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Day of Deliverance Day Seven of the Johnny O'Brien blog tour

The second Jack Christie adventure finds our schoolboy hero travelling back in time to foil the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I. Meeting famous figures such as Marlowe and Shakespeare along the way, Jack and Angus must thwart the Revisionists and protect Queen Elizabeth’s throne.

You may be asking yourself who is this Jack Christie? He is the son of a professor who was part of a team that created the Taurus time machine. He gets involved in fighting against a shadowy cabal known as the Revisionists who want to change the present by altering history.

In his first adventure Day of the Assassins, the year is 1914. The place: Sarajevo.

The mission: assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Should they intervene? And, more importantly, will they survive?

By picking up the second book in the series the last question is answered but if Day of Deliverance is your first taste of the Jack Christie Adventures I would recommend reading Day of the Assassins first!

Who are:

The Revisionists? A group of scientists and their followers, who, using sophisticated computer simulations to model interventions in the past want to use their technology to change the past to improve the present.

VIGIL? Former colleagues of the Revisionists who believe that changing the past would be dangerous and work to make sure that the Taurus is kept secret and that no one is permitted to meddle with history.

About the Author
Johnny O’Brien was inspired to write the novel after seeing some of his grandad’s war medals in an old cupboard. “A few years ago my dad showed me some medals that his dad (my grandfather) had received during the First World War. He explained that my grandfather had been injured in the war and had later lost part of his leg. Apparently, my grandfather was reluctant to speak about how he got the injuries or how he won the medals. I don’t really know why. But I know what he did was brave – because I have a citation at home signed by the ‘Minister of War’ – Winston Churchill. Anyway, unlike millions of others, my grandfather survived the war and went on to have children and live to a ripe old age – although I never knew him. It got me thinking though. He made important choices in his life – he chose to fight in the war. It seems he chose to do something brave. Later he chose to have a family. If he had made different choices, of course, I might not be here.”

The perils of translating British Books into American English

The excellent Keren David has posted an article on the difficulties Americans have with Britishisms in books. Read the post here:

Sizzling sausages, tossers and trousers – Transatlantic translation

Keren is the author of the brilliant When I was Joe nd the soon to be published Almost True.

Reading groups competition – win a flip cam courtesy of Booktrust

The Booktrust is offering teenage reading groups in libraries a fantastic opportunity to report on this year’s Booktrust Teenage Prize. It would be great if you could pass on this information to any colleagues running teenage reading groups in your libraries.

To enter the competition, reading groups just need to tell us, in 300 words, why their reading group should be ‘reporters’ on this year’s Teenage Prize for Groupthing. The reporting will take place from September to November.

The winning reading group will receive a flip cam which can be used to produce short videos of reviews of the books, debates, and events to tie in with the Prize. They will also receive one set of books and three sets of tickets to attend the awards ceremony in November in London.* The videos will be shown on Groupthing and the Booktrust website.

Please submit your entries to by 5pm on Friday 20 August.

The winning reading group will be announced the week beginning 23 August, and the flip cam and books will be delivered to the reading group in time for the shortlist announcement on 7 September.
There will also be a set of books for the runners-up.

*Please note that travel expenses to the awards ceremony are not included.