Whirl of the Wheel

Rated 4.08/5 based on 12 reviews
Three children whirl back in time through an enchanted potter’s wheel into the reality of evacuation in 1940s Britain . . . Whirl of the Wheel pulls feisty Connie, her brother Charlie-Mouse, and school pest Malcolm into dangers on the homefront and towards a military operations secret that will save their home. The children hit trouble when Malcolm fails to return to the present day.

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About Catherine Condie

Born in Cambridge,UK, Catherine began her career in PR and corporate communications, progressing as an editor of science journals, and as communications advisor for a European programme. She currently works in internet marketing and is a school literacy governor. Catherine is also a singer/songwriter and guitarist, and plays in a rock band.

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Review by: R.E Weber on April 9, 2014 :
Whirl of the wheel is an old fashioned story for all ages centering on a group of time travelling children. It is charming, wonderfully written, warm hearted and enjoyable. If you are looking for fast paced action, this book isn't it. If however you are looking for an easy, short, deliberately paced read, with bags of heart and likeable, interesting characters, then you could do a lot worse than this. Well worth an hour or three of your time.
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Review by: michele fanning on May 20, 2013 :
Hm m m. . . .
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Review by: Kate Meeks-Hall on Feb. 22, 2013 :
Terrific book. I love time travel and my ten yr old son loves all things WWII so this was a great read for us! Can't wait for the sequel!
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Review by: Lari Grey-Bear on Dec. 12, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book :)
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Review by: Benjamin Fried on Oct. 3, 2011 :
I found the story to be compelling, but overall getting through it was tedious for me. I think its a matter of taste. Read the first few pages and if you love it you will love the rest. This is just not for me.
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Review by: W. Addison Gast on April 23, 2011 :
Whew, Stacy's REVIEW was almost longer than Catherine's story.
Good character structure and they work well with each other to make the story associate with children of that age. Obviously, Catherine is a Brit and the story is well done and holds the reader's interst to the last page. The story has a great hook in it for a sequel.
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Review by: ash clark on April 6, 2011 :
it was okay
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Review by: S. Burke on Oct. 6, 2010 :
"The musty smell of wood and chalk dust hit Connie’s nostrils. She fell forward onto a sloped wooden desk, knocking hard into her funny bone.

‘What on earth . . ?’ exclaimed Charlie-Mouse, his voice echoing around the empty room. He slid off the back wall and into a seat behind her, scraping hard at her combats. But she didn’t move a muscle. She couldn’t – even though her elbow ached madly and she wanted to shake away the pain ricocheting through her body. Neither could she make a sound  her mouth was sealed tight and her tongue glued to the back of her teeth. She moved only her eyes. Hanging portraits of kings, queens and prime ministers glowered back. The background scream of the overhead gas lighting, the whipping of the wind and the shrieks from outside added their challenges to her senses.

Stay calm, breathe, and relax. Everything’s fine.

Someone came into the room. Startled, she nodded and smiled politely, clicking her heels in perfect time across the polished floor. The outside noise built to crescendo as the lady opened the door and blew sharply on her whistle. At once the shrieks fell and the playing children – with small boxes dutifully strung across their bodies – hurried into line. ‘Be quick about it,’ the lady instructed.

The room filled – they moved along the lines of desks – shoes plain and practical, laced and buttoned, and polished in black or brown. Two to a bench seat – their backs a combination of coloured cardigans, pinafores, pullovers, shirts and tanktops."

***An excerpt from this lovely book, children and the young at heart will all enjoy the tale. A mini history lesson easy to digest and the adventures a three delightful characters suddenly caught in a time and place unfamiliar and frightening.

Author Catherine Condie is to be applauded, she has researched her book well, and anyone reading can be safe in the knowledge that her portrayal of War ravaged 1940's England and the evacuation of it's young people is accurate.

The three central characters are a delightful cross patch with the volatile Connie, her brother Charlie-Mouse
and the much misunderstood nasty character of Malcolm all coming to grips in a world they have no way of being prepared for.
Magic, time travel and adventure all entwined in a clever fast-paced and most enjoyable book. A five star book to be sure.
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Review by: Dan Holloway on March 26, 2010 :
This is a lovely book, a tale wonderfully told with a setting and characters that draw us right into their world and never let us go
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Review by: Sheena on March 15, 2010 :
Wonderful story!
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Review by: Kevin Argyle on March 3, 2010 :
A Fantastic read, Totally absorbing characters,developed very quickly.

Good twists and turns in the plot, and an unexpected ending,

A feel good kind of story, Roll on the second book,
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Review by: Shayne Parkinson on Jan. 11, 2010 :
This is a lovely blend of magic and realistic historical fiction. The period details feel convincing without ever being overdone, and the children are credible, with the sorts of fears and priorities that feel right for their age and situation.

I was reminded a little of the "Green Knowe" books, with the shifting in time element and with the wonderful old house that's a character in its own right. This book has the charm of those classics, while having modern details (such as the World Wide Web) that perhaps make it more accessible to readers who find the classics distancing.
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