Daylight Saving

Daylight Saving

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by Edward Hogan
     
 

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Daniel's expectations for his forced vacation with his father at the Leisure World Holiday Complex are low. He hates sports, and his father is mostly lost in drink and depression. But then he sees a strange girl swimming in the fake lake, and everything changes. Lexi has a smart mouth and a killer swim stroke, but dark secrets swirl around her. She's got bruises and… See more details below

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Daniel's expectations for his forced vacation with his father at the Leisure World Holiday Complex are low. He hates sports, and his father is mostly lost in drink and depression. But then he sees a strange girl swimming in the fake lake, and everything changes. Lexi has a smart mouth and a killer swim stroke, but dark secrets swirl around her. She's got bruises and cuts that seem to be getting worse instead of better. She's always alone. And her watch is ticking backwards. When a dark figure begins to stalk Lexi and Daniel, the truth must come out. This gripping ghost story will raise goose bumps and questions: does a traumatic past mean the future is a foregone conclusion?

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Daniel's father dragged him to Leisure World for a little holiday-something to do after Daniel caught his mom cheating. The sports-averse teen would rather be anywhere else, until he meets beautiful, smart, and troubled Lexi. She has injuries that seem to get worse every day, and she won't talk about them. Lexi finally has to tell Daniel what's going on when he gets caught in her same time loop: two years ago, she was dragged into the woods and killed; now she lives each year in reverse until that one daylight-saving hour when the clocks get turned back and she relives her attack. The book succeeds in being creepy and atmospheric, and while several plot elements are easily predicted, Hogan still builds suspense and anticipation. Background characters, such as Daniel's father and their neighbors, are full people with their own issues. There are some gory descriptions of Lexi's wounds and the book has some scare potential, but nothing that average readers can't handle.Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Daylight Savings is when you turn your clocks back an hour, making nights feel longer. For Alexandria "Lexi" Cocker what happened to her during that fateful hour two years ago would last forever, unless.... Enter Daniel Lever, who catches his mother with another man and when his father confronts him he tells him about the affair. So, he blames himself for their separation. Now his father, who is drinking more, and spending the dark of night in tears, tries to rally his emotions and plans a holiday for the two of them to Leisure World, a climate controlled, sports minded camping establishment. Perhaps this time alone will help them grow closer and help them forget what broke their family apart. Daniel has always been a bit of a loner, never fitting in, bullied by his classmates about his weight. To his surprise he has no trouble making a quick friendship with Lexi. She is athletic, a wonderful swimmer and brings out the best in Daniel. There is just one small thing. First, he notices that her wrist watch runs backwards—ticking down the seconds of each hour. Then there is the bruising that has started surfacing on her face, the scrapes on her body that seem to get worse each day instead of better. Daniel figures out Lexi's secret and he sets into motion a plan that he hopes will save her from her past. Now he is getting suspicious cuts and scrapes that appear out of nowhere. Could she be pulling him into her world? Hogan's literary voice draws the reader into this creepy, seemingly perfect holiday camp. He aptly puts the "savings" into Daylight Savings and delivers a hidden world behind the sports and smiles leaving you with the question, "what would you do with an extra hour in the dead of night?" Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Lindsay Grattan
Daniel Lever is not thrilled to be spending his school vacation at Leisure World, Europe's largest sports holiday complex. He is brought there by his father, who has a drinking problem and spends entirely too much time nursing his tomato plants. The vacation is a chance to leave behind the recent discovery that Daniel's mother left their home after she was caught with another man. One day, Daniel meets a girl named Lexi swimming in the lake, and they develop a tentative friendship. Daniel begins noticing strange bruises and cuts on Lexi that seem to get worse each day. When he finds that the time on Lexi's wristwatch ticks backward, he knows there is more to her story than he imagined. Daniel all too quickly learns that Lexi is a ghost and was murdered two years earlier during the extra hour of daylight saving. She is trapped in Leisure World, the site of her death, and forced to relive the murder over and over again. Daniel embarks on a quest to confront Lexi's killer and put an end to her suffering. Hogan writes an intriguing mystery, though it is lacking in character development and the plot could have been taken further. Readers will sympathize with Daniel as the underdog and will root for his plight to save Lexi; however, the chain of events leading up to the conclusion fails to live up to the interesting premise. It is an entertaining story, but mature readers might be disappointed. Reviewer: Lindsay Grattan
Kirkus Reviews
A teen spends a harrowing week at an English holiday sports complex, where he befriends the ghost of a young woman doomed to repeat the last brutal hours of her life. Since Daniel's mother moved out, his father's been drinking and depressed. Daniel feels responsible for the breakup because his father forced him to admit he accidentally saw his mother kissing another man. Daniel's overweight, classmates bully him, and he hates sports, so when his father takes him to a sports center for a week, he expects the worst. While his father resorts to alcohol, Daniel meets a mysterious girl swimming in the lake. Wearing a watch that ticks backward, Lexi's covered with cuts and bruises, invisible to everyone but Daniel and definitely peculiar. He discovers she's a ghost, murdered during the hour the clocks turned back to end daylight saving time two years before. On the anniversary of her death, she relives the terrible ordeal. Determined to break the cycle and release Lexi's ghost, Daniel finds the courage "to touch someone and then let them go" as the fatal hour approaches. Lexi's appropriately quirky and enigmatic, while Daniel's a vulnerable, likable (but unlikely) hero, whose confidence grows through his sympathetic, quasi-romantic encounter; his first-person narration adds immediacy and resonance. An intriguing ghost story. (Ghost story. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763661953
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
476,935
File size:
1 MB

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