In modern-day Tyneside, on his 12th birthday, Al gets given a letter from his father who had died a few years earlier. The letter invites him to use a time machine which will help to save his father’s life. Like a junior version of “The Butterfly Effect”, this does not go according to plan for most of the novel.
The book adds scientific insight to a sense of adventure as Al travels back to 1984. The characterisation is good and the novel is quite engaging. Anyone outside of the UK may have trouble with the Geordie dialect and references. The older child / young adult should enjoy it.