Marsden, John. Out of time.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

MARSDEN, John. Out of time. Tor. 127p. c1990. 10-0-765-31412-6. $16.95. JS

This is an unusual SF story for YAs, by the author of The Tomorrow Series and other excellent YA novels first published in Australia. It requires readers with curious minds who like puzzles and mysteries--even those that are perhaps not resolved in a story. James is a quiet boy, withdrawn, who others see as weird; the story of his life slowly emerges, but the reader has to be patient, picking up clues here and there. James has a friendship with an elderly physicist, and when the old man dies, James retrieves a box that the man had invented that holds the secret of time travel. Other vignettes of children are offered up: a girl lying alone in a hospital bed, wounded in a bomb blast; a mute...

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