Published by Harper Collins

9780008156329There is something about time travel – the idea is peculiarly enticing.

Al’s father is dead. That is clear from the beginning of the book. On Al’s 12th birthday, however, he receives a letter from him – and it contains a rather an extraordinary challenge.

I wonder how many twelve year old boys would believe such a letter, let alone take up the challenge of not only going back to where they had lived previously, then to break in, and make their way into the basement…let alone attempt to time travel back to 1984

This is a story about time travel (there’s a surprise), families, a go-cart named The Lean Mean Green Machine, and a small hamster…named Alan Shearer.

Whether Al is successful – is for you to find out, and whether Alan Shearer survives the experiment, is another matter entirely…