Once Was a Time by Leila Sales. Publication date: April 5, 2016. (I received an ARC of this book through an ad in PW Children's Bookshelf. All thoughts are my own.)
Once Was a Time is the first middle grade offering from popular YA author Leila Sales, and she knocks it out of the park. The story revolves around two best friends, Lottie and Kitty, who are growing up in Bristol, England in 1940 under the ever-expanding shadow of Hilter. Lottie's father studies time travel, and his investigations have drawn interest from many sides. A dangerous situation forces Lottie to make a choice - does she trust her father and his research?
This is a surprising and engaging tale, and it is hard to write a review without jumping further into the twists and turns of this story. Suffice to say that time travel is not always what - or where - one expects. This book falls more into the realm of classic friendship and mystery tales and is not as "science fiction-y" as a story with a time travel premise might seem. I can see many different kinds of readers being attracted to this book, and I am looking forward to sharing it with my students.
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