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Time Trap

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house? School friends Jamie and Todd are destined to find out when they go to London to spend a weekend with Jamie’s Uncle Simon, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts. Hector, ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 2012 by FastPrint Publishing
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K.E.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my first UK book I read and I loved the different spellings for the accents. Great, clean YA novel to read about 2 boys time traveling back in time. Jaime and Todd find themselves in loads (did i use that right?) trouble trying to stay alive in the 19th century so they can get back home. It has a bit about how young orphan boys and how they had to survive without parents. There was almost a spy feel with secrecy and agents of the big plot as to how some wanted to use the time machine. A ...more
Sarah Butfield
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superbly written and perfectly crafted to captivate the reader from the get-go!

I won this book in a giveaway and fully intended to give it to my son who, although no longer a child, enjoys anything to do with London where he now lives. The fact that there was a reference to a London trail that can be followed and time travel meant that I knew he would enjoy it. However, even though it's a children's book I decided to read it first as I was intrigued by the cover and the premise of time travel ba
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Ritah
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Richard Smith’s Time Trap is a captivating tale that transports readers to Victorian London — 1862 to be precise. The story had me enthralled from the start. I am a big fan of time-travel fiction, and as such, the novel did not disappoint. The narrative was jam-packed with so much adventure and mystery; which makes it a great read for its intended audience. Moreover, the fascinating plot and author’s writing style is bound to attract readers of all ages.

I delighted in Time Traps compelling atmos
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Maretha Botha
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author, Richard Smith has done everything needed to hook younger readers, both boys and girls (in my opinion) with TIME TRAP – a time-travel tale which takes the reader from modern London to the London of 1862. The book, beautifully printed in a bigger font - ideal for younger readers - has over 300 pages, a few well-chosen sketches, a map and begins with a question: "Who wants to be in a street gang? Jamie does!" And because of this obsession, Jamie needs to get one of his popular footballe ...more
Paul Martin
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Richard Smith’s Time Trap is a story of adventure, time-travel and survival in 1860s fog-bound London.

The story commences as Jamie and his school friend Todd are visiting Jamie’s Uncle Simon in London, who happens to reside in the house of one mysterious Hector Lightfoot. Lightfoot it so happens was working on a secret scientific project when he vanished without trace in the 19th Century. Simon, keen to show the boys something to aid their science projects, takes the boys – through a huge thunde
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Destiny Brown
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Adventure!

What do you get when you mix a couple of boys, 2 too many ghosts and a time travel device? Adventure and mayhem that is what! I purchased this book to read with my daughter who loves adventure books with a little thrill ride built in. Once it arrived we dug right in and I have to say that we both loved it. It really is a great read for older children, teens, and adults with a heart for adventure.

I was a little worried that it would be too intense for my daughter (she sometime
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Lorraine Carter
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended by BookViral Time Trap is one of those books that keeps you thinking all the way through. It has an intriguing plot which stretches over two time frames and author Richard Smith does an excellent job of capturing the atmosphere of both eras. From dialect to describing his settings, his writing is sharp and flows. Of special note and what made the book really come to life for me was the depth of research that underpins the story and how he has used London landmarks to anchor his adven ...more
Diane
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK, I rarely use the WOW word but Time Trap is one of those rare occasions and it gets it for the intrigue factor. The book is very well written and a delightful read, but the plot and the inclusion of London landmarks linked to a code make it one of the most engaging books I have read this year. Children will absolutely love it.
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Richard Smith’s motto is: Never give up; it can happen. And his first book, Time Trap, is proof of that.

Born in London, the youngest of three children, Richard has loved writing stories since he was nine; and regularly got top marks for his essays at school – where his favourite subject was English. After leaving school, he worked in a succession of dead-end jobs. None brought him as much satisfac
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