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rank 5909
word count 37616
date submitted 11.11.2010
date updated 11.11.2010
genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Childr...
classification: universal


Heidi Lambert

An exciting time-slip story where present day children experience the adventure and face the challenge of their lives in the WWI trenches and battlefields.


The plot focuses on two boys, Ethan and Dan, and their sister Lily. The story begins with Lily nearly drowning in treacherous mudflats and falling into a coma, a catastrophe for which Ethan feels to some extent responsible. After meeting Billy, the ghost of a WWI soldier, in the empty house next door and hearing the story of his brother Tommy whom he was forced to abandon to a death by drowning in a shell hole (an event which mirrors Ethan’s own experience with Lily), Ethan and Dan find themselves drawn back to the trenches on the Western Front time and time again. Here they find Lily whose unconscious self has taken on the persona of a world war one nurse. Ethan realises that he must rescue her and bring her back to present day for her to recover but, as her condition in hospital deteriorates, time is running out fast. As the battle of Paschendaele rages, the fate of Billy, Tommy and Lily are intertwined and seemingly only Ethan can save them - or can he? An exciting story of adventure, danger and courage set in a time of incredible horror and heroism.

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adventure, children's, fiction, ghost, history, paschendaele, time-slip, trenches, war, world war one, ypres

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Rose Princess Kaysielynn wrote 1107 days ago

This is such a wonderful story that all I can do is gush over how marvelous it is. Backed with pleasure!

missyfleming_22 wrote 1174 days ago

What an awesome adventure for younger readers. You give them a fun way to learn about an important part of our history. I was drawn into this right away, great descriptions and excellent pacing. You've got a great eye for knowing what to give the reader to keep them reading. Sometimes you got a bit repetitive with words, which for a writer like you can be easily fixed. Oh, just saw Margaret below say the same thing, that's exactly what I was talking about. Anyway, thanks for a fun and imaginative read. It just goes to show you can write a great children's book without it being hardcore fantasy!

Starred and to be shelved later!

Margaret Anthony wrote 1183 days ago

Came across this by chance and was drawn in by your pitch. An original idea which I'm sure will appeal to your target readers.
I've read the first two chapters and you keep the action going from the start, which is good, traps the reader's interest.
You have no end of good observations which make the story feel authentic and captured the horror of the trenches well.
A couple of minor crits would be the fact you use the word 'idiot' to the point it loses impact and 'feelings of sickness, vomit etc' become a bit repetative. But the storyline is good and has potential. I will shelve shortly. Margaret.

blueboy wrote 1251 days ago

a facinating fantangle of nopulous narrative. will put you on my watch list and read more before commenting in detail. please read some of my malnuffereous masterpieceand let me know what you tink.


Farrold Saxon wrote 1252 days ago

Thoroughly polished, engaging from beginning to end. A great story for 10 - 13 year olds.

Farrold Saxon (Where-Stand-All)

SusieGulick wrote 1252 days ago

Dear Heidi, I love your wonderful story, preceded by your concise pitch which filled me in on what was going to take place in your story. :) Totally tight paragraphs & dialogue moved me quickly through chapter 21 which the had the clincher of the identity disc that fell out of Lily's belongings onto the floor. :) I smiled ear to ear & pictured it :) - I wasn't expecting such a wonderful ending :) - I just love happy endings. :) Hope you will write a lot more books. :) I have read, commented on, & put your book on my watchlist to back when space opens on my bookshelf. :) I have also ****** 'd your book :) - could you please ****** & back my memoirs book in return? :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :) Love, Susie :) p.s. every ****** 'ing & backing moves our books closer to the editor's desk. :)

SusieGulick wrote 1252 days ago

:) comment to follow after I've read your book - read & commented on 4 hours later :)