Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

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There’s far too much going on...The inexpertly juggled overabundance of storylines and themes makes this one to skip.
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Cosmo must journey to the past to understand his future in this humorous, heartbreaking, and brilliantly original debut novel.

Cosmo’s granddad used to be the cleverest person he ever knew. That is, until his granddad’s mind began to fail. In a rare moment of clarity, his granddad gives Cosmo a key and pleads with Cosmo to go to the South Gates of Blackbrick Abbey, where his granddad promises an “answer to everything.” In the dead of night, Cosmo does just that.

When Cosmo unlocks the rusty old gates, he is whisked back to Blackbrick of years past, along with his granddad—now just sixteen-years old and sharp as a tack—beautiful Maggie, and the absolutely dreadful Corporamore family. But much more than time travel adventure awaits Cosmo on the old, sprawling estate: he’ll also discover revealing truths about his granddad, his family, and himself.

Abounding with humor and heart, this extraordinary novel is an original, unforgettable story about lost memories, lost times, and lost lives, reclaimed.
 

About Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

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Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is a professor and associate vice president at the University of Limerick in Ireland, where she lives with her family. Back to Blackbrick is her first novel for young readers.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 209 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jun 26 2013

There’s far too much going on...The inexpertly juggled overabundance of storylines and themes makes this one to skip.

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Above average
Reviewed by Josh Lacey on Mar 15 2013

...there are plot twists that will only surprise someone who has never read a time-travel story before. But once we're back in the present, Fitzgerald regains her poise, and crafts a satisfying resolution to Cosmo's problems.

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