Time After Time

Time After Time

Molly and Beth are best friends but they aren't too happy when their families move in together. But when the two are accidently transported back to the past, they have a chance to see the world through their parents’ eyes ...


Paperback: €9.99
Paperback: 288 pages
Size:196x130 mm
ISBN: 9781847179296

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ISBN: 9781847179050

Series: Time After Time

Molly and Beth are best friends and love spending time together. But when their two families move in together, maybe they are a little too close for comfort! Out shopping one day they need to avoid the most embarrassing encounter ever with Molly’s mum, and hide in a shop they had never noticed before. When they leave by the side door, they realise immediately that something is not right! Transported back to the past, where mobile phones don’t work and the world feels very different, they realise that they have a chance to see the world through their parents’ eyes. Before finding their way home, can they see what their own pasts looked like?

Judi Curtin

Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series, the 'Eva' series and the 'Time After Time' series, about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends. Judi won the Children's Book of the Year (Senior) at the Irish Book Awards in 2017 for Stand By Me. Her current series, about Lily, is set in the famous Lissadell House in Co Sligo.

real friendship, where they both have ups and downs and always stick together

Evening Echo Junior Reviewer Kathryn O’Mahony, Mallow

beautifully told, Time After Time is humourous, nostalgic and engaging

Inis Magazine

Judi Curtin has been described as the Irish Jacqueline Wilson and it’s easy to see why: she writes warm, convincing contemporary stories about girls, friendships and families. Here best friends Molly and Beth are awkwardly trying to adjust to their new shared life (their respective mum and dad have moved in together) when something very strange happens and they find themselves transported back in time to 1984 … told with Curtin’s typical insight and lightness of touch. Beth and Molly are real characters, the strength of their friendship is utterly convincing, and this is a touching, uplifting read, often very funny too. Definitely one to recommend to fans of Jacqueline Wilson


time travel tale from Ireland’s answer to Jacqueline Wilson set in the 80’s. Nostalgia for older folk and possibly quite unbelievable for the younger folk


a compelling friendship tale

Irish Independent

Curtin exudes a wonderful skill for mixing humour and emotion, and it’s hard not to fall in love with this gem

Sunday World

as expected, this is a splendid read from Curtin … Curtin navigates brilliantly between emotion and fun, so that we never lose sight of the girls’ sense of adventure … surely merits a sequel

Irish Examiner

funny and moving, a great holiday read

Belfast Telegraph

a great read

Bleach House Library

delightfully gentle, clean fun .. the author captures perfectly the true joy of girls’ friendships at this important age!

CBI Recommended Reads 2016

must read … a story of real friendship, perfect for BFFs


Judi Curtin writes sensitive, hugely engaging novels about contemporary girls and the things that matter most to them: friends, family relationships, learning to be happy with who you are…As readers will understand, visiting the 1980s will have its plusses and minuses for 21st century kids: you can buy packets of biscuits for 20p but have to survive without mobile phones. There are lots of details older readers will relish: the shop that sells the biscuits has comics Mandy and Bunty on its shelves too; the girls are baffled – and amused – by the hairstyles and fashions … Emotions reach a very high point as the two reach Beth’s mum’s home, and Curtin describes the tension beautifully…This is time travel that puts female relationships – mother/daughter, best friends – into the spotlight, in a book that is funny, sad and uplifting. It reminds us all too that the teenagers our mums were are only ever a splash of (Smitty) perfume away.

Books for Keeps

expect lots of laughs and lots of tears

Belfast Telegraph

An excellent read which explores the issues that face families, as well as exploring an age without today's technology. Highly recommended.


What if you could go back in time, meet the mother you never knew, find out what she was like? This sweet and touching timeslip adventure explores this 'what if?' scenario, as well as separation and blended families, as best friends Molly and Beth find themselves transported back to 1984. A lovely read


well-written, funny and a real tear-jerker, this is one book your child will struggle to put down!

Mummy Pages

Judi Curtin’s best book yet…. Both entertaining and emotional, Time After Time has heart and is sure to be a winner with Judi Curtin’s many fans. Just remember to have tissues at the ready as time after time (ha!) this book will make you well up


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Also by Judi Curtin:

Alice and Megan Series
Alice Again
Alice in the Middle
Don't Ask Alice
Bonjour Alice
Alice to the Rescue

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