camp in the mountains. There, escape seems even further from her grasp. But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms...

The Many Lives of John Stone


Linda Buckley-Archer - 2015
    She wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and her uncertainty about living at Stowney House only increases upon arriving: what kind of people live in the twenty-first century without using electricity, telephones, or even a washing machine? Additionally, the notebooks she’s organizing span centuries—they begin in the court of Louis XIV in Versailles—but are written in the same hand. Something strange is going on for sure, and Spark’s questions are piling up. Who exactly is John Stone? What connection does he have to these notebooks? And more importantly, why did he hire her in the first place?

Athena's Champion


David Hair - 2018
    He’s travelled to the oracle at Pytho to be anointed as heir to his island kingdom; but instead the Pythia reveals a terrible secret, one that tears down every pillar of his life, and marks him out for death.Outcast by his family, hunted by the vengeful gods, Odysseus is offered sanctuary by Athena, goddess of wisdom, and thrust into the secret war between the Olympians for domination and survival. Only his wits, and his skill as a warrior, can keep him ahead of their power games – and alive.When one of Athena’s schemes goes drastically wrong, and the young Helen of Sparta is kidnapped, Odysseus must journey past the gates of Hades to save her. Falling in love with a Trojan princess, a bewitching woman who poses a deadly threat to both his homeland and Athena, won’t make his task any easier…Drawing from classic Greek mythology, Athena's Champion, first in the epic Olympus series, is perfect for fans of Madeline Miller and David Gemmell

The Chronicles of Neffie


A.L. Gibson - 2018
    Loosely based on true life events, Neffie takes readers on a tumultuous journey as she navigates her day to day life as a slave in Colbert County, Alabama. Told from the perspective of a fifteen year old slave girl, Neffie’s experiences are heart wrenching and riveting.The Chronicles of Neffie is a harrowing account full of twists and turns that will have readers anxiously waiting to see what will happen next. What will come of Neffie? Only time will tell. This is only the beginning. Let the journey begin.

The Yearbook


Carol Masciola - 2015
    She’s failing in school, living in a group home, and social workers keep watching her like hawks, waiting for her to show signs of the horrible mental illness that cost Lola’s mother her life. Then, one night, she falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library, where she’s seen an old yearbook—from the days when the place was an upscale academy for young scholars instead of a dump. When Lola wakes, it’s to a scene that is nothing short of impossible.Lola quickly determines that she’s gone back to the past—eighty years in the past, to be exact. The Fall Frolic dance is going full blast in the gym, and there she makes an instant connection with the brainy and provocative Peter Hemmings, class of ’24. His face is familiar, because she’s seen his senior portrait in the yearbook. By night’s end, Lola thinks she sees hope for her disastrous present: She’ll make a new future for herself in the past. But is it real? Or has the major mental illness in Lola’s family background finally claimed her? Has she slipped through a crack in time, or into a romantic hallucination she created in her own mind, wishing on the ragged pages of a yearbook from a more graceful time long ago?