Friday, March 23, 2018

The Invisible Hand by James Hartley

The Invisible Hand

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.

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The Invisible Hand is the first in a series of semi-paranormal stories that relate to Shakespeare's most popular works. It is suitable for a middle school and upward audience. It is clean with mild reference to violence as must be in any historical reference.
The story introduces us to the boarding school in which this series takes place.
Sam, the main character, is there because his mother is ill, possibly mentally ill, although no one wants to say it straight forward. And after Sam's experiences we have to wonder if she is ill or also a time traveler.
This is not a time travel book as we are used to. There are connections to Sam's study as well as his family history. I enjoyed his time getting to know Leana and the mystery of figuring out what and WHEN is going on. While this book wraps up just fine, there are enough questions left over to want to read more of this series.

Author Bio – 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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