Troubador Out of Time

Released: 01/05/2011

ISBN: 9781848766129

eISBN: 9781848769298

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Out of Time

The Secret of the Swan


What could a 15th century monk, an errand boy from 1934 and a trio of kids from the present have in common? 

Rebecca’s life takes a dramatic turn one summer. When she loses her beloved Granddad, she takes solace in visiting the places they used to go. 

Exploring one of her favourite places, Furness Abbey, with her friends one day leads to adventures beyond their wildest dreams. The youngsters find themselves in the midst of a mystery, as old as the abbey itself, and rather unexpectedly, make friends with the ghost of the Cistercian monk and an errand boy from the 1930s, who reveal to them the secret of the abbey treasures. The friends must race against time to find the lost abbey treasure before an evil adversary, the mysterious Mr. Steele, can seize it.  

Time is ticking as the friends decipher the clues that lead to the treasure, they must pit themselves against the evil Mr Steele to win the treasure back.  

The finale of the adventure reveals a surprise which Rebecca could never have anticipated that allows her to come to terms with the passing of her Granddad. 

Out of Time is a fascinating blend of past and present, magic and time travel, all woven together with a real life experience and the emotions that go with it. It vividly describes lives in other times and will appeal to readers aged 9 upwards.

Her first book "Out of Time:The Secret of the Swan" has been a best seller in her local Waterstone's and she continues to visit schools and bookshops throughout the year.

The Out of Time series is a historical fantasy story and is woven around real events and people. The central focus is Furness Abbey which provides a suitably mysterious backdrop to the adventures. The characters find themselves in a race against time and up against formidable adversaries who seek the same lost abbey treasures that they are charged with protecting.

A book for younger children is also available called "Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle" which explores friendship.

A brilliant story that draws you in from the start. Well drawn characters that you can identify with and vivid descriptions of the area mean that younger readers can really immerse themselves in the adventure. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes history, mystery adventures from age 9 to 90. Can't wait for the next book! SATAY

I bought this book as I have a love for anything to do with Furness Abbey. Although it is a book for children I really enjoyed spending a few moments reading it and enjoying all the lovely illustrations with in it. If you have young kids I would definitely recommend this book for them, especially if you know and visit Furness Abbey! Once you've read the book and next visit the abbey I'm sure you will be looking around to see if you can see Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle sitting somewhere on the ruins. I know I will be! As I say in the title of this review, a great book for children!

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I bought this book for my daughter, but it could quite easily be a book for adults too.

It is well written and a wonderful storyline, full of intrigue wonder. It also brings alive a true life historical ruin.

Well recommended.

by Louise Cairns

Gill Jepson

Gill Jepson is children's author and Patron of Reading for three schools in the Furness area of Cumbria. She is passionate about learning and loves her role as an educator.

She lives in Barrow-in Furness,Cumbria, moving back after spending twelve years in London. She is married and has three grown up children and two young grandsons.

She has always written for her own pleasure and is an avid reader of historical and fantasy fiction. Her abiding passion is history; especially local and family history. Out of Time was her debut children’s fantasy novel and is the first of four stories set in the Furness area. Out of Time 2 Raven's Hoard and Out of Time 3 The Cistercian Conspiracy and a book for younger children-Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle is also available.

Gill Jepson is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education and is a teacher with many years experience. She is committed to encouraging children's reading and writing and uses her skills to provide workshops and book events for schools.

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