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The author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series spins a gripping tale about a girl who stumbles into the future--and must change its course to save a friendship.

Jenni Green's family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend a week with her bestest friend in the world, Autumn. But twelve-year-old Jenni's world turns upside down when she takes an old elevator to visit Autumn and discovers that everything has changed: not only is her friend in a different condo, but tragedy has struck Autumn's family, Jenni's mother has had her baby, and everyone is a year older. When Jenni realizes that the elevator caused her to skip a whole year, she tries to go back, but soon finds that fixing things won't be as easy as pressing a button. How can she alter the past and keep her family and Autumn's from falling apart? With honesty and insight, Liz Kessler explores how the bonds of family and friendship can endure through time.

Review:

"Every summer 12-year-old Jenni looks forward to her family's vacation at Riverside Village — it means spending the days with her buoyant and optimistic best friend, Autumn, and her family. But this year, a fateful elevator trip somehow transports Jenni one year into the future, and much has changed. It turns out that just hours after Jenni 'left' the previous summer, Autumn's younger brother, Mikey, was thrown from a horse and has been in a coma ever since, his family struggling to keep it together. As Jenni gradually pieces together what happened to her (and gets increasingly dire glimpses of the future through subsequent trips in the elevator), she works to return to the present and possibly avert Mikey's accident. Kessler (the Emily Windsnap series) isn't interested in the mechanics of time travel or even 'why' Jenni's time slip has occurred (as Jenni reflects, 'What matters is the fact that it has'). Rather, it's a vehicle, occasionally heavy-handed but effective, for her story's empowering message: 'Don't just accept the life you're given.... Question everything. Always attempt the impossible.' Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of the New York Times best-selling series about the half-mermaid Emily Windsnap, as well as three novels about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. Liz Kessler lives in Cornwall, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763655952
Author:
Kessler, Liz
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.92 x 5.78 x 1.02 in 0.91 lb
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Every summer 12-year-old Jenni looks forward to her family's vacation at Riverside Village — it means spending the days with her buoyant and optimistic best friend, Autumn, and her family. But this year, a fateful elevator trip somehow transports Jenni one year into the future, and much has changed. It turns out that just hours after Jenni 'left' the previous summer, Autumn's younger brother, Mikey, was thrown from a horse and has been in a coma ever since, his family struggling to keep it together. As Jenni gradually pieces together what happened to her (and gets increasingly dire glimpses of the future through subsequent trips in the elevator), she works to return to the present and possibly avert Mikey's accident. Kessler (the Emily Windsnap series) isn't interested in the mechanics of time travel or even 'why' Jenni's time slip has occurred (as Jenni reflects, 'What matters is the fact that it has'). Rather, it's a vehicle, occasionally heavy-handed but effective, for her story's empowering message: 'Don't just accept the life you're given.... Question everything. Always attempt the impossible.' Ages 9 — 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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