Friday 4 November 2022

Benji and the Gunpowder Plot by Kate Cunningham

Benji hopes that a trip out on Bonfire Night will add excitement to his normally ordinary life.

However, when he accidentally falls down a time hole he has a lot more adventure than he expected. Who are the strange men in the Duck Inn? Who can he trust What is so important about the letter he has been asked to deliver?

Events will take him to the Globe Theatre, down the Thames rapids and into the heart of Parliament.
London in 1605 is darker, dirtier and more dangerous than home, and Benji has no idea how to get back.

Bonfire night, Guy Fawkes night, whichever you choose to call it, has always been a big thing in England, especially when I was younger. We got the general gist of what happened all those years ago when the plotters tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament but Kate novel is a lot more fun than what I remember from school. 

It all starts to go wrong for Benji when he goes off to a local bonfire in the present day and accidentally falls down a 'time hole' which drops him in London in the year 1605. 

Now he's living in History rather than learning about it and things have got a lot more dangerous. 

I was wondering from early on whether Benji's tumble into the time hole was  an accident or planned and things became clearer as the story went on (but I'm not going to tell you either way 😉).

As this is the first of the Time Tumblers books there needed to be a good bit of set-up but that didn't distract from a good fun story that was also educational. I'll be looking out for the rest of the series that's for sure.

4/5* recommended

Thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto this tour and providing me with a review copy (my views though, remain my own and were not influenced in any way).

Please have a look at the reviews by the other bloggers on the Blogtour (below)

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