Time travelling has always been one of
the most favourite topics of young readers for years. The Time
Machine, A Christmas Carol and Doctor Who just to name a few.
Return ticket is no exception and one of the most suitable time
travel novels for adolescent readers today. Features including
the themes, characters and morals make it popular with young
audiences. It provides an insight into Australian History
combining both characters and dialogue from this world today, and
the amazing yet different time of the late 1800's.
Return Ticket entertains readers with
engaging and comical characters, who appeal to a vast range of
audiences. This is expressed through the dialogue, the
personalities of the individuals and their actions. This is
important to younger audiences as they find interest in these
aspects, opposed to depth of the novel. To this age of readers,
characters supply just as much meaning as the plot or themes of
the story. Each character supplies a fascinating side to every
issue, creating a fruitful, interesting yet evocative novel. The
three main characters are relative to individuals from this time,
and develop as the story matures. Zak, an immature yet determined
character is very similar to boys nowadays and is a particular
strength of the novel. He grows with the story and is
surprisingly skillful, conquering hikes, dark mines and the
struggles of 1899. He creates hilarious dialogue with his common
aggravation and often lets a word slip. 'Shit! said Zak, 'Farr
out' Zak quipped, 'About bloody time!' Zak shouted.'
Warren Flynn exhibits strong and
diverse themes, which are of great significance to the story.
These ideas cater to a variety of tastes, and make the novel
enjoyed by many. It is fictional but historic, as well as being
adventurous and romantic. The students make their way back in
time to a world they could only but read in history books.
Lifestyle and information of the 1800's are displayed throughout
the novel, as well as incorporating humorous but educational
situations. They discover unknown things, venture on journeys and
romance is sparked. Innocent Sam from 2000 and beautiful Beth
from 1899 seem to have an evident and blooming relationship on
the way. From these themes lessons are portrayed, which are of
importance to the targeted audience. Zak, Sam and Shannon learn
how differently people lived and the growing world around them.
It teaches readers that life was very different then, and much
tougher than it is now. The majority of these readers are
adolescent, and most likely take all the modern things we have
for granted. Return Ticket's main and strongest moral is to
appreciate the simplicity of our daily lives. These issues are
mature but simple, and are one of the most valuable features of
The language used in Return Ticket is simple, entertaining and
intelligent. It displays an interesting writing style, quite
suited to the book. It is understandable, uncomplicated and
compelling which always benefits a story no matter the novel.
Many chapters are simply diary entries from Beth, providing a
different but descriptive and olden style of language.' I
confess for a small moment I felt quite naïve and vulnerable. If
their intentions were other than honest, I had exposed my
defenceless siblings and myself in a most foolish manner.'
This tongue and method is considerably different to the more
modern approach, providing both detailed and straightforward
text. The more present language is often humorous and
continuously mentions products and objects from this time. Both
these methods can be stated as effective, however in some cases
it is viewed that it could have been written better.
In conclusion, Return Ticket is fitting for adolescent readers
through its portrayal of characters, various themes and simple
yet meaningful morals. It is capturing and entertaining, will not
lose a reader's interest and just the right amount of difficulty
for young audiences. Return Ticket depicts one of the most
important messages that teens are constantly reminded of, and
presents the history of Victoria making, it both amusing and an
educational novel, a great novel for young adult readers.