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"Friendship, connection, and understanding are at the heart of this warm, introspective story about the events that shape a person." —Publishers Weekly
"The perfectly paced time-travel conundrum is well balanced within the larger plot, and the entire book is imbued with the same sort of forward-driving adventure as Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me (2009) or Laurel Snyder’s Bigger Than a Bread Box (2011, both Random). A wide variety of readers will find this book wonderfully satisfying and hard to put down." —SLJ
"Snyder infuses her novel with a touch of magical realism (and, of course, time travel), and many readers will wonder what the grown-ups in their lives were like as kids. Filled with historical facts that weave seamlessly with the narrative, this is a heartwarming story about knowing, and truly understanding, your family."—Booklist
Posted September 13, 2014
This book is for fans of The Secret Garden, time travel, and friendship. Annie and her mom go to visit her grandmother before she dies. Molly is an old, cantankerous woman that is bitter about anything and everything. Annie goes to sleep that night and wakes up in 1937, next to a much younger version of her grandmother. Molly is a sickly little girl, locked in a room on the seventh floor of the hotel she calls home. Annie and Molly quickly become fast friends and start having grand adventures together. Soon Annie realizes that she isn't only changing the events of the past, but the entire future as well, and she isn't sure that's a good thing.
Middle grade readers will love this charming book about two girls from different times and the impact they have on each other. Kids that believe in magic and second chances will particularly enjoy this story.
The only negative was the idea that whenever the universe makes a mistake (like allowing a little girl to grow up isolated and bitter), magic will step in and make things right. However, that same theme gives kids something to hope for and appeals to their imaginative side.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.