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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Girl about Time
by Kerstin Gier
Age Range: 12+
Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte is special; ever since she can remember she has been prepared by members of her family for a special mission - travelling through time. But events take an unexpectedly turn when Gwyneth, during a lesson at school, suddenly finds herself in a different era. Now Gwyneth must unearth the mystery of why she has inherited a secret time-travel gene instead of Charlotte, find out about the secret sinister society and work with the arrogant good-looking Gideon de Villiers who also has the time-travel gene inherited through the male line of his family. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover what has happened to her cousin Lucy and to establish who they can trust.
Gwyneth is an amusing narrator and she explains her predicament with a deft self-depreciating humour. Gwyneth’s best friend Libby is a clever girl who loves to solve mysteries and puzzles and she keeps Gwyneth grounded by providing her much-needed support.
The story is set in London and German author Kerstin Gier has done a good job of bringing the city to life in both modern times as well as the past. Girl About Time is part of a trilogy and this first book ends on a huge cliffhanger so readers will need to wait for the next volume to continue the story.