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A Year Without Autumn Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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The author of Philippa Fisher’s Fairy Godsister (2008) again explores the hazards of wishes that come true. Here, when the close families of sensible, routine-loving Jenni and her exuberantly larger-than-life BFF, Autumn, meet for their annual week’s vacation in a time-share colony, Jenni idly thinks it would be cool to know what’s coming—and after a ride in a strange antique elevator suddenly finds herself a year older. More shockingly, so is everyone else, and she witnesses Autumn and her once-tight family coming apart in the wake of a devastating accident the year before. After further rides reveal even more dismal events two and three years later, including the breakup of her own parents, Jenni finds a way to return to her present and by the narrowest of margins avert the catalyzing mishap. A crowd-pleaser for fans of uncomplicated light fantasy, the novel is enriched by simply drawn characters, an intensely suspenseful climax, and an upbeat ending sweetened by both strong affirmations of friendship and a romantic subplot in the supporting cast. Grades 4-7. --John Peters

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Preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763655953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763655952
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2011
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A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler follows Autumn and Jenny who are headed to the timeshare that their families have vacationed at for years. While on the way to Autumn's house Jenni takes an elevator and finds another woman in Jenni's apartment. She soon learns that the elevator has taken her one year into the future, a future where Jenni and Autumn's life has fallen apart because of a horrible accident. Jenni must deal with everything and figure out how she keeps ending up in the future.

This is a terrific and original book about how one thing can change everything and how loss and tragedy can effect a whole community. A book of family and friendship. I loved both Jenni and Autumn and the interaction between their families. The magic aspect was added perfectly and even slightly believable, making it just a little more than a contemporary novel. I finished the book very quickly and couldn't put it down.

Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book. There is no romance (except a bit of matchmaking with older characters) and the middle school age characters act like normal middle school aged students. I would recommend this book to readers 10-14
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I'm an adult and I really enjoyed reading this story about two girlfriends with this time travel twist. The story and the writing held my interest ~ there's mystery, suspense, drama, depth, and it's a great ride! Nicely done. I appreciated the journey all the way.
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I've been partially interested in checking out the Emily Windsnap series of books, but I looked into other things the author wrote first; figuring just one book would be good to start, to gauge whether a whole series would be worth it. After finishing this story, I can safely say I like Liz Kessler's writing, and can't wait to check out her other works.

Jenni is a shy, quiet, introverted girl who's family owns a time share. Every summer, they go to spend a week at a hotel/campsite, where she gets to see her best friend-energetic and outgoing Autumn. One day, while exploring the hotel, Jenni discovers an old fashioned elevator that, along with taking her up a floor, also takes her a full year into the future. There, she discovers a great tragedy has struck Autumn and her family, and has caused a rift between the two friends. With the help of an elderly lady also caught in the time trap, will Jenni be able to return to her own time and avert a disaster?

Like I said in the title, this reads like an episode of the Twilight Zone, only for a younger audience. Both Jenni and Autumn are amazingly well written; each with their own strengths and flaws, and they sound like actual kids (and not mini adults). While Autumn can be unintentionally bossy and controlling at times, she's none the less a very outspoken and supportive friend, and to see her dramatic change in the future is utterly heartbreaking. (What the tragedy is, I won't spoil here.) And Jenni goes through a massive character arc-beginning as an introvert who just follows the crowd, to learning how to be more confident and speak up for herself-a change that ultimately saves the future for both her and her friends. (Again, I won't spoil how.
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Format: Hardcover
The book 'A Year Without Autumn' is about two 12 year-old best friends, Jenni and Autumn, who meet every year with their families at a vacation spot for one week. While Jenni is there, she stumbles upon a time-traveling elevator that takes her one year into a completely messed-up future, and must try to save the two families' ways of life, and her friendship, from ripping apart.

I think kids would enjoy this book because it is exciting and is entwined with a true friendship.

My favorite part would be in the end of the book when Jenni is on the trail to the solution to setting things right. I think this book is special because of its great story idea.

I think girls ages 9-12 would like this book and find it interesting.

Review by Young Mensan Paige, age 13
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Even with a younger brother and another sibling due within about a month, Jenni Green is accustomed to routine. For their yearly holiday, the family goes to the same condo on the same week (just before school starts in the autumn).

Jenni's best friend is named Autumn, and Autumn and her family go to the same condo units Jenni's family does, and Jenni and Autumn are inseparable. Even though Autumn's family is much more free-and-easy than Jenni's, a few minutes apart seems like too long for these young girls.

Once when Jenni is running late to meet with Autumn, she takes an old elevator in Autumn's condo building. When she leaves the elevator, everything is strange; Autumn is not in that condo anymore, but a less-expensive one. Jenni learns that this is one year later, and a preventable accident had happened to Autumn's brother the year before.

With her newfound knowledge, could Jenni have prevented this accident? If so, how? And can she do so on time? That's the idea behind this novel for ages 9-12: if we had a chance to do over, would we, if we could? How would we do it?

My primary reason for holding at four stars is because this novel is meant to be set in England, and I detect some occasional "translation" from British English to U.S. English, such as "pleading the fifth." With the UK setting, please leave the British English from a British author alone!

Who am I: A college English instructor who also has a library science degree.

How I obtained my copy: Borrowed from a friend.
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