Wednesday, July 21

Penelope Farmer: Charlotte Sometimes

A young girl wakes up to find that she has travelled backwards in time forty years and is living in the body of another girl. The two trade places regularly until one becomes a day student at their shared boarding school and finds herself stuck in war-time England. Eventually she manages to return to her own time taking with her the experiences and memories of her visit to the past.
This was a delightful revisit to a childhood favourite. Through an adults eyes very little seems to happen over the course of this story, particularly considering the historical period covered. However I can still remember the tension of wondering if the heroine will manage to safely return to her own time and indignation at the injustice of getting into trouble for not completing school work.
Perhaps not intricate enough for the sophisticated youth of today, this story’s simplicity still held a lot of charm for me.-Lynn

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