For All Time (Both Sides of Time Series #4)

For All Time (Both Sides of Time Series #4)

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by Caroline B. Cooney

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Annie Lockwood is testing Time. She’s traveled through it before, but always at Time’s bidding. Now she is asking Time to take her to the year 1899, when Strat is in Cairo. But Time doesn’t like to be tested. In what feels like a cruel joke, Annie is transported to ancient Egypt, thousands of years before Strat was born — to a world far removed


Annie Lockwood is testing Time. She’s traveled through it before, but always at Time’s bidding. Now she is asking Time to take her to the year 1899, when Strat is in Cairo. But Time doesn’t like to be tested. In what feels like a cruel joke, Annie is transported to ancient Egypt, thousands of years before Strat was born — to a world far removed from the one she knows. Meanwhile, in 1899, Strat is photographing the same pyramids that Annie walks among. But while Strat eagerly awaits Annie’s arrival, another visitor arrives: his father, Hiram Stratton, Sr., has come to Egypt to collect his son.
Powerless, Annie and Strat both look to Time. Can its force, which brought them together once, help them find each other again?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The time-travel series that began with Both Sides of Time adds another breathlessly romantic whirl through the centuries. Experienced time-traveler and 20th-century high-schooler Annie ventures into New York City to see an exhibit of Egyptian art in which she hopes to find a photograph of Strat, her lost 19th-century love. With any luck, seeing Strat's image will magically jolt Annie back through time. The jolting works a bit too well: instead of stopping in Strat's era, Annie journeys all the way to ancient Egypt, where she is taken in (? la Moses in the bulrushes) by the pious yet independent-minded Renifer. Meanwhile, back in the 19th century, feisty Camilla Mateusz disguises herself as a young man and goes to work for a private detective. Assigned to hunt down Strat on behalf of his evil father, Camilla ends up in Egypt, at the dig where Strat works as a photographer. Narrated in the author's characteristically breezily, intimate style, a series of swoopy, swoony plot twists links the various characters and time periods. Although the flap copy indicates that this installation will conclude the series, its end (featuring Annie's nascent relationship with Strat's great-grandnephew) certainly doesn't rule out a sequel. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) FYI: The covers of the previous books in the series Both Sides of Time; Out of Time and Prisoner of Time sport a new design that connects all four. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Annie Lockwood's parents have remarried and are off honeymooning, leaving her unsupervised for four days. Now she can attempt to travel back one hundred years through Time to find her beloved Strat. While in the Museum of Modern Art viewing an Egyptian exhibit featuring the famed 1899 Lightner Expedition—where Strat was a member—she meets Lockwood Stratton, great-grandson of Strat's sister, Devonny. Suddenly, Time cruelly plummets her back thousands of years to ancient Egypt and the days of the pyramids. Here the exquisite Renifer, daughter of privilege, rescues her. Together Renifer's tomb-robbing father and conniving fiancé, Panku, bury them alive in a tomb to cover up their despicable crimes. Meanwhile, in 1899 at the Lightner dig, tall and statuesque Camilla, masquerading as reporter, searches for Strat on behalf of the unscrupulous Hiram Stratton Sr. and in the process, finds love with the virtuous Dr. Archibald Lightner. When Strat accidentally discovers the ancient tomb housing the remains of Annie and Renifer, Time transports him back to save them from their hideous fate. In the end, Annie leaves Strat behind, returns to 1999, and begins a budding romance with Lockwood. Cooney once said that she loved a good romance and to the reader's delight, she has written another one. Enough background information is given, making prereading this series' Both Sides of Time (Delacorte, 1995/VOYA August 1995), Out of Time (1996/VOYA April 1996), and Prisoner of Time (1998/VOYA June 1998) unnecessary to enjoy this concluding time-travel romance. It is all there—long-suffering love, personal sacrifice, treachery, integrity, and damsels swooning in this novel recommended forgentle hearts believing love conquers all and happily ever after. VOYA CODES:4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses;Broad general YA appeal;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Delacorte, 263p, $12.95. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer:Cheryl Karp Ward—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
In this fourth volume in a time travel/romance series (following Both Sides of Time, Out of Time, and Prisoner of Time), Annie Lockwood wants to travel back in time from 1999 to find her boyfriend Strat, who is in Cairo in the year 1899. She goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where there is a photograph she thinks Strat took. She gets flung back in time but ends up in Ancient Egypt instead, thousand of years earlier. There she meets Renifer, an Egyptian girl, and her evil suitor Pankh, and becomes part of Renifer's family. In Strat's time, he is part of Dr. Lightner's expedition and is joined by Camilla, a young Polish girl masquerading as a reporter in order to spy for Strat's father. Strat and Annie end up in Ancient Egypt and then are pulled apart again by time. Fans will be looking forward to the continuing saga of Annie and Strat and their romance. KLIATT Codes: JS; Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2001, Random House, Dell Laurel-Leaf, 261p.,
— Barbara McKee
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Annie and Strat are in love. The only problem is that he lives in 1899, while she lives in 2001. After her parents leave on their second honeymoon, she rushes to the Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It contains photos of an archaeological expedition of which Strat was a part, and she is sure that they will help her to reconnect with him. The plot zigzags as Time takes her back to where he is located in Egypt, only about 4000 years before he will arrive. She is taken in and treated kindly by a wealthy Egyptian girl. Unfortunately, Renifer soon discovers that her father and fianc are both tomb robbers and will gladly exchange the girls' lives for gold. Strat arrives in time to rescue them after they've been lowered into a tomb as Pharaoh's human sacrifices. He and Annie go back to 1899 to face his evil father. As soon as Strat is safe, Annie is whisked back to the 20th century, with barely enough time to say good-bye. Ancient Egypt comes to life in Cooney's skillful hands, as she seamlessly spins her tale of love and betrayal along the Nile of 2500 B.C., in archaeological digs of A.D. 1899, and at the museum of A.D. 2001. Though the chapters jump back and forth among different characters, each one is fleshed out and woven together through time to form an intriguing story. The moderate start soon picks up speed and doesn't slow down until the ending. This is a fast-paced stand-alone conclusion to the series that began with Both Sides of Time (Laurel-Leaf, 1997).-Kim Harris, Newman Riga Library, Churchville, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Annie: 1999

When her parents finally got married again and left for their honeymoon, nobody was happier than Annie Lockwood.

She now had four days--precisely ninety-six hours--in which she would be unsupervised. Annie had convinced her parents that while they were gone, she would be responsible, trustworthy and dependable.

None of this was true. Every single promise to her mother and father she had no intention of keeping.

She was alone at last. The wedding guests were gone and her parents en route to Florida. Her brother was on a bus with his team, headed to basketball camp. The house was utterly quiet. Annie stood in the center of her bedroom, unaware of the clutter around her, and gathered her courage.

Opening her top desk drawer, Annie removed a small envelope and shook it until a scrap of newspaper fell out. It landed between a mug of pencils and a stack of CDs.

Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids September 16, 1999--January 9, 2000 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, New York

Annie despised museums. Whenever there was a class trip to a museum, she tried to be sick and stay home for the day. If this failed, she slouched in the teacher's wake, wishing she could get pushed around in a wheelchair, because nothing was more tiring than standing in front of a painting.

But today was different. In a few hours, Annie would be standing in front of a photograph which had merited one brief mention in the newspaper article about the special exhibition. Taken one hundred years ago, this portrait showed every member of the original archaeology expedition.

And would the person she cared about most, the person she had known one hundred years ago, be in that photograph? How vividly Annie remembered Strat's moppy hair and broad shoulders, his casual grin and easy slouch. Every time she touched the newsprint, she felt Strat through the ink.

Strat was in Egypt, waiting for her.

She could feel him. She would cross Time and be with him again.

Four days lay ahead of her. Surely Time understood the urgency and would bring her to Strat.

Annie unzipped her bridesmaid dress. It was a fashion disaster in emergency room green, which indeed made Annie look as if she needed to be hospitalized. Why had Mom's college roommate agreed to put this dress on her body twenty years ago, when she was maid of honor? Why had this roommate saved the dress, so that Annie would have to wear it in public?

But in the end, wearing such a dress was a small sacrifice to celebrate that her mother and father were not getting divorced after all.

Dad's hobby for the last few years had been another woman. Annie and her brother hadn't expected their parents to have another anniversary, let alone another wedding. But not only did Mom and Dad seem truly back together, Mom had talked Dad into getting married a second time for their twentieth anniversary.

When Mom came down the aisle, as lovely as ever in her original white satin wedding gown, even Annie's cynical brother, Tod, was dabbing at tears. Annie chose to believe that Dad repeated his vows--broken once--with every intention of keeping them this time around.

The word time had swirled throughout every conversation of the second wedding day.

My parents loved and lost, thought Annie. Today, they swore to love again. I loved and lost. Today, I, too, will have a second chance.

She let the ghastly dress fall onto the carpet and stepped out of it. Annie was fond of floors, which were the best storage space. She kicked off her dyed-to-match satin shoes, peeled away her stockings and stood barefoot and happy in front of her closet. She had even bought clothing from an adventure catalog to wear for this museum trip.

She put on the long swirling skirt of khaki twill; the full-sleeved silky white blouse; the jacket with bright buttons and many pockets. She tied a scarlet scarf loosely at her throat and pulled on footgear that was half army boot, half sneaker, and fully cool.

In the full-length mirror, with her pale complexion and sleek dark hair falling to her waist, she had a dated look, like a young schoolmarm from another time.

She drew some deep breaths, preparing herself, trying to still her racing heart and hopes. She had never gone into New York City alone. The kick of the city was going with friends. But if Annie was right about this, she would meet the friend she cared about most in the museum. He would be in the photograph, waiting.

She would climb through.

From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the bestselling author of The Face on the Milk Carton.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read these books a year ago and absolutely loved them all. I was slightly disappointed though to see everyone's reaction to the conclusion. I myself was slightly confused at first so I reread the end chapter. Everyone seems to think that she ends up with Strat's descendent, but I thought he was Strat. After all, after meeting Annie he had a dream that took place during Strat's time and he had a camera with him and it showed his death. Then, his watch was filled with sand. I was under the impression this was Time giving Strat back to her. I just thought I should say this before anyone decided it was bad. It wasn't the end I expected but was still phenomenal. I highly recommend this book and all of Caroline B. Cooney's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE all of the books in this series... and this tops them all off. For all you hopeless romantics like myself this is a must read!!!!!!!
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Lizzet Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
It is great book to read, love the plot and everything. ^_^
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This series is one of the best historical...its very accurate and the romance is believable not cheesy. But like the other reviewers, I got kinda angry when I read the ending. I thought it was kinda creepy how she is suppose to start liking a decendent of the guy she was/is in love with. I wish that Cooney would make a book with an alternate ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had gotten into the story, and I loved how Cooney intertwined Ancient Egypt into the plot. But what really riled me up was, in a way, the false advertising. I love the Time Quartet, and I had raced through the other three novels, and I was really excited, because I'm here thinking, Annie and Strat are going to end up together after all. The novel is called For All Time! I thought the end was truly just a let down. The Saturday comment from Annie got me really disappointed in her, and I was a bit confused throughout the book, especially at the ending. For me, at least, an unsatisfactory book that didn't live up to the rest of the books in the quartet. I do recommend this book, but only because it has an interesting plot. Do not expect a great conclusion to the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, the story line was great, but i also believe that Mrs. Cooney, could have made a better ending. After all the struggle Annie and Strat had, she could have let all there struggles end in something other than Vain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved all of Cooney's time quartet books, but as I got to the end of For All Time, I was about to burst into tears because it was not the happy ending I had hoped for throughout all of the books. I would still recommend you to read this book and the other quartet books because the plot(s) was very intriguing, but don't expect too much out of the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the reviewer who said the ending wasn't all that great. It's a let down after all of that excitement and the Saturday comment was ... dissapointing. So ... I would recomend this book but don't expect a great conclusion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read someone elses review and did not like what I read. I have only read the begnning, I said in another review that I did read it and that I loved the ending but I should not have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of the many time travel books I have read, this one blows the others out of the water. Cooney has out done herself and I couldn't be happier with the ending. This is by far my favorite Cooney book, and I am trying to read everything she has written. I would like to say that Cooney is my favorite author and I hope that she continues to write.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an excellent series, but had a slightly disappointing ending. The first two books were outstanding. The third was good, but out of place. "For All Time", however, while being well written, made me a little mad at Annie. After four books, I really wanted her to end up with Strat, and I feel like she betrayed him. I still re-read the first two books regularly, but typically skip the last two. They are slightly depressing. "For All Time" had great adventure and plot development, but I felt really cheated when Annie asked (paraphrasing) "Why think about another century, when you could think about Saturday." It made her feelings for Strat seem shallower than the previous three books alluded to. I highly recommend the series for those who are good at writing imaginary endings in their head.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, but not as great as the first! I liked the first ebst, then this, then the second. The third I skipped. After all, it isn't about Annie and Strat. But this one was wonderful, even though there were only like, 3 chapters (short) about Annie and Strat. It kinda left you hanging. I'm not sure if Lockwood Stratton is the Strat from 1895. Is he? Anyway, i loved this book. I pray that she makes another.