Jimmy First isn’t thrilled when his mum arranges a part-time job working for Henry Crumble on Saturdays. His right arm is disabled by cerebral palsy, making it difficult for him to handle the small work on watches and clocks that his new job demands. But Henry is kind and treats Jimmy with respect, unlike the bullies who torment him.
One day Jimmy discovers Henry has a secret, and ends up on a journey through time to discover his destiny. Will Jimmy be able to return from the future, to live the life he now knows he’s meant to enjoy?
The Time Traveller’s Assistant pulls us into Jimmy’s world, immediately capturing our sympathies for the difficulties he’s endured as a result of his cerebral palsy. Jimmy is a smart and good-looking boy, but he doesn’t see his own worth until he visits the future and encounters a girl who likes him just as he is. This is a well-written fantasy with a positive message of self-worth for all who struggle with feelings of not fitting in. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Alice Berger