As you all know we are motorsport fans here, with a love of old cars. So when we were approached by Porter Press International recently regarding a new children’s book which features a Jaguar XK120 as the main character in the The XK Files: 120, I knew we needed to read it.
Published in May this year, The XK Files: 120 is written by Jennifer Barker and is a paperback chapter book aimed at children in Key Stage 2.
We meet nine-year-old Bill, who is on holiday in Cornwall with his family. When looking around the holiday cottage and grounds he finds an old car which is all covered over in the garage. This isn’t just any car, this is a Jaguar XK120 and it talks! The car, nicknamed XK by Bill, has been left abandoned for years.
Bill can’t wait to show his discovery to his Grandpa and little does he know, that when he does, they will go on all sorts of adventures. XK can take them back in time.
My eight-year-old son loves the idea of time travelling vehicles, so I knew he’d be captivated with The XK Files: 120 book. The old Jaguar takes Bill and his Grandpa back to his grandpa’s childhood, in 1949 post-war London. Grandpa is rather bemused to discover that the car is driving itself, and that when they are in the past they and the car are invisible to others. He sees the house he used to live in, as well as himself as a child with his parents. When XK is running low on petrol, he has to take them back to the present day.
They visit London again in 1952 when the city was struggling with smog, and they get to look in the window of Grandpa’s childhood home to see him as a child playing with his toys, and to see his sister, Charlotte too. The experience shows Bill just how different things were for his Grandpa growing up.
On another visit they arrive to see everyone arriving at Grandpa’s old house to watch the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the family’s television set.. They come across the younger version of Grandpa and his sister Charlotte and soon discover that they can actually see them. Before long they are all involved in a tale of espionage as they overhear a mysterious conversation between three men close to the community street party.
Reading The XK Files: 120 we follow XK, Grandpa and Bill as they track two of the men to a building that’s very familiar to XK. What is the car’s link to the building and what are three men plotting?
I don’t want to ruin the rest of the plot for you, but The XK Files: 120 is a great read and my son and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it together. More confident readers would have no issue with reading this book independently. Readers will enjoy the adventure and also the historical references throughout this chapter book. This is the first in a series of books and we are now eagerly awaiting The XK Files: 140.
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disclosure: we received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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