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A Year Without Autumn Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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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
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an exciting Science Fiction book full of suspense and adventure. I could hardly put it down. This would make an excellent movie. Read morePublished 24 days ago by CT Chris
I really liked the ending, how all the problems were solved and Autumn goes back to normal. I would suggest this book to anyone who wishes for a glimpse in the future.Published 1 month ago by Mike Souder
So good... Love this author! A time traveling elevator? I wish this happened to me. I will never forget this book.Published 2 months ago by Mario Del Rio
This book was amazing! My 11 year old daughter loved this book and recompense it to all of her friends! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rob E.
I love this book so much!! Autumn and Jenni are very realistic characters, and overall this is an amazing book!! I love the end, which was happy and sweet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brenda Jette