Rosie Sands goes to sleep in her own home and wakes up in the royal palace during Tudor times, where she meets Queen Elizabeth 1, all because of a special watch. A great read from this innovative and important publisher which specialises in short books for older children who are reluctant readers, dyslexic or struggling to read, this time-shift novel vividly recreates Tudor England.
With strong and capable female characters, the protagonist Rosie is well-developed and genuinely likeable, and a great role model for young girls. She struggles to read, is reluctant to seek help from teachers, and yet manages to draw on considerable resources to help the monarch in her time of need. Rosie’s personal growth and emerging confidence as the novel unfolds are affirming and gratifying, particularly in the light of her negative experiences in the classroom.