Once Was A Time

Once Was A Time

Book - 2016
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In World War II England, ten-year-old Lottie is transported via a portal to present day Wisconsin, where she must find her way back to her family and her best friend, Kitty.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781452140094
145214009X
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 20 cm

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If you’ve ever had a best friend, you know that they are unforgettable and irreplaceable. In 1940s England, ten-year-old Charlotte is separated from her best friend Kitty by – wait for it – a time travel experiment gone awry. Charlotte finds herself in modern day Wisconsin with no idea how to get... Read More »


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violet_jaguar_407
Nov 22, 2017

I kinda wish that Lottie could go back to the 1940s, but overall, it was a great book!!

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chelseasc
Jan 19, 2017

A lovely tribute to female friendship, with a time-travel twist. I enjoyed the way Sales balances the time-travel aspect with what is really a book about female relationships and about friendship more generally - what it means to be a friend, how relationships change, the ways that children hurt each other. Many of the characters are a bit one-note, including the foster parents and the mean girl characters, but Charlotte is wonderfully realistic and richly portrayed, particularly in the way she makes mistakes in her interactions with her peers. Some plot points come across as a bit too easy, but the longing at the heart of the novel, for Charlotte to find her true best friend, Kitty, is achingly real, and readers will be rooting for the impossible to happen. The resolution is remarkably straightforward and refreshingly doesn't involve science fiction at all. Young readers may wish Sales had spent a bit more time on Charlotte's adjustment to an entirely new era, but in the end, the quick pace and focused plot will keep them hooked on the main conflict, finding Kitty. An enjoyable piece of realistic fiction with a sci-fi hook.

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trbateman
Jul 24, 2016

Is time travel possible? What if you can't get back and lose everyone you love? What if you discover that maybe everyone isn't gone? This is a great story of true friendship.

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terrybateman
Jul 24, 2016

Time travel. Friendship. What's not to love?

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violet_jaguar_407
Nov 22, 2017

violet_jaguar_407 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Jan 19, 2017

chelseasc thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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