Follow The Artsy Reader on

Book Review: A Chase in Time by Sally Nicholls

My dear bookish friends!

As you might know, I am a huge fan of both middle grade fiction as well as time travel stories, so when I heard this book combines both I was immediately sold! Please read on to find out more about A Chase in Time by Sally Nicholls, as well as my detailed review!

The Blurb

A fast-paced adventure full of car chases, arson and cake!

The old gilt-edged mirror has hung in Alex’s aunt’s house for as long as he can remember. Alex hardly notices it, until the day he and his sister are pulled through the mirror, back into 1912. It’s the same house, but a very different place to live, and the people they meet need their help. Soon they’re caught up in car chases and treasure hunts as they race to find a priceless golden cup – but will they ever be able to return to their own time?

From multi-award-winning author Sally Nicholls, A Chase In Time is the first in a brilliant time-slip adventure series for 7+ readers, beautifully illustrated inside by Rachael Dean, with cover illustrations by Isabelle Follath.

My Review

I absolutely adored this book! It was such a fast-paced, fun adventure, and such a quick read! I love time travel stories, and this one was both very unique, but also had so many well-known elements and references to other famous stories that are similar in some way.

Alex and Ruby are staying at Applecot House, their aunt’s bed and breakfast, for two weeks every summer. One time, three years ago, Alex saw a ghost in the very old and mysterious mirror in the hallway. He never forgot about that incident, but now he wonders – was it just his imagination? His eyes playing tricks on him? Surely ghosts don’t exist?

Well, Alex will soon discover that something is really up with that antique mirror in his aunt’s hallway, when he and his sister are being pulled through the looking-glass and find themselves back in the year 1912 – in the same house, but such a different world altogether!

It was so fun seeing Applecot House change from the twenty-first century back to Edwardian times and discovering what Alex and Ruby’s ancestors were like. Especially Uncle Atherton is such a fun and quirky character – he and his lovely fiancée Mary travel the world and collect unusual artefacts (much like the very special hallway mirror!), and he also always knows exactly what to do in any given moment.

Back in the early twentieth century, Ruby and Alex don’t only have to find a way back home to their own time. They are caught up in so many adventures, and also get into quite a bit of danger! The burning stables, a stolen cup of immense wealth, dangerous villains – these are just some of the adventures that await the two children, so it never got the slightest bit boring!

I loved the storytelling. It was fun and fast-paced, there was a great attention to detail, and I also really loved the fabulous illustrations (and now I’m very sad that I got the ebook instead of the print copy – I might have to get that too!).

If you, like me, love middle grade books with loads of fun and adventure, and are a fan of time travel stories, I urge you to read A Chase in Time. You won’t regret it!

5 stars from me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you all so much for reading!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow The Artsy Reader on