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The Time Machine

Written by H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown

Key Stage 2 Classic Fiction

LoveReading View on The Time Machine

The time traveller has invented a time machine.  Its capabilities are beyond even his fertile imagination. Wonderfully exciting and so relevant to today as we all consider the future of the human race.


From Reena aged 12:

'The Time Machine was very exciting. The story surprised me and made me happy.'

This and the other retellings by Real Reads are a fantastic way to introduce young children to some of the best-known and best-loved classics; beautifully presented and skilfully retold (and condensed – 64 pages in total) and illustrated, they are true to the original plot, capture something of the flavour and tone of the original work, while simplifying the narrative and dialogue. They’re primarily aimed for younger readers – 8-13 year olds but are also a great ‘quick fix’ for teenagers and adults.

Real Reads will develop a confidence and enthusiasm in some Classic literature and perhaps even to address the original, something that is nurtured in the ‘Taking Things Further’ section of every Real Read. For others, who might never have tackled the originals, Real Reads make accessible great stories, great characters and important moral debates which they might otherwise never have encountered.


To take a look at the other classic novels published by Real Reads click here.


Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers.  To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.



The Time Machine Synopsis


Hundreds of thousands of years in the future, the beautiful Eloi people live in a Garden of Eden.  But why are the Eloi so fearful of the dark?  What horrors lurk beneath the surface of their world?

What will the time traveller learn about the future?  Will he survive the evil he encounters?  Even if he can find his stolen machine, will it return him safely home?

What does his future hold?  What is the future of the human race?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781906230135
Publication date: 1st December 2008
Author: H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
Publisher: Real Reads
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Classic Fiction

About H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology. ...

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