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

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

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 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?

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440229315
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/08/2003
Series: Both Sides of Time Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.01(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA—CBC Children’s Choice) and its companions Whatever Happened to Janie? (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and The Voice on the Radio (an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists), as well as What Child Is This? and Burning Up.

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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.

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For All Time (Both Sides of Time Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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!!!!!!!
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annie Lockwood has never forgotten Strat, the love of her life lost in time back in the 1800s. So, when she sees a newspaper article announcing the new Egyptian exhibit in New York City and feels her beloved through the news ink she knows she must do anything to get there and convince Time to once again reunite her with him. However, as Annie has learned in the past, Time is not always so cooperative and when Annie finds herself in Ancient Egypt instead of the 1800s she discovers she may not only have lost her love forever, but her very life in the bargain.Strat has been living as a photographer in Egypt for some time, using his small allowance from photographing tourists to assist Katie, who was working as a nurse in a lepers hospital in Spain. Through everything Strat continued to think of his lost love, Annie, and pray that wherever or whenever she was, that she was safe.After reading the first three books of this set, I really felt I would enjoy reading the conclusion as well. I¿m very glad I did, since I actually liked this book much more than the first three. Since the narrative was pretty much equally split between Annie and Strat, not to mention the new addition of an Egyptian Princess and deceitful private investigator, I found the stories much more interesting this time around. Annie wasn¿t as much the main character which is something that I kind of liked. The ending scene in Egypt was very exciting and really made it all worthwhile. The very, very ending was a little unclear to me in the how and why department, although certainly of a finite nature and not begging of another story. All in all I thought this was a pretty interesting series of young adult, historical fiction.
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.