Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford


“My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty nine and again four years later when he was twelve.”

On Al Chaudhury’s twelfth birthday his beloved Grandpa Byron gives him a letter from Al’s late father. In it Al receives a mission: travel back to 1984 in a secret time machine and save his father’s life.

Al soon discovers that time travel requires daring and imagination. It also requires lies, theft, setting his school on fire and ignoring philosophical advice from Grandpa Byron. All without losing his pet hamster, Alan Shearer…

Time Travelling with a Hamster is a funny, heart-warming race-against-time – and across generations – adventure that you will won’t be able to put down.



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17 thoughts on “Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

  1. Ross Welford enticed me into this book which is a mind-boggling story full of action and mystery! I wish I could experience the whole inspiring story again as if I hadn’t read it! I loved the bits where the hamster was involved. They brought humour and a great twist at the end.

  2. At first, I wasn’t sure whether I’d like this book, but as I got further in, I was intrigued. I loved the way that it spoke about all the technical sides of time travel and I really felt that the author knew how to connect with the audience. Sooo, apart from the slow start, I loved it!

  3. This is a great book that boggled my brain in a way that no other book has achieved. I loved the way Al named his hamster Alan Shearer to please his stepdad. Though proving confusing throughout, I thought this was a great book.

  4. This is one of the most exciting books I’ve read so far! It’s one adventure after another – there’s never a dull moment. The plot thickens the further you get, leaving you dying to know what happens next. Once I’d started, I wanted to stay up all night to finish reading it but my mean mum stopped me! (I even caught my mum reading it…..it’s why she stopped me!)
    It’s a book you need to take seriously and it requires a lot of concentration to follow the storyline but it’s sooo worth it! I did find it a challenge but one that I really enjoyed. If you don’t buy this book this summer, you’re seriously missing out on a good read!

  5. This book has a fascinating story line and quite a lot of humour but some scenes are really serious and emotional. The end is very satisfying and I certainly didn’t predict the final outcome, which was really clever and made me smile. The writing shows a lot of passion and describes a terrific bond of trust between father and son. I can’t imagine how the author came up with the plot but I really enjoyed it and I think the book will appeal across a wide age range.

  6. The suspense in this book was amazing! It was great to read a book set in local places.

    Al (short for Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhury) lives with his mother, his step-dad Steve, his half-sister Carly and his amazing Grandpa Byron. His Grandpa has an incredible talent of being able to remember anything and everything!
    Al’s father, a scientist and inventor specialising in the theory of time travel, died when Al was just 8. Using his dad’s makeshift time machine – a laptop attached to a tin tub from a garden centre – Al (accompanied by his pet hamster Alan Shearer ) tries to stop the seemingly inevitable from happening, therefore preventing the death of his father.
    This was an extremely enjoyable read, it was engaging and intriguing as well as being funny at times. The ending was moving as well as satisfying and it made me feel exceedingly happy for Al and his family. I adored the character of grandpa Byron who is an exceptionally likeable person who made the story more lighthearted in places. Overall this is a brilliant story which is very hard to find fault in, it kept me pondering over the concept of time travel for long after I finished the story, a very good read!!


    Albert Einstein Hawking Chaudhary (or Al for short) sets out on a journey back in time to prevent his father’s death. Together with his pet hamster, Alan Shearer, Al travels to the time when his father was a young boy. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly as he planned. Time Travelling With a Hamster is a great read, written by the local author Ross Welford. I enjoyed this book very much and the various plot twists kept me interested right until the end.

    Excellent plot, very touching but uplifting at the same time; a true sense of Geordie in it because of the name of the hamster.

  7. I loved this book! I think it’s going to be one of my favourites although, at first, I wasn’t sure what was going on and the hamster wasn’t as important as I thought it would be. This book made me laugh and wonder and even the less important characters were creative and memorable. I did get confused with the parallel dimensions, like when Grandpa Byron had an excellent memory in one and in another he didn’t but this didn’t stop me enjoying it. This was an excellent book.

  8. As the blurb promised, this book made me laugh, cry, wonder and wish I could turn back time and start reading it all over again! The whole book was full of excitement and action. Ross told the story in a way that made sure I didn’t forget any of the events. I loved the way that it seemed as though Al was writing a diary about the past week because it made me feel that someone knew the story before I did. I found this book gripping and it’s my favourite by far.

  9. I thought this was a very interesting and well researched book. I liked the idea of travelling in time by travelling between parallel universes rather than just travelling through time. This makes much more sense. I loved the characters and the way they were described and I like the local setting.

  10. I enjoyed this book by Ross Welford because I’m interested in space travel and science. I think it’s exciting, well written and Ross really knows how to build up the tension. The sadness of the story was balanced by the funniness of Grandpa Byron. I thought Al was an interesting character who is both lonely and vulnerable but determined enough to break in and steal. I don’t entirely buy into the idea of time travelling but I thought this was a great book and I’d recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by science. I do hope there will be a sequel.

  11. Have you ever wanted to change the past or see into the future? In this science fiction adventure, Al Chaudhury goes on a quest to save his dad’s life by travelling back to the time of his accident. This story is set in both the present and in 1984 and moves between the two, which I found rather confusing, especially towards the end so I don’t think this will be my favourite book

  12. This story didn’t hook me as much as I was expecting although I found the plot interesting. I was rather disappointed when Al forced himself to wait 16 hours before opening his dad’s letter, that it turned out not to have been critical to the plot. I expected it to be a crucial part. I liked the way the author wrote as though Al was speaking to me and I loved the ending. Overall, I thought this was a good book.

  13. I thought this was a remarkable and inspiring story. Although I’ve never been attracted to science fiction stories, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  14. This book warmed my heart and filled my head with wonder! It was a fast, funny and really satisfying read that sparked my imagination! I thought the time-travelling was very clever but at times a little bit confusing and I had to keep going back and checking the time and place the characters were in. Talking about the characters, I loved them! I liked Al as he was adventurous and independent but my favourite was Grandpa Byron because of his humour and fantastic memory. I still remember the three objects he taught Al to remember with his memory games!
    With intriguing twists from start to finish, this story is a real roller coaster of emotion and I enjoyed hanging on!

  15. This indescribably good story is about loyalty, friendship and trust. It’s also about a boy so eager to get his dad back, he would break into a house, go back in time, steal a moped and even risk his life to save a cat about to burst into flames!
    I thought the plot was very complicated and confusing so I’d recommend highly but only to good readers.

  16. I think this book is an interesting read but I thought the hamster could have had a more important role. Most of the time he was in a drawer or in Al’s pocket. I found the maths and the mind palaces rather boring but I really liked the way the story was set in places near where I live. This book wasn’t really my cup of tea but I liked the fact that the hamster is called Alan Shearer because it’s another local connection (even though I support Sunderland).

  17. I loved ‘Time Travelling With A Hamster’, its so exciting, thrilling and unique. I recommend this book highly, it was my favorite. I love the hamster and the character of Grandpa Byron was so wise. I really liked this book.

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