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

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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 ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Charlotte Taylor
Annette Laing is herself a professor of history, and the 1851 she brings to her readers is beautifully researched and meticulously crafted.
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.
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.
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.
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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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  • Posted August 12, 2010

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2010

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    Hannah, Alex and George are back in a second time-traveling novel for kids, A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing. Readers first met the three in Don't Know Where, Don't Know When while they traveled from modern-day Snipesville, Georgia, to World War I and World War II England. This time they are headed even further back, to 1851, and all three land in different places.

    Alex stays in Georgia, with its slaves, cotton plantations and Savannah businesses. Brandon ends up in a coal mine in northern England and Hannah finds herself working in a cotton factory in a small Scottish town. This story is grittier and more frightening for the characters than the first. Since they travelled to different places, they can't share their experience and their fears of returning to their normal time with each other.

    They are also finding out about the privations suffered by the lower working class people of the time and the hardships of slaves. Food and extra clothing is scarce, as is time off from backbreaking work. As they each find ways to earn their keep, readers get a glimpse of the social conditions of the time when Western society was shifting from mostly agricultural to mainly industrial work. For the workers, it was a time of exploitation in many ways until they were able to earn more rights through labor laws many years later.

    While Don't Know Where, Don't Know When felt more lighthearted, A Different Day, A Different Destiny has more depth. I felt as though I learned quite a bit about the mid-1800s and what it was like to live then. And I felt the characters, in their second time around with time travel, were more aware of the culture they were temporarily part of. As Hannah, Alex and Brandon travel around and search to find each other as well as figure out what they need to do before they can return home, they learn a lot from being around people with all levels of social standing and they observe expectations people have of members of a certain social class.

    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. I recommend this book and the series to mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 to 12.

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