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Thursday, 27 January 2011

A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler

If you could see into the future - would you look? Jenni Green doesn't have a choice. On her way to visit her best friend, Autumn, Jenni suddenly finds she's been transported exactly one year forward in time. Now she discovers that in the year that's gone by, tragedy has struck and her friendship with Autumn will never be the same again. But what caused the tragedy? How did Jenni skip a year? And can she find her way back to the past to try to change what lies ahead? With humour - and her customary light touch - the author of the EMILY WINDSNAP books plays a fascinating game with time, and explores the changes that take place in friendships and families in the aftermath of a disaster.
I really enjoyed this book, something a little bit different for children to read. Jenni and Autumn are with their families at their annual holiday park. The girls are inseparable and do everything possible together, however, the trip to the local stables for an afternoon of hacking leads to an accident, the events of which lead up to and follow it mean life will never be the same again.
The book is a great read for girls, I would recommend about 9 years. The story talks about friendships and also the long term effects that can follow tradegy. The story does touch on 'time travel' but not in a doctor who sort of way.
I really like Liz Kessler's style of writing, easy to read but is descriptive and well written. I recommend this book to anyone buying for a confident reader aged 9 years +.
Thank you to Michael from The School Run Forum for sending me this book to review.

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