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Go back in time with a hamster and Ross Welford

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The cover of Time Travelling with a Hamster, by Ross Welford

Our author of the week is Ross Welford!

This week you can listen to the audiobook of Ross Welford's Time Travelling with a Hamster! Every weekday at 3pm we'll be adding a new part to the story for you to enjoy. You can also watch an exclusive video with Ross Welford about his new book When we got Lost in Dreamland, discover his favourite children's books and read a Q&A.

If you enjoy reading this book, your local library service has loads more ebooks to borrow for FREE. Ask your parents to help you join.

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Ross Welford - Author of the week

Ross Welford's recommended reads

Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I know this is a sad book, but it’s wonderful and quite short. It’s set in 1970s rural USA, but its themes of friendship and imagination are timeless.

Worst. Holiday. Ever. by Charlie Higson

This one is brand new and made me laugh from start to finish. Charlie Higson is among the very few writers who can do convincing, original comedy for young readers.

The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Ilon Wikland

Best known for Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren also wrote this magical fantasy tale. Witches, strange lands, fearsome dragons: it’s got the lot!

Q&A with Ross Welford

If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?

Pippi Longstocking is funny, brave, loyal and adventurous: all qualities I wish I had more of. Not only that, but she is super-strong and she has a horse and a pet monkey. What’s not to like?

What is the best thing about reading?

I can’t really do any better than quoting Jojen Reed from George R R Martin’s Game Of Thrones, who says, 'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.'

What is your all-time favourite book?

This keeps changing! But the most regular occupant of the 'My number one book' slot is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.