Got about half an hour of research done before the household woke up and disturbed me. Have found a couple of dramatic incidences that I can use which narrows down the time to a specific year. Is it ok to kill a very minor character off in a kid's book?
*sigh* Now back to the 21st century with a thud.
Just had an idea in the shower that adds more depth to the novel. It gives Jamie a reason for behaving like such a spoilt brat in the first place.