A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2)

A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2)

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by Annette Laing
     
 
When you wake up in the year 1851 on a Scottish hillside...or down an English coal mine...or in a field on a Southern plantation, you know you're in for a rough day.
No day has been normal for Hannah and Alex Dias since they moved this summer from San Francisco to the little town of Snipesville. It was bad enough that they and their dorky new friend Brandon Clark

Overview

When you wake up in the year 1851 on a Scottish hillside...or down an English coal mine...or in a field on a Southern plantation, you know you're in for a rough day.
No day has been normal for Hannah and Alex Dias since they moved this summer from San Francisco to the little town of Snipesville. It was bad enough that they and their dorky new friend Brandon Clark became reluctant time-travelers to World War Two England. Now things are about to get worse. Much worse.
From the cotton fields of the slave South, to the poorest slums of Victorian Scotland, to London's glittering Crystal Palace, the kids chase a twenty-first century gadget through the mid-nineteenth century. But finding it is only the beginning of what they must do to save two beloved places from destruction, and heal a wound in time.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2015-07-24
Laing (Look Ahead, Look Back, 2012, etc.) continues the adventures of three time-traveling children in this second installment of the Snipesville Chronicles. Having returned unscathed from WWII-era England, siblings Hannah and Alex and their friend Brandon find themselves accidentally headed back in time again, this time to the 1850s Industrial Revolution in Great Britain and the U.S. As in the previous novel, the three children get separated, though they end up working their ways back to one another over the course of the adventure. Alex in particular, who is alone in the antebellum American South, has difficulty coping with moral quandaries of the time. Also like the first book, the children must solve a mystery with implications for the present, and they once again receive help from quirky Dr. Harrower, who pops up throughout the story to help them and offer clues. There are just enough allusions to the first book to explain the children's predicament, but the sequel isn't quite as engaging as the first one, as the mystery here is harder to figure out and the stakes, difficult to discern. Furthermore, the professor remains a bit undeveloped: she's supposed to be the kids' (and, therefore, the readers') guide to the magic found in the story, but she mostly seems befuddled, without a good sense of why she and the kids keep bouncing around through time. Yet Laing's combination of historical detail and sheer sense of fun carry through and help make the story an enjoyable read. She brings her setting vividly to life and clearly conveys the specific pitfalls of the time period. However, as in the first book, some of the dialogue remains a little trite, especially from Hannah, an irritated teenager who spouts too many lines like "Whatever, TMI." Laing still manages to bring a welcome breath of fresh air to the time-traveling adventure, and she thankfully leaves the door open for more books to continue the story. A mostly engaging, enjoyable sequel.
Lawral Wornek
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 Don't Know Where, Don't Know When, and Hannah, Brandon, and Alex's present day lives.
Charlotte Taylor
Annette Laing is herself a professor of history, and the 1851 she brings to her readers is beautifully researched and meticulously crafted.
Courtney Walters
Laing is clearly not following a formula for this series, as the set-up for the problem is significantly different than in the first book. However, while the plot is refreshingly new, the delivery is just as satisfying.
Cindy Hudson
Readers will delight in the surprising plot twists that connect this story to the one that came before. And they’ll look forward to seeing how the story unfolds in the next book in the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780692001257
Publisher:
Confusion Press
Publication date:
12/10/2009
Series:
Snipesville Chronicles Series, #2
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Annette Laing, a British native, is a professional historian, a former college professor, and the author of The Snipesville Chronicles series. She is also director of Imaginative Journeys. Annette lives in rural Georgia with her husband, son, and demented dog.

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