A mysterious box has been in Jack’s family for hundreds of years. One morning, Jack discovers a letter on a roll of parchment inside the box begging him for help. The letter is marked 1483. A stranger arrives and gives Jack a metal wheel which unlocks the box’s power to transport Jack in time to the Tower of London.
This second book from Simon Rose, author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, is well-researched and strongly set in medieval London. Jack is a brave, quick-witted, and likeable main character. Short chapters and lots of action make this a great choice for reluctant, middle-grade readers.