A Year Without Autumn

A Year Without Autumn

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by Liz Kessler
     
 

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The author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series spins a gripping tale about a girl who stumbles into the future—and must change its course to save a friendship.

Jenni Green's family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend

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The author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series spins a gripping tale about a girl who stumbles into the future—and must change its course to save a friendship.

Jenni Green's family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend a week with her bestest friend in the world, Autumn. But twelve-year-old Jenni's world turns upside down when she takes an old elevator to visit Autumn and discovers that everything has changed: not only is her friend in a different condo, but tragedy has struck Autumn's family, Jenni's mother has had her baby, and everyone is a year older. When Jenni realizes that the elevator caused her to skip a whole year, she tries to go back, but soon finds that fixing things won't be as easy as pressing a button. How can she alter the past and keep her family and Autumn's from falling apart? With honesty and insight, Liz Kessler explores how the bonds of family and friendship can endure through time.

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Editorial Reviews

It all changed in the elevator. When Jenni Green stepped into its compartment and pushed the button, her mother was pregnant and her best friend Autumn seemed secure and happy. When she stepped out, everything in her world changed. A year had passed; the baby had been born, and something had happened to Autumn's family. Jenni must confront a question for which nothing in her twelve years has prepared her: How can she alter the past to fix the present? A novel you can't predict and won't forget.

Publishers Weekly
Every summer 12-year-old Jenni looks forward to her family’s vacation at Riverside Village—it means spending the days with her buoyant and optimistic best friend, Autumn, and her family. But this year, a fateful elevator trip somehow transports Jenni one year into the future, and much has changed. It turns out that just hours after Jenni “left” the previous summer, Autumn’s younger brother, Mikey, was thrown from a horse and has been in a coma ever since, his family struggling to keep it together. As Jenni gradually pieces together what happened to her (and gets increasingly dire glimpses of the future through subsequent trips in the elevator), she works to return to the present and possibly avert Mikey’s accident. Kessler (the Emily Windsnap series) isn’t interested in the mechanics of time travel or even “why” Jenni’s time slip has occurred (as Jenni reflects, “What matters is the fact that it has”). Rather, it’s a vehicle, occasionally heavy-handed but effective, for her story’s empowering message: “Don’t just accept the life you’re given.... Question everything. Always attempt the impossible.” Ages 9–12. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
Preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time.
—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Twelve year old Jenni, who does not like surprises, looks forward to a vacation week at a time-share resort with her family and her best friend's family just as they do this time every year. However, an old elevator in her friend Autumn's condo building takes Jenni on an unexpected adventure into her future where she ages by one year for every floor she travels; as she travels everything that she understands in her present changes. Once Jenni comprehends that she is involved with time travel rather than amnesia, she tries to find a way to return to her time to prevent an accident that has tragic consequences for both families. She also wants to find a way back to her present life to repair her friendship with her once vibrant friend who shuts Jenni out as she deals with her own pain. There is a long build-up to the time travel aspect of the story and the time-travel device of an old elevator feels clumsy. A subplot involving a middle-aged women dealing with her own time-travel nightmare of a missed youthful romance is far-fetched and mostly a distraction. Despite these weaknesses the tension that builds as Jenni travels back and forth in time and creatively solves her problems is well-done and will keep pre-teen readers wanting to know what happens. The tension does not let up until nearly the end. Issues of divorce, friendship and family life are raised and the overall message of changing your life by asking questions and not remaining passive is appealing. There is a nice character arc as Jenni changes from a reserved young girl into someone who speaks up to affect change. Reviewer: Margaret Orto
Kirkus Reviews

Time travel to a disturbing near future forces a preteen to cope for the first time without the help of her best friend.

Twelve-year-old Jenni Green and her best friend Autumn are inseparable. Along with their families, they even spend their summer vacations together every year at Riverside Village. There's so much to do there, from hot air balloon rides to adventure parks. Though Jenni naturally prefers museums to rock climbing, Autumn is always roping her into one crazy activity or another.This summer doesn't seem any different, until a ride in an old elevator lands Jenni in the middle of a strange and unsettling time-travel adventure all on her own. For the first time in her friendship with Autumn, Jenni must take the reins and figure out how to change the past in order to protect the ones she loves in the future. Jenni's first-person narration gives readers a ringside seat to her disorientation. Will she be able to save her friendship with Autumn and spare both of their families the heartache of a looming tragedy? Only time will tell.

Though the logistics of Jenni's time travel are a bit convoluted and the characters often feel disappointingly flat, preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time. (Fantasy. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763655952
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
825,957
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.96(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
Preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time.
—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of the New York Times best-selling series about the half-mermaid Emily Windsnap, as well as three novels about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. Liz Kessler lives in Cornwall, England.

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Year Without Autumn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooo good! DO NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE BAD MOUTHING IT AND SAYING IT WAS HEAVY!!!! Buy it you WILL NOT regret it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has actually made me a little scared and freaked out. But then when i finished reading it, i was actually amazed that the old elavator was kind of 'magic'. I really reccomend for 3rd - 5th graders. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good and i loved it. If u like books like 11 birthdays, u will love this book.
micah_a_teen_girl More than 1 year ago
This book is great, but at times a little suspenseful and heavy, but overall its great and ou can really feel the haracter emotions and empathize with them great book. some said they would recommend for 3rd through 5th graders, but I would recommend it for girls 10 to 15 or even older because even though the characters are 12 age doesnt play a big part in this book. I was freaking out every time she had issues with the elevator! spoiler warning and when she went up to the highest level and there was no elevator I was so so scared I was freaking out and sweating! its great overall haha sorry I said great so many times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was pretty good! I thought that it definitely was a little scary, but still really good! But I also thought that it was sad! You should still read it though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 6th grade, but it has stuck with me ever since. I'm so glad I found it and I look forward to rereading it! I would recomend it to anyone in the middleschool age range, though I think teens/adults could enjoy this easy read as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh, and cry. Once I started reading the book I couldn't stop! It is my favorite book and it's one of those books you wanna read over and over again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A YEAR WITHOUT ATUAMN is a wonderdul story about a girl who discoversa magical elivator that takes her somewhere else in time. She is so long in a diffrent time she misses the horsebacj riding with her best friend in the whole wide world! Then something terrible happens! Can she save her friendship with autumn? Or will they forever become enimies? Read to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This sample was really good is the book that good that i should i buy it? Please somebody tell me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jenni Green has a perfectly normal life with punctual parents, an annoying younger brother and a FABULOUS best friend. She has no idea how much her life is about to change. It all starts when she goes to visit Autumn, her best friend, in her condo. Add an old elevator, mysteriously working, time travel, tragedy and of course: "a HAPPY ending" and there you have it. The result: A year without Autumn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Literally I read 2 minutes of the story and I didn't like it I loved it. Very nice book like the beginning when the boy pukes cause then it hooked me on to the story. Love it. Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is like an amazing book you all should read it .it is a page turner and it made me cry if anyone you know is in akoma read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, i enjoyed that a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty aeesome except for the fact that the cover of thr book doesnt show...but thats ok. I stil love this book!!
Anonymous 28 days ago
The emily windsnap series! It is the best series in the history of book series!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Made me cry. Still a really good book though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey its me. Mao Akiyama. Please get my name around if yiu dont mind. Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the sample seems great.Can't wait to read the entire book.:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is ut a good book for little kids or older kids? Liz kessler is a great auther
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!!! It was fun and adventures it had twists and turns and over all a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is sort of scary and funny and intresting at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He says stupid things, Liz Kesler did winderful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago