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“Thrilling time-travel page-turner”—Publishers Weekly

A secret time portal. A desperate cry for help. Can a young girl change her future and save the world from a terrible fate?

All Clara wants is to fit in and make friends at her new school, but when she discovers a time portal within an overgrown mine shaft, her life is turned upside-down.

Following an urgent cry for help from the future, she is charged with a crucial mission: stop the evil Derek Maunding from obtaining the mine’s secrets. If she fails, it spells disaster for the world.

Moving between present and future, Clara and her new friends race against the clock to rescue the mine and safeguard its hidden time portal. Putting their lives—and their futures—at risk, they must battle dangerous enemies, including Maunding’s bullying daughters, who will stop at nothing to help their father achieve his aims.

The fate of the world rests on Clara’s shoulders. She must outwit those who seek to control time—even if she pays with her life.

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The Time Crystals is a gripping time travel adventure with twists and turns and a thrilling finale, perfect for fans of Harry Potter, A Wrinkle in Time and His Dark Materials. Winner of The Next Novelist 2013, shortlisted Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013.

Publishers Weekly Review (September 2013)

In this thrilling time travel page-turner, four kids from rural England learn that no less than the fate of the world as we know it will be determined by them. Or, more specifically, by 12-year-old Clara Callenick and how good she is at convincing her grandmother not to sell land that has been in the family for generations. There’s only one problem: Gran has already agreed to sell the land to Derek Maunding, a conniving local businessman.

For Clara the trouble all starts when she’s overcome by sudden, wrenching headaches that mysteriously occur at specific but inexplicable times. The searing pain occurs at the hours of 1:11 am, 2:22 am, 3:33 am, and so on, every eighth day. At the same time, there are bright, multicolored lights that rocket skyward from the opening of an abandoned tin mine on Gran’s property. Of course Clara is hesitant to talk with anyone about the weird events, but she finally relents, telling school friends Rob Hocking, Hayley Shezell, and Mick Amar. Together they decide to investigate by going down to the mine opening and awaiting the expected light show.

What ensues is a series of hair-raising, edge-of-your-seat events culminating in a delightful story that packs a powerful values punch relevant to both young and not-so-young adults.

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Quote from The Time Crystals. Time travel was a much messier business than Clara had imagined.
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