Troubador Time School

Released: 28/06/2018

ISBN: 9781789013153

Format: Paperback

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Time School

We Will Remember Them


In the first book of Nikki Young’s Time School series, a run of mini disasters means that school friends, Jess, Nadia, Tomma and Ash barely make it to the station in time to catch their train to school. Upon arrival they find a surprising change to the usual packed commuter train, one that seems to take forever to reach Hickley town.  

When the children arrive, something doesn’t feel right. Some of the buildings are missing and their school looks far newer than usual. And to top it all off, the children don’t recognise any of the other pupils who are all dressed in a different uniform. The only person who seems to take any notice of the friends is Martha, a young girl who is very worried about her family being hungry and her brother who is away fighting on the front line. The children soon realise that this is no ordinary day.  

When the friends get home, the realisation of what happened begins to sink in. But will they get to see Martha and the other pupils again? Jess hopes so. She has something she needs to tell Martha. Not knowing why or how, she feels a connection to this girl that she can’t explain.

The characters of 'The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants' also feature in a short story called 'A Special Day'. Download this FREE ebook from Nikki's website.

This is a really engaging and moving story based on a brilliant premise (no spoilers here!) which brings history to life, enabling children to really understand what it must have been like to live through some of the most troubled and challenging times in the last century. Nadia, Tomma, Ash and Jess are a likeable bunch whose experiences on what should have been an ordinary school day – which turns out to be anything but – teach them not only about the reality of the First World War but also valuable life lessons about empathy, compassion and courage. Time School shows us how what happened in the past still influences our lives today, in a story that is thought-provoking and packed full of adventure and excitement.

by Vicky Blunden

Nicola Young

Nikki Young is a writer and lover of stories and 'The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants' is her first book. Nikki credits her lively imagination to an amazing childhood, growing up in Yorkshire and living in a cul-de-sac in the days when children were allowed to run free and left to make their own fun! Now a mum of three, she says that in her head, she hasn't really grown up and those memories of her childhood days remain strong and active.

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