Publisher: Confusion Press
Publication date: August 2007
Source: Review copy provided by author
Hannah and Alex just moved to pokey old Snipesville, Georgia from San Fransisco. Unhappy with the move, Hannah is compelled by her father to attend a summer camp for writing, while her brother attends baseball camp. The two of them do not expect to meet up with Brandon, a black kid also attending baseball camp, or the Professor, a strange woman who seems to follow them around. But, what they least expect is their time travel to WWII England. There seems to be no way home except by finding a boy named George Braithwaite, who seems to have disappeared. Will they ever make it back?
Things I Liked:
This was a fun way to learn more about the history of Britain during both WWI and WWII. The kids experienced what it was like to be evacuees during those wars as well as the privations and other difficulties children faced back then. I enjoyed learning more about personal experiences of people during the wars, than what most other books try to teach - the general what happened and when type of information.
Things I Didn't Like:
I found that for more than half of the book, the story moved very slowly. I got bored and had a hard time plowing through the details, some of which seemed rather extraneous. Also, some of the transitions between time and place or just sections was abrupt and made it disorienting to read. Not the best example of time travel to learn about the past, but still pretty good.
Reminded me a bit of the Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a few here and there
some children born out of wedlock, but nothing described
soldiers who have been injured are described briefly
Overall rating: ***
Do you prefer time travel to teach history, regular historical fiction, or nonfiction?
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