Title: The Boy from Tomorrow
Author: Camille DeAngelis
Genre: Historical – Science Fiction
Age Classification: Middle Grade
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Release: May 8, 2018
Josie, Cassie and Alec all live at 444 Sparrow Street and sleep in the same room but have never seen each other in person. Why? Because Josie and Cassie are in the year 1915 and Alec is in 2015. Somehow, despite being a hundred years apart, the two girls and Alec can speak to each other through a talking board.
Alec Frost is a kind 12-year-old boy who finally got his wish of living away from the city by moving to a small town with his mum. The only downside is that his father will not be joining them. His parents are getting a divorce and while it does have some effect on him, he handles the situations really well.
Josie Clifford is the same age as Alec – just a hundred years before – and she did not believe it possible to talk to someone from the future despite her mother, Lavina Clifford, being known for her abilities to talk to the dead. Josie is a clever and polite young lady, but thanks to her mothers fear or dislike of people and the outside world, she is not allowed to go to school. Being trapped in a house with a mother with no time for her children, a handful of servants, her little sister, Cassie, and their tutor, Emily Jasper.
Cassie is a spirited child with a heart of gold but a knack for getting herself into trouble. She also has the habit of saying strange things on behalf of Mrs Gubbins, her dirty and tatty looking doll. Cassie wants nothing more than her mother’s love and is denied it. Luckily for both of the Clifford girls, Emily is there and she cares about both of the girls more than most tutors would.
I love how the book started – both groups thinking the other were ghosts. It was an interesting, entertaining, heartwarming and heartbreaking story all at once. The plot was brilliant and I enjoyed the mystery elements that were an underlying feature to be wrapped up at the end. The writing style appropriate for younger readers but still engaging enough for older audiences and I enjoyed the layout of the story with the alternating points of view and time periods. Both Alec and Josie were lovely characters to read the story through and most of the characters in the book were well developed and just complex enough for their role in the story.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
I could not be happier with this book and I believe it will be one of my favourite reads of 2018!
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Until next time bibliophiles!
A digital copy of this book was supplied to me by Amberjack Publishing via NetGalley