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Time Travelling with a Hamster

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,038 ratings  ·  438 reviews
“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.

The first time had nothing to do with me. The second time definitely did, but I would never even have been there if it hadn’t been for his ‘time machine’…”

When Al Chaudhury discovers his late dad’s time machine, he finds that going back to the 1980s requires daring and imaginatio
ebook, 400 pages
Published December 31st 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Günter I just read it with my 10 year old. To me this seems to be the appropriate age - for both of us.
Rosie It's just a book on its own. I'd like it if it was a series, but at the end of the book it's definitely done - there's not much left unanswered, and t…moreIt's just a book on its own. I'd like it if it was a series, but at the end of the book it's definitely done - there's not much left unanswered, and the story is over.(less)

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Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Time-travel, family, grief, hamsters, change.

I've just finished this book and I've been left with that weird empty feeling you get when you've just experienced something amazing and know that, somehow, it's going to change you.

I don't think that I can put into words how amazing this book is. Reading it was like going on a roller-coaster of emotions.

So, this review has taken a fair while to write. And I really liked thinking back, about the story, about what I felt when I read it, about
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read this with my eleven year old son, I think this is a very impressive debut novel – so self assured is the writing that it is hard to imagine it is, in fact, a first book. Although this is a children’s book it is probably more suitable for ages 11+ and it deals with some big themes; including major changes and how children adapt to them, the whole dynamics of family life, bereavement and, of course, time travel…

Our hero is Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury (Al for short)– oh, and of co
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’m not sure I’m any less baffled by time travel after reading this, but what a fun adventure of a story.

Time Travelling with a Hamster is packed full of mischief, adventure, family, friendship, grief, love, time travel, random facts, and of course, not forgetting the pet hamster.

This story also has a good mix of characters, but not too many to keep track of. I love Grandpa Byron. What an interesting character he is.

Despite me enjoying children’s books, this was perhaps a little young for me to
Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury’s dad was thirty nine years old when he died for the first time and twelve when he died for the second time. The former happened due to a dislodged piece of metal that caused brain haemorrhage, a leftover from of an accident he had when he was a kid.

The latter is the result of what sets Time Traveling with a Hamster in motion.

Al’s dad died suddenly when Al was eight years old. When Al turns twelve he receives a mind-blowing present: a letter from his dead father
“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space. If you can bend space you can bend time also, and if you knew enough and could move faster than light you could travel backward in tie and exist in two places at once.”

----Margaret Atwood

Ross Welford, an English author, pens his debut middle grade science fiction story, Time Travelling with a Hamster that unfolds the story of a 12-year old boy who after his father's death travels back in time with his father's invented time ma
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'Time Traveling with a Hamster' by Ross Welford is so clever, funny and thrilling, I wish I was reading this book with the fresh eyes of a twelve-year-old, the intended audience (give or take a year or two in either direction)! Instead, since I am a little older, the story reminded me of the Back to the Future movies. Still, this is excellent and exciting time-traveling adventure even for a reader in their sixth decade! I was very reluctant to put it down because each chapter had me on the edge ...more
Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury’s dad was thirty nine years old when he died for the first time and twelve when he died for the second time. The former happened due to a dislodged piece of metal that caused brain haemorrhage, a leftover from of an accident he had when he was a kid.

The latter is the result of what sets Time Traveling with a Hamster in motion.

Al’s dad died suddenly when Al was eight years old. When Al turns twelve he receives a mind-blowing present: a letter from his dead father
Smitha Murthy
Ross Welford is fast becoming one of my favorite writers in Children’s Literature. There’s something deeply engrossing in the adventures he spins. I was hooked by the title of the book. There’s no way I am NOT going to pick up a book when the title has a hamster in it.

Welford uses time travel to deal with metaphysics, life, grief, and mind and space-bending dimensions of time. That’s a lot to pack into a children’s book! But it’s fun, even if it makes your head go dizzy. On his 12th birthday, A
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, color me impressed! You've heard me praise the wonders of Middle Grade fiction and its wonderful authors many a time, and yet it never fails to stun me how much goodness comes out of the books written for this age group. Ross Welford has penned a gem here. Time Traveling With A Hamster simultaneously pulls together the importance of family, the grey areas we face when making hard decisions, the beauty (and issues) associated with being passionate about something, and even owning up to ones ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I wasn't so convinced until the very end. I really liked the generational relationship between Al and his grandfather, and the cultural element made this book a lot more interesting too. Not sure why the hamster was there - maybe including an animal sidekick just makes it more appealing to kids? ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars

This was quite entertaining and the main concept was interesting but the plot was too confusing for my taste, the main character was bland and there wasn't nearly enough of the hamster.
My 16 year old son's rating: 4 stars (that's saying a lot!)
My 10 year old son's rating: 4.5 stars

The mere concept of time travel is always tricky, but I thought this middle grade read did a good job with it.
Laila Tarek
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I AM. IN. LOVE. This is officially the best cover buy I ever made, I saw this book in my local bookstore, never heard of it before, the cover was so catchy and I looked up and saw this:

“My dad died twice. But only the second time was my fault.”

Before you know it, my wallet was empty and my bag had a book that shamelessly says Time Travelling with a Hamster. I went home and realized it’s a 2016 release, which we rarely get here in Qatar, because our bookstores are shitty and it takes several mont
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The book is a kids book so I started reading this to my daughter, straight away I could see her eyes glazing over, it was way to technical for her, so I decided to read this to myself. I enjoyed it, slow to start but once Albert's dad starts explaining the science behind time travel and also explaining Einstein's theories in a language I could understand I was hooked. Albert's Grandad has gotta be one of the coolest ever.

Albert did make me angry now and then when he does something dumb, I had to
Anna || BooksandBookends
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
I received a free copy of this book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury or 'Al' for short, has witnessed his Dad dying twice. Well, at least sort of. Following the death of his father, Al receives a letter informing him of a time travel machine his Dad had created. His Dad feels Al needs to know this information now he is twelve years old in order to travel back in time and attempt to save his life. But does time travel really
Ms. Yingling
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher

Al Chaudhury is getting by in his British coastal community. His father has passed away, his mother is dating a decent enough guy, and his grandfather is a steady if quirky presence in his life. On his 12th birthday, Al receives a letter from his father who claims that Al needs to break into their former house and use a homemade time machine to save his father from a serious go kart accident that eventually caused his death. This is not an easy task, and it is compli
Karen Mace
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley, ya
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review

What a delight!! Have been intrigued by this book since I saw in a local bookshop so I was really pleased to be able to get the opportunity to read it

Such a sweet story of how a 12 year old boy - the brilliantly named Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury - is left a letter by his Dad who died 4 years earlier giving him details of a time machine he had invented! Since his Dad died, Alberts' life has changed quite a bit as
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
This is a superb and dark read. It is a story that deals with the fundamental themes of the importance of family and its dynamics, grief and adjusting to major shifts in life. And for good measure it has a hamster named Alan Shearer! How great is that? Then add the dimension of time travelling and it becomes a book you want to read.

The central character is called Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudry which validates the fact that time travel is indeed going to be an option. His father's fate lies in h
Karen Barber
For a childrens' book, this packs a real emotional punch.
Here we have the story of twelve year old Al Chaudhury who is coming to terms with his dad's shock death and moving away from everything he knows to live with his new step-family.
Al is, to put it mildly, something of a eccentric character. His curiosity is limitless, and we get to travel with him on the most amazing journey.
With a gripping opening that immediately arouses our interest, we learn that Al's dad invented a time machine and is
Jayne  Downes
This book will probably appeal to very good readers at the Intermediate age who enjoy books involving time travel. I didn't love it, I found it rather drawn out but will be interested in what students think about it. An interesting idea though that we could travel back in time to prevent something tragic happening. ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I love a good time travel stories. This Middle Grade take on the genre by Ross Welford was ace! Playing a little bit like a younger British take on Back to the Future. It is fabulously heart-warming with a giant pretzel of a plot.
Jaimie Morris
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, death, ks2
When 12-year-old Al learns there is a time machine, made by his father, sitting in the garage of his old house, he has to go and get it! Then he can travel back in time and save his father's life.

With his pet hamster Alan Shearer for company, Al is determined to follow his dad's instructions. But time travel can be tricky and there are strict rules. Whilst reading I was is rooting for Al all the way, as he bravely confronts every possible obstacle in the hope of having his dad back. Both hilario
Suzanne Rogerson
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
4.5 stars.
Really enjoyed this book even though the idea of time travel does something funny to my brain!
Will try to add a review soon.
Nichola Grimshaw
There's plenty of science geekery in this excellent story, particularly if you're developing an interest in Einstein's theories! The time travel here makes reference to actual scientific theory rather than the gorgeously vague timeywimey-ness of Dr Who.

Strong themes of family and family relationships with the death of a parent and the 'blending' of 2 families (stepparents and step siblings) dealt with from various perspectives.

The characters with their diverse cultural backgrounds are really en
Susan Hampson
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with this children's novel, that is loaded with suspense from the beginning to end and makes you want to keep turning every page to find out what is going to happen. The story is told by Albert, a twelve year old boy, as he takes you on a very daring time travelling adventure, with his hamster, into the past. His mission is to change an event in history that will save someone's life many years later.
There is an easy to follow compact cast of characters that stay firmly fixe
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little book of wonders is on every window display in the bookstores here in Scotland. Comes with rave reviews and this is one of them.
The story is about Al, who is twelve and lives with his mother, stepfather and stepsister. Al misses his father terribly, who passed away quite suddenly a few years back.
On his twelfth birthday, Al gets a letter from his father telling him all about his experiments with time travel. In the letter, his Dad asks him to find the time travelling machine and trave
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
One I'd recommend for Y6 and over - it's quite a sensitive, mature read - more about family relationships (i.e. grief, death of a parent, bond with grandfather, blended families) than the lightweight read suggested by the cover art and title. The hamster doesn't play a big role but is the catalyst for some changes to Al's plan and cause of subsequent drama. In a genrefied fiction collection, I'd be tempted to put this with realistic fiction rather than junior sci-fi. ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
A lovely whimsical story about a boy who travels through time with his hamster on a mission to save his family. The writing is warm, inviting and at times amusing. Set in the North East of England which I enjoyed immensely living in the area.
I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but the app wouldn't let me. A great read and real page turner.
Nihaad Gamieldien
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun and exciting story that I just could not stop reading. And I have to be clear that I am giving this book a 4.5/5 star rating!
Graine Milner
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y7-8
Fantastic middle grade science fiction adventure! Brilliantly plotted and lots of fun, with some poignant moments. Most enjoyable book I've read for a while! ...more
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