Charlotte Sometimes

Charlotte Sometimes

by Penelope Farmer

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ISBN-13: 9781681371115
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 07/06/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 795,470
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
File size: 11 MB
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Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Penelope Farmer was born in Kent, England, in 1939, the younger of twin girls. She was educated at private schools and Oxford University. Apart from brief spells of teaching and a variety of odd jobs she has spent most of her working life writing for children and adults. Charlotte Sometimes is her best-known book, and inspired the song of the same name by the rock group the Cure. She has two children and three grandchildren, and with her partner, a former academic biologist, divides her time between London and the Canary Islands.

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Charlotte Sometimes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JimmyChanga on LibraryThing 5 months ago
How could I resist a book with such a beautiful cover and a name that The Cure stole for one of its songs? The book itself is a rather low-key affair for a children's book, though it does contain some exciting happenings. But more than an adventure book, it's a thinking book that explores the ideas of war, identity, appearances vs. reality, time and history. I found the ending to be rather moving too, and I'll continue to think fondly of some of the characters and wonder about them. One thing I did find a little bit annoying was how timid and careful the main character was. I kept wishing she would stop acting so inhibited, and break some rules (she still broke them, with the aid of others around her, but she was never gung ho about it)!Some of my favorite quotes:"And, she thought, uncomfortably, what would happen if people did not recognize you? Would you know who you were yourself? If tomorrow they started to call her Vanessa or Janet or Elizabeth, would she know how to be, how to feel, like Charlotte? Were you some particular person only because people recognized you as that?" p. 73"'Stones look prettier under water. I didn't see why marbles shouldn't look prettier, too''I think they're beautiful,' said Charlotte. 'And how huge they look!'But when she put her fingers into the water and pulled a marble out, it was small by comparison with those still in the glass, and unimportant, too. It was like the difference between what you long for and what you find--the difference, for instance, between Arther's image of war and his experience of it. It was like other times, her own and Miss Agne's proper childhood times that seemed so near to her memory and yet so far away. It was like everything that made you ache because in one sense it was so close and in another unobtainable." p.152"It was like being in a river, holding things dry above her head, only it was mind and sense she tried to hold, not clothes." p. 159
deargreenplace on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Charlotte arrives at boarding school in the 1960s. Asked to choose a bed in her dormitory, she wants the one that has different shaped wheels from all the rest, near the window.One morning she is woken by a ten year-old girl in the next bed calling her Clare, but Charlotte is not Clare, and although the school and her dormitory are the same, everything else is different, including time.I would never have heard of this book had it not been for The Cure's song of the same name. It deserves to be more well-known. Eerie and frightening, it's an absorbing non-girly book for girls.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is interesting because it describes a girl switching places with another in time- but things aren't easy. The two girls actually face all the challenges that switching places with someone else every night would bring- isolation, confusion, and plenty of trouble. It draws the reader in with the excitement of its fantasy, but never loses the reality of the situation.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Being in a new boarding school is tough enough as it is, but to wake up and find you are in another year (1918 - 40 years in the past), with a brand new name, is confusing and very scary. How can this happen and how do you get back to your present time?    That is precisely what happens to Charlotte Makepeace.  She goes to sleep one night and wakes up the next morning as Clare Mobley.  She has somehow time- travelled back in time 40 years.  Luckily she meets an older girl who has a message for her from the girl's mother. Her mother says if a girl named Charlotte ever arrives at the school to please treat her with kindness.  The reader then tries to figure out who Charlotte has met in her past that could be this girl's mother.   She and Clare in the following months exchange places frequently and live temporarily in each other's worlds.  Both struggle to fit in and hope they are not discovered to be the wrong girl for that era.  Although they physically never meet they correspond to each other through a journal and hiding notes in the hollow bedposts.  The girls learn a lot about each other and give each other helpful information enabling them to cope much better with their unfamiliar lives. Charlotte assimilates into the past and seemingly is accepted as Clare Mobley.  Gradually she feels her real self slipping away and she struggles to hold onto her own persona.  Will she be trapped in this time-warp forever?  Will she ever know normalcy once again?  Can she find a way to make that happen? This haunting and enthralling tale sucks you right into the story.  You are trying to solve the mysteries that the skilled author sets before you.  I really enjoyed the eeriness of it all and just kept on reading to find out if Charlotte could indeed get back to her own reality. I know this unique book will be a great read for ages 9-12 year olds.  Adults will love it too I am sure.  I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book will incourage the poor kids of Afganhastan.