The Shadow of Atlantis by Wendy Leighton-Porter – Great Summer Reads 2020

A graduate of Exeter University in the early 1980s, I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, before a change of career led me to writing children’s fiction. Currently residing in Abu Dhabi, I live with my husband and our beautiful Tonkinese cat.

The Shadow of Atlantis is the first in a series of time-travel adventures, featuring 3 children and a rather special cat called Max. I’m now working on the 17th book, The Shadow of the Great Fire. The series also includes several novellas that feature Max the talking Tonkinese cat undertaking solo adventures. As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. 

Ten-year-old twins Jemima and Joe Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book belonging to their father holds the answer … and so begins a quest to uncover the truth. 

Together with Max their Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, unaware of the dangers that await them. 

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever? And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

The Shadows from the Past time-travel adventures for Middle Grade readers take place over the course of the school summer holidays. The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in the series and this is where it all begins. As the mystery unfolds, my young heroes embark on a magical journey into the past and a quest to unlock the secrets of an old book that is a gateway into the pages of history. 


‘And we mustn’t forget to take Max with us,’ said Jemima. ‘We’d have ended up stuck in Atlantis without his help, you know.’
Joe nodded. ‘Don’t worry. Wherever we go, Max goes too. He’s one of us now – we’re a team.’
Max, who’d been dozing on the bed, raised his head and gave them all a solemn look as Joe said this. ‘I should think so, too. It was jolly lucky that I was there to keep an eye on you and get you out of trouble. I can’t imagine how much of a mess you would have ended up in otherwise. And now you’re planning on doing it all over again?’ Rolling his eyes, he gave a theatrical sigh. ‘Ah, such a responsibility.’ 

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