All I've got to go on is two of the protagonists who were twins and there was some sort of time machine in a shed? At the bottom of the garden? And an older relative was involved, maybe an Uncle?

I think I read this in the late 80s.

I know it's not much but does anyone know what this could be?

  • Hello and welcome to SFF! Could you take a look at this guide and edit in any extra details you may remember? As it is your question is on the verge of being closed as too broad because of a lack of information. – TheLethalCarrot Apr 12 '18 at 13:20
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    I would swear we've had this one before, but I can't seem to find it. – FuzzyBoots Apr 12 '18 at 13:25
  • Were the twins boys, girls, or one of each? What did the (time) machine do/where or when did it send people? – Kitkat Apr 12 '18 at 13:27
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    Note that unaccepted answer below was provided by OP. – Otis Dec 19 '18 at 1:18

I had a scan of the related questions and one of them refers to 'a book where a teen places a clock in a 'time portal' in his relatives' shed. The answer was 'Singularity' by William Sleator. I'm 99% sure this was it. It was a long time ago! I'm going to seek out a copy and read it anyway.

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    Thanks for letting us know that you have found your story. When possible can you accept your answer so that others can more easily tell this is correct. – TheLethalCarrot Apr 13 '18 at 14:31
  • I definitely will. Book is ordered and should arrive in the next couple of days. What is the protocol for accepting an answer? Do I just comment, or is there something I click on? Sorry for my ignorance ;-) – Jenninae Apr 14 '18 at 19:22
  • There is a tick next to the voting buttons on the left. Click that and it'll go green indicating that you've accepted it. There is a restriction of 2 days for self answers but I think you'll be fine here. – TheLethalCarrot Apr 16 '18 at 7:56

A dark Traveling by Roger Zelazny also fits most of this.

  • young adults novel
  • sibling protagonists though not sure if twins
  • uncle
  • time machine - kind of. More of a trans dimension machine
  • late 80’s - came out in 1987

Adding here just in case and for posterity


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  • Thank you for the further information and suggestion. I had a look at the synopsis and I think whilst there are similarities it is probably not 'trashy/pulpy' enough. Sounds like good, sophisticated writing. Might give it a read sometime ;-) – Jenninae Apr 14 '18 at 19:24

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