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A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Annette Laing
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Book Description

When you wake up in the year 1851 on a Scottish hillside...Or in an English coal mine...Or on a plantation in the Deep South, you know you re in for a bad day.

Nothing for Hannah and Alex Dias has been normal since they moved from San Francisco to the little town of Snipesville, Georgia. Bad enough that they and their dorky new friend Brandon became reluctant time-travellers to World War Two England. Oh, sure, they made it home safely (just) but now things are about to get worse. Much worse.

From the cotton fields of the Slave South to London's glittering Crystal Palace, the kids chase a lost piece of twenty-first century technology in the mid-nineteenth century. But finding it is only the beginning of what they must do to heal Time.

Praise for Annette Laing's Snipesville Chronicles...

Engrossing first novel. We eagerly await future volumes. Georgia Library Quarterly

Brisk storytelling, likeable characters, and a great plot. Charlotte's Library

Don't Know Where, Don't Know When is an enjoyable treat of a novel. Becky Laney, Becky's Book Reviews

I learned more in this extremely entertaining 204-page book than in [my] 900 plus page history book and history class. Book Divas

A fun, educational mystery, this story does a successful job of bringing history within reach. Allison Fraclose, Teens Read Too

This book made me eager to read the rest in this series. Words by Annie

A good mystery keeps the story authentic and engaging.

Part historical fiction, part mystery, part modern teen lit, and part sci-fi, Laing creates a unique storyline that has something for everyone. Lizzy Maupin, Booking It

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About the Author

Annette Laing, a British native, is a historian, author of Don't Know Where, Don't Know When, the first book in The Snipesville Chronicles series, and a developer/presenter of acclaimed kids' history programs. She resigned as a tenured professor at a university in Georgia in 2008 to work full-time writing and creating history for kids. Annette lives with her husband and son in rural Georgia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692001255
  • Publisher: Confusion Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KM0AA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading At The Beach: Reviews August 12, 2010
By Vicki
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In the second book of "The Snipesville Chronicles", Alex, Hannah and Brandon time travel travel agian, but this time the year is 1851, but this time they go to different places.

Alex is still in Georgia, but since it's 1851, that means plantations and slaves. Brandon goes to a coal mine in England and Hannah lands in Scotland, at a cotton factory. All three learn what it was like to be working class in that era.

There are many surprises in this book and the story is so good that you won't want to put it down. As with the first book, "Don't Know Where Don't Know When", emotions overflow while reading about the times and places these kids visit.

I loved the first book, but this book affected me more and I can't wait for book 3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calculating Trouble December 4, 2009
By Selene
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It's VERY good - a worthy successor, for those who liked vol I, but an altogether more ambitious production. This time, the time-frame is more distant - 1851; Hannah, Alex, and Brandon have a storyline each, and the terrain extends from the slave-run plantations of Savannah to the coal pits of the English Black Country and the dark Satanic mills of Dundee. The puzzling Professor is also more obtrusive this time round, arriving just in time with choc chip granola bars for Hannah (reduced to eating congealed gruel under a hedge) and some quick suggestions for Brandon (who has just disgraced himself during a fancy funeral at Kensal Green). As before, Laing revels in the different mind-patterns of the past, and produces some powerful effects from juxtaposing them with the (enlightened? softened?) present: one particularly telling moment shows Hannah, spoiled California Girl turned slavey of the Industrial Revolution, suddenly realizing that there's something she likes about the community to which she now belongs: "there's something neat here, too. I just don't know how to explain". In another memorable scene, gentle Alex, now working as accountant for a slave-owner, finds himself lured into the idea that well-treated slaves don't have such a bad life - and then catches himself out in horror. There's no sentimentalizing the harshness and helplessness of most people's lives; and Laing is uncompromising in making her characters face this. Nevertheless, the book is anything but preachy: it's fast-paced, often very funny, and always true to its child protagonists, revealing the past through their bewildered modern eyes.
A real original of a book, fervently recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and exciting, yet informational, read September 26, 2010
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Laing has done it again! She's managed to cram a whole lot of information into an entertaining story (with a bit of actual danger thrown in this time) and created a dizzying web of characters connected to each other, the characters in the previous book, and Hannah, Brandon, and Alex's present day lives. Some of these connections are pretty obvious (the Gordons that Hannah lives with are the grandparents of Mr. Gordon from the first book and a young girl in Balesworth who is the spitting image of Verity turns out to be her great-grandma), but that certainly didn't detract from their stories. And most of the connections I didn't see coming until the series of big reveals toward the end. I think that's the most amazing thing about these books for me: how some of the details all work out so seamlessly without being so obvious that I figured them out halfway through the book.

Hannah, Brandon, and Alex thought they had things bad in WWII England, but their experiences in the last book are nothing compared to what each of them goes through in 1851. Alone. In 1851, all three of them are considered adults, expected to earn a wage and take care of themselves. They each have to deal with this realization and figure out how to make their own ways and survive before they can even begin to think about how to find each other and get back home. The way that the book shifts between their stories was very clear and easy to follow. And for anyone (like me) for whom the year 1851 doesn't ring a bell, they are doing this all in the midst of preparations for Prince Albert's Great Exhibition and a growing disapproval across England and Scotland of the lingering institution of slavery in America.

Alex, still in Snipesville, comes face to face with slavery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a different day, a different destiny July 1, 2012
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In A Different Day A Different Destiny once again Hannah, Alex and Brandon travel back in time. They have just returned from World War II London, now they are each transported to different destinations in the year 1851.

Hannah arrives in Scotland. She quickly finds work at one of the factories in the area. Hannah has not changed from the last book in that she is still very self-centered and angry and opinionated. Her job doesn't last long in this factory. The hours are long, the work back-breaking and the pay poor. She decides to find work somewhere else. She travels to another part of Scotland and finds the working conditions even worse. She eventually finds her way to the Great Exhibition in London.

Alex finds himself in Georgia. Slavery is a way of life in the South. He meets up with a young slave named Jupiter(Jupe for short). He doesn't know that Jupe is trying to escape to the North. Alex finds work with Mr. Thornhill, a lawyer in Georgia who soon begins to treat Alex as his own son. Alex is confused by conflicting feelings for Mr. Thornhill. Mr. Thornhill seems to be generous to Alex, but then turns into a sharp cruel man when it comes to slavery and his everyday dealings in business. Alex knows that slavery is wrong but has fleeting thoughts that slaves are treated well and that all the stories of beatings are exagerated. He soon finds out otherwise. He and Mr. Thornhill set sail with Jupiter for the Great Exhibition in London.

Brandon finds himself at the bottom of a coal mine in England's Black Country. He is determined that he will never go down into the coal mine again. He soon finds himself working for a man in a funeral parlor. When he is fired from that job he is hired by Lady Chatsfield.
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More About the Author

British-born Annette Laing is author of the The Snipesville Chronicles series (Confusion Press), including LOOK AHEAD, LOOK BACK (2012) A DIFFERENT DAY, A DIFFERENT DESTINY (2010) and award-winning DON'T KNOW WHERE, DON'T KNOW WHEN (2007)

Annette was a history professor for many years, teaching early American history at Georgia Southern University, before turning to writing and presenting full-time. Her "non-boring history for kids" programs have been profiled by the Associated Press (2006), and she visits schools nationwide.

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