I received this book for free from publisher request pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Chronicle Books on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Friendship, Historical, Love & Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: publisher request pitch
In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place?
Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.
“Rewarding and uplifting.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Will delight those who revel in the vast mysteries of time and coincidence.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“Shines in its portrayal of friendship.” —School Library Journal
“The bond between Lottie and Kitty-proves to be both tender and unstoppable.” —Booklist
"An imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship."— Middle Shelf Magazine
Charlotte Bromley’s scientist father has been working on creating a theory that time traveling can exist. So when he doesn’t come home one day, and her and her very best friend Kitty gets kidnapped by the Nazis, she has to make the very hard decision to stay or leave. This one decision changes her life, and with it, her ideal place called home.
Charlotte is still very young, and it was quite disturbing to see how the “mean girl” route between tweens emerged. I couldn’t even imagine having this type of friend back when I was in school, but lo-and-behold, I’m sure it was always around and I was lucky enough to stay away from it. Girls are mean, and Charlotte gets in with the popular crowd. I’m glad that she ends up realizing the truth though.
One thing I loved about this was that it felt like an adventure. One where our main character gets to figure out how to fend for herself even if she is still a child. I was remarkably pleased that she had the determination to find her best friend. And sure she had a minor set-back, but her friend Jake helped her when she needed it the most. I loved how quick the story went. Maybe it went too quickly because before I knew it, I was finished. I loved reading the ending, and it made me tear up a bit. SO sweet.
I love books about friendship, and this one is definitely one to read! Leila Sales sure knows how to tug at your heart-strings!
If you pretend to be someone for long enough, then it doesn’t even feel like pretending anymore. (296)[/su_quote]
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