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By: Claire Rosemary Jane

Chloe’s Extraordinary Telescope

Pages: 182 Ratings: 4.8
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Chloe Blackthorne is an only child of parents who are rather older than many parents and who are quite strict. One day, she sneaks into the loft which her parents have forbidden her from entering, and discovers a strange telescope hidden away! Chloe quickly discovers that it has extraordinary powers to both see into the future and into the past, becoming her favourite possession as she explores time. One day while using the telescope in her garden, a happy-go-lucky boy named Jack sees her using it and asks to have a look through the telescope himself. Much to her amazement, she discovers that Jack can see exactly the same through it as she does! So begins a series of adventures which get steadily scarier as the two of them look further and further into the future. What exciting and terrifying adventures await Chloe and Jack with their extraordinary magical telescope?

Claire Rosemary Jane grew up in Malvern in Worcestershire and is the eldest of six children. Her father was one of the Bawdsey Manor radar pioneers. Claire has always liked reading but her peak childhood reading was between the ages of 9 and 12. At school, her favourite subject was geography, although she also liked both writing and music. Claire went on to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. She has travelled widely to many parts of the world and as a result has progressively become more and more interested (and concerned) in what humans are doing to harm the planet.

Customer Reviews
4.8
9 reviews
9 reviews
  • Claire Rosemary Jane

    I wrote this book because I have been becoming evermore concerned over the years as to what we humans have been doing to planet earth, and wanting to warn you as to what the inevitable end result might be. What is happening in Ukraine, and what has happened recently in Turkey and Syria has just underlined that concern. I have rated the book with five stars, but as its writer, I would think you would expect me to do that.

  • Carolyn Cooper

    "What a brilliant story! I have never read anything like this before. Kept me on tenterhooks right to the end. So many different aspects to life that this gets you thinking about, whilst having an exciting adventure. I have enjoyed immensely."

  • Max and Dylan Lockton

    I am writing this review on behalf of the above; My two grandsons at six and four are a little bit too young to read Chloe's Extraordinary Telescope, so I told the story to them, briefing it down to suit their concentration levels. The older boy summed it up with, "it was very good, but sad that the adults did not believe the children", and the younger boy said.."I loved it !"

  • Carolyn Cooper

    "What a brilliant story! I have never read anything like this before. Kept me on tenterhooks right to the end. So many different aspects to life that this gets you thinking about, whilst having an exciting adventure. I have enjoyed immensely."

  • Bryn Cooper

    I found reading Chloe's Extraordinary Telescope fuelled my imagination, and once I got into the story I had a job to put the book down. I am 69 years old but it is a book for anyone.

  • Keith Petersen

    This book is a good thought-provoking read as the reader joins Chloe on her adventures. Although marketed at the children's or young adult market, I think this book will also appeal to adults as well. I really enjoyed it.

  • Nick Thompson

    The main characters in this book are a girl and a boy aged around 10, and it’s suited for those around that age. The author sets out plausible family settings for the period around the year 2000 in provincial England. Into that, she introduces an antique telescope that can show the future when used by children, but not by adults. The introduction of a sci-fi angle into domestic life is portrayed well, and is plausible for young readers, as are the issues of climate change, and the broader future of civilization. The style is readable, with short chapters, and welcomes readers of any age.

  • Jane

    I’ve enjoyed this story and will pass it on to my grandchildren to read over the long Summer holiday.

    Claire depicts this tale of a lonely girl with pedestrian unimaginative parents with great sensitivity. When Chloe discovers a window into other worlds it gives her life meaning and excitement. She has found a secret place of discovery and wonder.

    When her parents find out, the story picks up speed and becomes a real page-turner.

    I recommend this book to anyone willing to be taken on an adventure...

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