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Both Sides of Time Turtleback – February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Turtleback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Demco Media; Reprint edition (February 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606111581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606111584
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,235,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Though narrated in the stylized, spine-tingling voice that has become a Cooney trademark, this tale of time travel and romance lacks the momentum of the author's best work (The Face on the Milk Carton; Driver's Ed). While her decidedly unromantic boyfriend tinkers with a car engine, Annie wanders through the soon-to-be-demolished Stratton mansion, longing for a more gracious way of life. Suddenly she "falls through" 100 years-landing in 1895 just in time to witness (albeit hazily) a murder. The first person Annie meets is Hiram "Strat" Stratton, slated to inherit both the mansion and the family fortune if he marries his plain but sweet and devoted cousin Harriett. Annie and Strat fall head over heels in love, thus reproducing in the 19th century a triangle loosely similar to the situation created by Annie's father, who, unbeknownst to Annie's mother, is conducting an affair with a co-worker. Along with the murder, the various affairs of the heart provide fodder for almost requisite musings on the position of women then and now. Constrained by the novel's black-and-white approach, the truly intriguing social issues raised here never acquire real urgency. Ages 12-up.
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Gr. 6^-10. Disturbed by her parents' marital discord and completely taken for granted by Sean, her mechanically inclined boyfriend, Annie Lockwood is ripe for romance. And where better to find it than in the past--a past epitomized by the once elegant mansion about to be razed in her hometown. At the mansion during a storm, Annie finds herself falling 100 years back in time to a point, where she encounters the romantic idyll she has yearned for and where she alters the lives of several people when she and Hiram Stratton Jr. fall in love. But she realizes that the 1890s are not her time and makes the transition back to the present, only to realize that she has to return to prevent a miscarriage of justice because a ladies' maid has been wrongfully accused of murder. Life among the wealthy in the 1890s is nicely rendered, as are Annie's bittersweet experiences. However, after the first time, Annie's time shifting loses credibility, and her ready acceptance by the Strattons is forced. But romantics will be caught up by the story and will catch their breath at the cliff-hanger of an ending, when Annie, trying to return to her own time, falls even further back in time and "opened her eyes to see when, and what, came next." Sally Estes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When I got the book, I started reading and could NOT put it down!
Trekkintheplains
Caroline B. Cooney keeps the 1800s love and romance alive in this great book.
Laura
This book, written by Cooney is one of the best I have ever read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trekkintheplains on July 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've always been fascinated by the concept of time travel. I like to write and my stories end up in this theme time and time again. I was in 8th grade when I saw this book in a school catalog and read its description. When I got the book, I started reading and could NOT put it down! Even 6 years later it still holds my admiration. It's one of my very favorite books still out of the many I have read, and I read every night. A 300 page book takes me 3-4 days!
Annie is a high school girl with a handsome but unfortunately unromantic, car-obsessed boyfriend. He lives at the soon to be demolished, now apartmented, Stratton Mansion. Annie dreams of the days when the mansion was at its peak and of the romance that must have occurred there. Suddenly she finds herself flung 100 years into the past in a real-life true romance, the rival of rich but plain, love-stricken Harriet who pines for the same man as Annie. What Annie didn't bargain for was a murder mystery and a plot against the entire Stratton family by several wicked characters, working together and separately for their own selfish goals and twisted motives. It's a race against time to save herself, her true love and those around him.
I recommend Both Sides of Time, and its companion Out of Time to anyone with a heart for romance and a desire to live in times long past. The characters will surprise you and will make you think twice about human nature, you might even find pity for those you hate and unexpected sympathy. Your heart will be in your throat to the very end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 7th Grade Student on March 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Have you ever thought of going back in time? Well in this book, Both Sides Of Time, a girl named Annie Lockwood does. She travels back to 1895. There she falls in love with a handsome, nice, polite, and wealthy gentleman named Strat. Strat loves her too but their love hurts many people around them. I loved this book. I could realate to the characters and I could picture each scene in my mind very vividly. It was a murder mystery, love story, a time fantasy, and it displayed relationships in two centuries. In fact, I liked this book so much that I bought both of the other books in the series! This book was mysterious and intriguing. I really liked that. I admit that the first couple of pages threw me off. I didn't get what was going on and I was worried that the whole book would be like that. But I did catch the drift about what was going on after a few pages. After that I couldn't put the book down. At the end I was just left hanging. I wanted more of the book. So I was glad when I went to the store and saw the other books. If you like love stories and mysteries you will like this book. I know I did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on July 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was really looking forward to this book--I'm a huge fan of time-traveler books (Jude Devereaux's "A Knight in Shining Armor", among others) and after hearing a friend dote on this series I couldn't wait to try it out.

I made it a little over halfway through before I just couldn't stomach another word. Not only are the characters shallow and barely constructed, but their thoughts sound like the words of a four-year-old enamored with her favorite TV show. The story itself--the setting, the research, the plot--have the potential to produce a five-star product, but Cooney seriously fails somewhere between her thoughts and the act of writing them down.

If you love Harlequin books, shallow romances, and fuddy-duddy teen novels, definitely give this one a go. If you prefer substance, keep moving! (:

--By the way, this is one of my first ever negative book reviews. That, in itself, should be saying something. I feel oddly dirty now. ):
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 1999
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I found this book to be very entertaining. The plot was creative and somewhat logistic, but I found the best part of the book in the characters themselves. I enjoyed seeing how people would react to situations in the book, especially Annie and Strat the two main characters. I would recommend this book for anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 2001
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Both Sides of Time Caroline B. Cooney
Annie Lockwood is a hopeless romantic in a year (1995) where romance doesn't mean much. She always thought that she'd find true love if she lived in the 1800's, and not the 1900's. As Annie goes into an old mansion to see her non- romantic boyfriend,Sean, she gets a strange falling sensation. Thinking that it was just drowsiness from the sun, she wakes up to find her self in a fully furnished mansion, and a loud banging noise in the background. To her surprise and delight, she she was falling back in time, to the 1850's being charmed by a young Strat, the son of the owner of the mansion, along with other lively and mysterious characters. But,the tide turns when Annie, or Anna Sophia as she is called, is thought to be a murderer and must chose between her family and Strat. This was an exciting and unpredictable book. You'll start reading it for it's charm and story, and you'll finish it for the lingering mystery unraveled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 30, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
The novel BOTH SIDES OF TIME is a story about a girl with mixed feelings about love. Annie Lockwood thinks she is in love with her boyfriend Sean. When she discovers that she got sent back in time to the year 1895 instead of being in the year 1995 she finds that she loves someone else besides her boyfriend from the 1990's. It all starts when she was exploring an old house and when she steps into the ballroom, her, her clothes, the people, and the house she was in had all changed. It turns out some sort of time warp has moved her back in time 100 years, but she was still in the same house. In the next few days she becomes frineds with the family that lives there, and soon realizes that she was in love with the 17 year old son Strat. She spends a lot of time him and she doesnt want to go home. She knew this would change the future so she had to return home. When she got back to 1995 she was still very upset. She knew she could not live without Strat, so she went back to 1895. When she got there she noticed that another woman was in love with him and they were the ones that were meant to be. Though Strat and Annie were still deeply in love they seperated for life, and Annie went home. This is a wonderful book filled with excitment and romance. I recomend this book to everyone and I think you are really missing out if you do not read it.
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