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Boyd, David
Oakville (Ont.), Rubicon Publishing, 1989. 97pp, paper, $6.95, ISBN 0-921156-08-1. Distributed by Copp Clark Pitman. (The Adventures of Wordsy & Jessica series). CIP

Grades 6 to 9/Ages 11 to 14

Reviewed by Constance Hall

Volume 18 Number 5
1990 September

Wordsworth Doyle, who is eleven years old, wins a travel contest to anywhere in the world. Taking his best friend, Jessica Redd, Wordsy decides to visit his Uncle Dandy, who lives on a little island on the northeast coast of England called Lindisfarne, and ends up by having an exciting adventure in time travel to the past. There is a neat bit of early Church history in Northumbria interwoven throughout this story.

While exploring ruins, Wordsy first experiences travel back to the time when the monastery was inhabited, but he arrives just as a deadly and devastating Viking raid occurs. After he returns to the present, Wordsy and Jessica both experience time travel to the monastery, where they survive an encounter with the Viking chieftain, Eric Bloodaxe, and they find the lost volume of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

David Boyd, who teaches at Appleby College in Oakville, creates an exciting story that keeps the reader turning pages to see what happens. The reading level is high but this book could easily be read aloud to children in younger grade levels.

Constance Hall, Hamilton, Ont.

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