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(Timesmith Chronicles #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Twelve-year-old Jack Morrow is used to life being complicated. His mother died five years ago, and his father is now headed for prison. But then Jack discovers he's a Yard Boy - someone with the ability to travel through Sorrowlines, the channels that connect every gravestone with the date of the person's death - and he is quickly pulled into an adventure beyond anything h ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 3rd 2013 by Andersen Press
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Chris Callaghan
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly twisty and turny time travel adventure. The sorrowlines are a brilliant idea and the story thunders on at a cracking pace. I've already got the next one, ready to read!
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Tor zur Vergangenheit öffnet sich – und für Jack Morrow beginnt das gefährlichste Abenteuer seines Lebens
Jack Morrow hat es nicht leicht: Ständig gibt es Ärger mit den Jungs in seiner Klasse, und seine Mutter, die vor fünf Jahren gestorben ist, vermisst er auch. Als Jack wieder einmal ihr Grab besucht, wird er jedoch plötzlich in eine andere Zeit gezogen. Denn er hat von seiner Mutter etwas ganz Besonderes geerbt. Und das will ihm nun ein Bösewicht abluchsen. Wie gut, da
Tanja Voosen
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mir gefallen beide Cover Versionen unglaublich gut. Sowohl das deutsche als auch das englische Motiv spiegeln sehr viele Details aus dem Buch wieder. Da wären zum einen die beiden Protagonisten, die Zeitlinien, auf denen diese Reise und die Gefahr in Form von Geistern und Dämonen. Sorrowline ist auch ziemlich schwer zu übersetzten, daher finde ich die Wahl des deutschen Titels spitze! Allgemein ist die Aufmachung einfach klasse und für ein Kinderbuch sehr ansprechend gestaltet. Sie
Alex  Baugh
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
It is 2013 and Jack Morrow, 12, is visiting his mother's grave while his dad explains that while he is in jail, Jack will be staying with his aunt. Not at all happy about this, Jack rubs his hand on his mum's gravestone, memories instantly start to flooding his mind and he finds himself in the graveyard in 2008, the year his mum died, with a man claiming to be his dead granddad.

But before anything can be explained to Jack, dirt and dust start swirling into human shape, Dustmen, his granddad cal
Vincent Ripley
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book on the bounce that I've really enjoyed from a debut author. Looking ahead to 2013, I feel that we might be in for a very good year. One where the imagination flows and the stories do the talking - just like this book.

I was very happy to receive this book, directly from the author, after the cover had been featured in the book cover wars. I was looking forward to reading it from the cover alone, and it certainly did not disappoint me. It's a rapid page turner which is ful
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the debuts I was really excited about for 2013, when I first heard about the concept I knew it was something I would probably really enjoy. Within the first few pages I knew I’d been right – I sat down to read just a few pages and the next thing I knew the afternoon was gone and I’d reached the last page.

The story is a really good thriller with cleverly created time-travel elements. I’m a big fan of time-travel stories, but they can make me feel a bit like my head’s spinning – par
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having not read a kid's book since I was... well a kid I suppose, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Perhaps something overly simplistic - dumbed down for the Hollyoaks crowd. Or missing every other vowel, if my sixteen year old son's literary skills are anything to go by. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised.

The plot and premise are deliciously complex, involving (quite unconventional) time travel and some very deep emotional journeys that make the fastidiously modelled cast of cha
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting plot with phenomenal world building and character building. Time travel is such a fascinating pretence and it just isn’t used enough in fiction, but especially in young adult fiction because it is an area that is unexplored so it allows a lot of freedom. I really enjoyed reading this book, I thought it was fast paced and well written, and I particularly loved the characters, it explored different types of people, and how time travel can affect people’s lives, so although time travel ...more
Bob Stuhlsatz
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
I received this book as a FirstReads free giveaway.

This is an excellent book! The author takes you on a fast paced adventure that has enough depth in each setting to give you a true feel for what is going on without rushing things. The character development was well done. Niel has created a coexisting world with our world that the characters go back and forth to, all smoothly accomplished.

I congratulate the author on a job well done!
Claire O'Brien
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, I think the concept of time travel through gravestones is really original and I was swept away in the fantasy of it all. Lots of surprises at the end makes me look forward to reading the second book.
Shannon Luxford
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic debut novel! The ending was a bit anti-climatic in my opinion...
Kind of reminds me a bit of doctor who but slightly better in some aspects.

Maybe good as a gateway novel into sic-fi/time travel.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely brilliant I can't describe it! All I can say is to read it.

Cannot wait to read timesmith!
Amelia Carter
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing. Even though I'm a little older than the target audience I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Brilliant work!
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good have not read any other book like it I recommend it to anyone over the age of 10! Most books come from ideas used by other authors but this is the only book I have read like it!
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book!!! The beginning was a bit confusing but overall I really enjoyed it!!!
Rachael Elders
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very good twist on timetravelling adventures, would recommend it.
Joey Woolfardis
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, masculine
There was nothing particularly terrible about it, just probably too young for me. It didn't grab me, even though the premise seemed quite interesting. Probably just a boy's book.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My daughter picked this up at the local library as part of the school holidays summer reading challenge. I thought it might be a bit old for her so I read it first. It is tween suitable. Novel concept for a storyline. Really enjoyed it.
Erasmo Giordano
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent work with time travel, betrayals and heroic attitudes.
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Túneis da Morte conta a estória de Jack Morrow, um garoto de 12 anos que perdeu a mãe assassinada aos 7 anos de idade e que tenta superar a falta que ela faz. A vida de Jack, para aqueles que olhassem de longe, até poderia parecer normal, mas a vida dele era tudo, menos normal.

Num belo dia quando o pai o levou ao cemitério onde a mãe de Jack estava enterrada, o garoto estava introspectivo e tentava lembrar-se da mãe que perdera. Ao tocar o
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*und das Grab der Zeit*

Ein Jugendroman der sich mit der Problematik der Zeitsprünge befasst? Her damit, dachte ich mir und fing voller Begeisterung an zu lesen. Der Leser wird auch schnell auf eine Achterbahnfahrt mit genommen und weiß zu Beginn ähnlich dem Haupthelden Jack nicht was da gerade vor sich geht. Denn eben befindet er sich noch auf einem Friedhof mit seinem Vater, schon reist er durch Berührung eines Grabsteines durch einen sogenannten Tränentunnel zurück durch die Zeit und wird von
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Apesar de viagens no tempo serem temas batidos, o autor fez uma sacada inteligente ao fazer os personagens viajarem no tempo através de lápides e misturar o nosso mundo com um mundo oculto no meio da Segunda Guerra Mundial, faz com que o primeiro livro da série Necrovias saísse do lugar-comum e que os leitores precisam dar uma chance.

Apesar da narrativa não ser um forte na trama, não que a mesma seja arrastada, ela apenas não flui como deveria, o jeit
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Mit dem Auftakt seiner Jack Morrow Serie hat Autor Niel Bushnell ein wirklich packendes Zeitreiseabenteuer für Leser ab 12 Jahren geschaffen. Dabei dürfte die Geschichte nicht nur Jungs sondern auch Mädels begeistern und ist durchaus auch etwas für ältere Leseratten.

Im Zentrum der Geschichte steht Jack, ein Zwölfjähriger,
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Highly good read! This is the first Bushnell book I have ever read.

It had a bit of everything: Suspense, Horror, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, The Supernatural, Parrallell worlds, history, time travel and more.

I first started reading this book to my son aged 15 (1-1 reading, a family thing we share in) , but after about 3 chapters he decided he didn't like it. I thought this was a real shame, because I was actually quite enjoying it, so decided to carry on reading it by myself. I wasn't dis
David Humphrey
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The story hangs on the killer hook of a person using gravestones to travel in time to the point of that person's death, which is genius. From there, the young protagonist Jack Morrow gets dragged into a mirror world of time travellers in the same way Harry Potter found himself caught up in the hidden world of magic. Hoping he can use his powers to save his mum from dying when he was even younger, Niel writes a very British twist on a 'Back to the Future' plot in 1940s London during the blitz of ...more
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not exactly sure what I feel about this book. I picked it up because time traveling: who can say no? Particularly time traveling to 1940 London. What's not to love? While I think for the most part I enjoyed it there were some parts I wasn't feeling the love for. The constant back and forth between times, the non existent explanation about what the Rose actually was and what it does and the often too convenient help or hindrance grated just a little. On the plus side, the potential and the pr ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story starts with Jack falling through time after touching his Mother's grave. His Grandfather comes to him and tells him he is a Yard Boy who has the ability to travel time through the sorrowlines of people who are dead. He tells him he must return to 1940 and put things right with the help of his Grandfather's younger self. What happens next changes Jack forever in a story of history, fantasy and suspense. I loved Jack as a character as he becomes so brave and fearless when fighting Roula ...more
Vashti Turner
Feb 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 11-18-books
The premise of this book seems exciting- a 12 year old boy who use gravestones to time travel to the date of death listed on the monument. The hero, Jack Morrow, a young teenager who finds it difficult to make friends in 2013, lost his mother at a young age, and whose father is in and out of prison, could be related to by many young boys. The setting of east London would also contribute to catching the attention of young readers in Southwark. However, Bushnell added layer after layer of fantasy ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
I won Sorrowline as a giveaway on Goodreads. I probably wouldn't have come across this book if it weren't for that giveaway. But I'm so glad I did!!
The concept for Sorrowline had me wanting to read it straight away. I began reading almost as soon as the envelope landed on my doormat.
I loved it. Sorrowline is well written, draws you in and keeps you guessing. The characters were really likeable.
Can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series, Timesmith.
This had a very interesting premise - that there are those who can travel back (and forwards) through time by touching tombstones and travelling back to when that person lived. It was quite packed with action and yet it didn't grab me. I enjoyed it, but I think that it would appeal much more for early teen boys, or even preteen boys if they were decent readers.
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