Charlotte Sometimes

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It is Charlotte's first night at boarding school. But when she wakes up, the girl in the next bed is not the person who was sleeping there the evening before. And the new building outside her window seems to have metamorphosed into a huge, dark cedar tree! Somehow, Charlotte has slipped back forty years.

Charlotte finds it hard to sleep her first night at boarding school. When she wakes to see a large tree looming outside her window, she wonders if she's still ...

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Overview

It is Charlotte's first night at boarding school. But when she wakes up, the girl in the next bed is not the person who was sleeping there the evening before. And the new building outside her window seems to have metamorphosed into a huge, dark cedar tree! Somehow, Charlotte has slipped back forty years.

Charlotte finds it hard to sleep her first night at boarding school. When she wakes to see a large tree looming outside her window, she wonders if she's still dreaming. Surely the tree wasn't there before. And surely this room contained more modern furnishings before she went to bed. . . . "An intriguing fantasy."--The Horn Book.

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On her first morning at boarding school, a girl wakes up to strange new surroundings in this haunting fantasy. Ages 10-14. Mar.
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"An intriguing fantasy."—The Horn Book

"...a book of quite exceptional distinction...the author has built a haunting, convincing story which comes close to being a masterpiece of its kind...not easily forgotten."—Christian Science Monitor

A "haunting fantisy." —Publishers Weekly

"Farmer writes with style. She is vivid in her depiction of place: on almost every page, scattered with colorful figures of speech, we are drawn into the school and the surroundings of the school through sights and sounds and smells and textures...above all we are moved by the depth and poignancy of the relationship between Charlotte and Emily."—Eleanor Cameron

"This year's most haunting fantasy."—The Sunday Times

"Farmer is always gifted in her grasp of possibilities that bring us up short with surprise and delight and satisfaction."—Eleanor Cameron

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440412618
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1992
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Penelope Farmer published her first book of short stories for children, The China People, in 1960. The Summer Birds, the first of several books in which Farmer writes about Charlotte or her sister Emma, was published in 1963 and received a Carnegie Medal commendation. In addition to writing novels for adults and children, Farmer has edited several literature anthologies. She lives in London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2002

    This Cool Book

    this book will incourage the poor kids of Afganhastan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    A most endearing story.....

    This was a most wonderful book to have read. After reading it (as an adult w/o children) I have fallen in love with this little tale, also so spun off by 80's band The Cure in their song of the same title. A most endearing story, which I recommend to anyone with kids, or anyone who was touched by the band.

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