There’s a brilliant new time-travel adventure out now! The Astonishing Future of Alex Nobody by Kate Gilby-Smith has been published today by Hachette / Orion Children’s Books.

Time will stand still as you get lost in Kate’s fresh and fun story of schoolgirl Alex, who embarks on the (literal) journey of her life after the disappearance of her friend:

Have you ever thought what it might be like if you were famous in the future?

A brilliant middle-grade adventure for fans of Ross Welford – a story about friendship, courage and embracing our talents even when they make us stand out.

On the day Alex was born, crowds surrounded the hospital. On her first day of school, people spied from the gates. And recently, strangers came to watch her perform in her school play… as the llama.

But why? Alex has always been a nobody.

Then a mysterious boy named Jasper starts at school and he alone seems to know the answer. But before he can tell Alex, he disappears… into the year 2100. Can Alex brave traveling into the future to discover what’s happened to him and to unravel the secret of her own astonishing destiny… before time runs out?

The book has been called a “delight” by award-winning author Anthony McGowan, and the praise from Kate’s peers hasn’t stopped there:

“A joyous, inventive and original rollicking adventure” Liz Hyder, author of Bearmouth

“A wonderful time-travelling adventure with more twists and turns than the hands of a clock on a helter-skelter. Alex and Jasper are a fantastic dynamic duo, and the book has genuine friendship and warmth at the heart of a timey-wimey mystery. I loved it” L.D. Lapinksi, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

“A great idea, pulled off with real panache… the whole thing is a delight” Anthony McGowan, author of Lark

Kate Gilby Smith was born on the sunny island of Guernsey. It was while daydreaming during a philosophy of time travel seminar at The University of Edinburgh that she first had the idea for her debut book.

In 2015 she moved to London where she works as a publicist for science, philosophy and history books. Her writing for children is inspired by her love of all three of these topics. When not writing, her favourite things are basketball, swimming in the sea and eating ice cream.

We know readers will have an incredible time between the pages of this fantastic new read – congratulations, Kate!