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Once a creature is extinct, it's gone forever. Isn't it? Not anymore, as a butterfly from the past proves. The physicist mother of Kizzy and Fraser Rye has invented an amazing time machine that can travel back into the past, snatch a plant or animal now extinct, and bring it back into the present. It's a wonderful achievement, a real scientific breakthrough. But the machine has a horrifying potential.
©1994 Robert Swindells;

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"Spellbinding....a stirring achievement." (The Times Educational Supplement)

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  • P. D. Smith
  • 10-25-08

Very enjoyable

This book wasn't quite what I expected, but it was very good. It wasn't so much 'sci-fi' as an object lesson on the problems of breakthrough scientific discoveries etc.

Our two kids loved it though, and even asked for more books by the same author. I think this was because it was very good at looking at the issues from a child's perspective, with reactions from school-friends and so on, coming into it. It also gave the chance to talk about what 'extinction' was, and to talk about some of the currently endangered species which had become extinct by the time-frame of the book (which is set about 20 years in the future from now).

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