Friday, September 30, 2011

A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler

A Year Without Autumn
     Imagine going up in an old cranky elevator to visit your best friend in a condo you know she lives in for one week every summer while your families are on vacation.  Only when you knock on the door it is opened by a lady you've never seen.  Turns out a year has gone by and Jenni, our elevator rider doesn't remember a thing about it.  She learns that her best friend, Autumn, is in a different condo and that Autumn's family has suffered a tragedy and that her own family is a mess. And that is just the beginning.

     What starts off as a simple contemporary story twists into a time travel work of science fiction.  Written so well we believe that the world has moved on without Jenni and she is left to play catch up.  Three times!  Jenni is up to the challenge of putting puzzle pieces together and because of her love and loyalty to her family and Autumn's she works hard to try to make things right.  While the chapters are a little long for young readers they are cliff hangers that will keep readers turning the pages.  Fans of When You Reach Me and A Wrinkle in Time will enjoy A Year Without Autumn and  girls in grades 4-8 who enjoy stories about friendship, mysteries and light sci-fi.  Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Candlewick Press via Netgalley.

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