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A Year without Autumn by [Kessler, Liz]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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Length: 268 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 11

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Preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time.
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This is an amazing book, I really liked it because the characterisation is amazing - you can really imagine what they all look like, you can feel Jenni's fear, her happiness and what it's like to have your world turned upside down. -- Rebecca Renwick, Forrester High TEEN TITLES I liked Liz Kessler's pacey compelling style ... and the skilful way in which she places her timeslip device so carefully in moder life that it seems surprisingly plausible SCHOOL LIBRARIAN Absolutely gripping! THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE It is a brilliant family evocation as well as a thought provoking and intruiging good read SCHOOL LIBRARIAN I was so enthralled, it didn't take me very long at all to finish this one ... a simple, quick and enjoyable read. STEPPING OUT OF THE PAGE

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 849 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R9Q1KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I am an adult! Won't tell you how old but over 40. I loved the Emily Windsnap and Philippa Fisher books and resisted reading A year Without Autumn as I wasn't sure I liked the story idea. Wow was I surprised! This is a BRILLIANT book. It could appeal to any age. Very thought provoking and moving but also amusing. I don't want to spoil the surprise of reading so won't tell you much else but I certainly couldn't put it down and unlike the other series which are really for young girls this book is definitely one that crosses the boundaries and can be read by adults. An insightful book by a writer who is obviously developing her talent all the time. I can't wait for any new books which Liz Kessler writes.
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Format: Paperback
A simply brilliant book which both my 8 and 10 year olds loved. As a adult I totally enjoyed it too!
It's a story of true friendship and how even the smallest events can change a life forever.
If you're looking light and frothy this isn't for you, but if you want a well written page-turner which you won't want to put down and leaves you thinking about it for days after, then A Year Without Autumn is for you.
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Format: Hardcover
this book is impossible to put down!!! I was reading 4 other books at the same time while reading this, but liz kessler made me abandon them because i needed to know what happened straight away without reading all the others first. All the charaters are very realoistic and i recommend this book thouroughly. You will NOT regret buying it.
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I liked the premise of this book, but I was also quite weary about it when I first heard about it. I thought the idea behind it was interesting, but I'm always a little apprehensive of time-travel novels (I can find them very confusing) and I think that this book is aimed more towards middle grade children rather than young adults. However, I found it surprisingly enjoyable!

I admit that, at the start, I didn't think that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. Our protagonist, Jenni, is 12 years old and so talks quite immaturely, but this should be expected. She is quite excitable and the overuse of exclamation marks did start to bug me a little. However, as things start to change in Jenni's life, when she finds a lift which can transport her through time, her attitude, outlook and emotions quickly begin to mature, which I was thankful for. I'm glad that she didn't completely mature though - it was definitely as though it was a young teenager communicating with us.

I'd say that this is probably aimed more towards 9-12 year olds, but as the book progressed, I think some of the issues discussed and the story in general could appeal to young adults. I actually liked the simple style that it was written in. The time travel idea wasn't made to be complex, and as it was straight forward, it was really easy to follow. It is, despite some serious subjects, a light and easy read that a lot of people may enjoy.

Jenni tries to visit her friend Autumn one day, and finds that she has travelled a year into the future, where we learn that something disastrous has happened which has destroyed Autumn's life and that also threatens their friendship. I found the way that Jenni handled herself and the situation to be both believable and interesting.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for an awesome time travel novel, then this is the book for you. Liz Kessler introduced time travel so smoothly into the story that I never doubted its credibility once. The author has managed to breathe reality into science fiction.

I know book reviews are not meant to be personal, but I cannot help but love a book that instantly catapults me back to my past and that first paragraph had me travelling in the back of the car with my parents on numerous long journeys to Devon. Not the best traveller and long before travel sickness pills came into fashion, I was Craig!

The book is written is present tense which I normally whinge about as it is one of my pet hates, but I cannot say it affected my enjoyment of the story at all. In fact, I didn't notice it after the first page, which is amazing for me. The story is extremely well written and highly polished allowing the story to just flow off the page.

This book may only be 246 pages, but it has a lot packed into it. I was completely captivated from the first page and ended up reading it in one sitting. I was desperate to discover how Jenni would deal with her unusual situation. There is no sign of predictability within this book and I found myself constantly surprised by the route the story took.

I loved all the characters within the book and instantly felt their anguish when their personal situations changed. Jenni was my favourite character and I loved how her desperation changed her character for the better and made her so much stronger. She dealt with the time travel situation thrust upon her with maturity and grace.

One of the main themes dealt with in this book is friendship; the author explores how a cross word can turn friendship to hate.
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Format: Hardcover
What a pleasant surprise this book was! Not that I didn't think I'd like it - the cover appealed to me straight away - but because I'd never read anything by Liz Kessler before and wasn't sure what to expect. She's well known here in the UK, so of course I shouldn't have worried. It turned out to be a brilliant read, and one that I'm glad I got the chance to enjoy.

A Year Without Autumn is about many things, including one of my favourite plot devices: time travel. On top of that it's also about family and friendship, and how even the smallest action or decision can change the course of our lives. You wouldn't think it, but even just being five minutes late for something could put you in the wrong place at the wrong time - it's all about timing, and possibly a little bit of luck. Kessler explores both of these in A Year Without Autumn, as well as the aftermath of a family tragedy. Don't be fooled by this book's pretty cover, as it does turn out to be a deep, serious read. I don't know about you guys that have read it, but I certainly wasn't expecting that!

The time travel element is cleverly introduced, taking main character Jenni on a journey of grief, confusion and self-discovery. She grows up over the course of the book, but whether that's thanks to her knowledge of the future or because of how she matures as a person, I'm not sure. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I could be wrong. Her friendship with Autumn is one of those friendships where you know these people will be there for each other forever, no matter what life throws at them. I love relationships like that, and it's written so well here.
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