The Wells Bequest

wellsbequestTITLE:  The Wells Bequest

AUTHOR: Polly Shulman

GENRE:  Young Adult, Science Fiction & Mystery

RATING: 3.5/5

SETTING(S) :  Modern Day, England & 1715, St.Petersburg, Russia

SUBJECT:  Adventure, Time Travel &  Friendship,

MAIN CHARACTERS: Simon, Leo and Jaya


Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. And when a miniature time machine appears in Leo’s bedroom, he has no idea who the tiny, beautiful girl is riding it. But in the few moments before it vanishes, returning to wherever—and whenever—it came from, he recognizes the other tiny rider: himself!

His search for the time machine, the girl, and his fate leads him to the New-York Circulating Material Repository, a magical library that lends out objects instead of books. Hidden away in the Repository basement is the Wells Bequest, a secret collection of powerful objects straight out of classic science fiction novels: robots, rockets, submarines, a shrink ray—and one very famous time machine. And when Leo’s adventure of a lifetime suddenly turns deadly, he must attempt a journey to 1895 to warn real-life scientist Nikola Tesla about a dangerous invention. A race for time is on!

via: Good Reads



I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had enjoyed The Grimm Legacy.  I think kids in middle school age would enjoy this book.  It has time travel and what happens when you try to change the past how effects the future.  There is some character conflict especially between Simon and Leo.

It  seemed kinda like reading the Grimm Legacy because if I remember correctly there was some conflict between two boys as well.  I think older teens and adults will find the book entertaining but I think it is a book that tweens would appreciate more than the teens and adults.  It had a good plot but like I said it was very Grimm Legacy like.  And had all the librarians that were in the first book in this book as well.