The Invisible Hand by James Hartley
Paperback, 153 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING: 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to the Author and Rachel’s Random Resources, I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.
I’m a huge fan of books set at boarding schools, that is why this book was a must read for me. It starts out with a letter from our main character, Sam to his parents after being at boarding school for almost a month. I thought this was a unique and enjoyable way to bring us into the story right away. The letter also contained some valuable background information.
I think the author is wonderful at world building, I felt like I could see everything around me while reading. I feel like each of the chapter titles was perfection. I’m excited that each of these books will be focused on a different Shakespeare play. It makes me so much more interested in each of the plays.
I highly enjoyed every aspect of this book. It was a fun and adventurous read that I would recommend to people wanting to learn a little bit more about Shakespeare or his plays. I also think this was a great way to get children/teenagers interested in Shakespeare. I can’t wait to jump into the rest of these books as soon as I can.
James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.
His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.
He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.
James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children.
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