The Door That Led to Where

Sally Gardner

No. of pages 288

1 review
Great for age 12+
AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change - but he could never have imagined by how much. Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth - and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past - 1830, to be precise - where the streets of modern Clerkenwell are replaced with cobbles and carts, and the law can be twisted to suit a villain's means. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They've gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose - and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them? A fast-paced mystery novel by one of the country's finest writers, THE DOOR THAT LED TO WHERE will delight, surprise and mesmerise all those who read it.



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Date: 22/Feb/2016

I quite enjoy timeslip stories so was interested to read this story about a teen boy who finds a portal to 19th century London. It is well plotted and interesting, but I didn't quite buy in to the behaviour of the characters who "blossomed" into lovely young man once they'd escaped to an earlier London. And I found the dialogue really irritating - simply putting "bro" at the end of a sentence does not a council estate vernacular make. This story would translate well into a movie.