Today I’m really excited to show you a book that I received from Literally PR! It’s a book I requested on NetGalley as I was so taken in by the description, but then they contacted me directly about a potential blog tour and I’m so thrilled that I’m going to be on the tour and will get a chnce to read this book because it’s about a place I know well!
The book is an interesting younger teen/ya time travelling tale and is set in a place I know about as I spent some of my childhood almost on the doorstep of this place and could always see the tower from my bedroom window as I later grew up! 🙂 Ok, let’s see what the book is and why I’m so excited by this story…
The Crystal Palace Chronicles: Star of Nimrod by Graham Whitlock – Join teenager Joe on a rollercoaster adventure travelling back in time to the heyday of Victorian Crystal Palace.
Joe’s world is turned upside down when he discovers a shattered compass among the brambles where the Crystal Palace once stook and travels through time back to 1888.
With help from the teenage H. G. Wells and Samuel Coleridge Taylor, daredevil Iris Blondin, Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of the Gypsies, Joe must foil dangerous diamond thieves to uncover dark secrets about the ‘People’s Palace’. Standing on boundaries between worlds, its mysterious secrets are tied to the fate of his family.
Will Joe be trapped in the past with his new friends, find a way to return to his family or can he somehow have both?
I have adored time travelling stories ever since I was young (always secretly wishing I could do it myself – even today, lol), and the Crystal Palace has fascinated me ever since I first heard of it. I’ve visited the park many times, seen the dinosaurs there, and could always see that television tower outside my bedroom window as I grew up even though we moved around a few times (which is probably why we had such good television reception at home, lol). This book also interests me as it’s being released close to a special date for the Palace. This year marks the 80th year since the glass Palace, unfortunately burnt down, and it’s great that a book like this seems to want to bring the beauty of the Palace back to life. My blog tour stop will be on the 14th November, the day after my birthday and I hope you’ll want to visit the blog then to see more about this interesting book! In the meantime tell me if you’ve ever heard of Crystal Palace or enjoy time travelling stories?
What books are you reading right now? Do you like time travelling tales? Have you ever visited Crystal Palace? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂
Thanks Kitty, I hope my book brings back happy memories of your time in Crystal Palace! I grew up locally too – my grandad sold programmes at the Palace – but it wasn’t until I started researching this book I realised just how incredible it was and the amazing people who lived in its shadow. I hope The Crystal Palace Chronicles can bring some of that to life for the young and the young at heart! Best wishes, Graham
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Thank you! It’s such a brilliant read (just have a few pages left before I finish 😀 It really is bringing the magic of the past palace to life and so many people were indeed a part of its history. 🙂