Stones in Time

By Pam C. Golden

Stones in Time

‘A cleverly plotted ‘time travel’ adventure with a strong cast of young protagonists. Highly recommended!’ The Wishing Shelf



Few understand the unlikely friendship between Jenni, Jonti and his sister Ciara. Sharing a magical secret, they escape to the ancient past, where stone and earth are held sacred. With danger lurking, Jenni must find ways to protect her friends. Who are the sinister strangers and what is the mysterious blue mist?

Third in the Tree Spirits in Time series, Stones in Time imagines the dawn of the Bronze Age, full of intrigue, adventure and magic.


“A wonderful blend of fantasy and fact” Jane Clack author

Adult Reviews

As the pandemic abates and Jenni wrestles with her conflicted feelings about her mum’s new relationship, she is irrevocably drawn to her old friend the Spirit of the Tree and an urge to return to the past. Together with her friends, Jonti and Ciara, Jenni travels back in time where she befriends a clan who welcome them into their iri. But the way of life presents them with a steep learning curve and the children must embark on a testing adventure fraught with danger and mystery. Who is Wysdulia? Why is Ebrar so nasty? What is the significance of the stones? And what has happened to Jenni’s loyal friends from the past? Stone In Time is Pam Golden’s third mystical, magical time slip story which cleverly and sensitively interweaves geological evidence and archaeological research to recreate everyday life in Neolithic Britain. It is a wonderful blend of fantasy and fact. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

Jane Clack

Even today, when I'm forty years old, I still enjoy a good middle grade adventure novel. In many ways, it harks back to the time when I enjoyed Enid Blyton's Secret Seven books; they were a fantastic way of escaping the bullying going on in my school. So I happily settled down with Stones in Time - although, thankfully, this time I wasn't doing it to keep away from the school bully! And, I must say, it's a very enjoyable story. It’s the third book of the set, and follows Jenni who, this time, ends up in Neolithic England at the site of Stonehenge. Jenni, along with two other children, end up exploring an almost unknown time in history where they get to meet the villagers, celebrate Midwinter, and try to solve a mystery or two – who are the pale-faced strangers and what is the significance of the mist? There were a number of elements to this novel which I particularly enjoyed. Firstly, there's a lot of history in here which I think 9 - 12 year olds will find interesting. Secondly, although the historical setting is interesting, the author keeps it where it should be – in the background, cleverly keeping the focus on the plot and the development of her three protagonists. Thirdly, it’s never boring! And that’s SO important when writing for children. So, if you happen to be on the hunt for a cleverly plotted, time travelling adventure for, say, a 11 year old, you can’t go too wrong with Stones in Time. But keep in mind it’s the third book in the Tree Spirits in Time set so, although you could read this as a standalone, why not check out A Tree in Time and Mist in Time first? I suspect they are just as good!

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About the author:

A happy childhood full of love and books led Pam Golden to study teaching. Once she had finished her education, she found her wings and flew. After many adventures around the world, she finally met her husband and they settled down in Yorkshire, where their son was born. Her philosophy is simple; that love, in the broadest meaning of the word, is the answer. She believes that everything in life happens for a reason. “Someone once asked me to think of the worst thing that happened to me in my life. I instantly thought of something and then paused. Actually, I responded, it was the very best thing that happened to me. It triggered a whole series of events that have led me to the point where I am today.” Pam has always had a vivid imagination and started writing her first children’s book when she was nine years old. She never finished it but has finally realised her dream in the completion of this first novel many years later.