By Author / Illustrator
Larry Hayes, illus Katie Abey
Simon & Schuster Ltd
Paperback / softback
Lift off in the hilarious edge-of-your-seat adventure series that is a home alone story with a difference! Written by the inimitable Larry Hayes and hilariously illustrated by Katie Abey, this is the perfect read for fans of David Solomons, Tom Gates and Back to the Future!
Fresh from saving their parents from the jaws of frenzied billionaire Mr Noah, ten-year-old Eliza and her genius little brother, Johnnie, are called upon once again. Their parents have disappeared into thin air and it's up to the kids to save the day, travelling back in time to 5000 BC Egypt! Can they overcome friendly locals, a mysterious boy-god, snakes, a rainbow-coloured Sphinx and another plot to end the world? And - most importantly of all - will they survive TIME TRAVEL?
For more out-of-this-world adventure don't forget to read about Eliza and Johnnie's first adventure in How to Survive Without Grown-Ups. Out now!
How to Survive Time Travel is another thrilling and fun time travelling sci-fi adventure with Eliza and little brother Johnnie. In this second daring mission we join the siblings trying to solve The Riddle of the Sphinx's Bum as they travel back to around 5000BC to find and rescue their parents once again. Along for the ride is arch enemy, the fabulously named, school bully Sadie Snickpick.
I love the new tension this brings to the story as the animosity between the characters creates its own set of problems, relatable to many young readers. It is a madcap, frenzied and furiously fast paced fall through space and time where they encounter a sly and conniving Boy God.
The story is full of all sorts of bizzare, perilous yet hilarious dramas and mishaps (trying to avoid a hungry python; only being armed with a brussel sprout stick; avoiding a bird poo-fuelled bomb to name but a few) and it is a plot of lively and creative craziness.
At the centre of the chaos is the emotional heart of the story - the utter devotion between Eliza and Johnnie; the Girl Who Never Gives Up and the Boy Genius. They are determined and hopeful (though terrified and confused) and don't let each other give up, keeping faith in their mission to rescue their parents. They find strength in numbers too when even Sadie Snickpick has to be impressed by their resilience and ingenuity and she adds her own fierce skills to the mix.
Author Larry Hayes obviously has a knack for the ridiculous and comic scenes of the story (a lolly ice-filled sarcophagus, a volcano of parrot poo) but the scenes of Eliza and Johnnie tracking down their parents in the past are really very unexpectedly moving and touchingly written, too.
How to Survive Time Travel is a delightful whirlwind of adventure, comedy and heart. Charmingly joyous.
352 pages / Reviewed by Jennifer, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+