Imagine the possibilities…. see the potentials…realize the dreams. Step in the world of Once Was a Time. This great middle school read introduces us to Lottie and Kitty who are the best of friends… soul mates who understood each other full well. Believing in the possibilities, living out the realities of war torn England in 1940.
This was a well-written novel by Leila Sales, who has author several young adult books. Lottie and Kitty were so well described I felt as though I knew them and could fun with them. Girls with crazy imaginations, a willingness to accept each others foibles, and still stick together like glue. Leaving with dreams and plans, struggling with how their families were, dealing with the terror of war. Good characters.
Then …oh.. the unimaginable happens, these two soul mates are separated. What would happen? How would Lottie manage? Would Kitty survive? What happens to their families?
How their lives diverge is a fascinating tale of persistance and hope. And OH… I want to tell more but then I’d have to say SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! And who wants that eh? Themes covered: Time Travel, war, bullying, friendship, library, budgets, books..oh the books!, siblings, travel and more. A well crafted book quite suited for the middle school crowd. These characters will linger.
My lad has heard me talking about how much I have been enjoying his book, and now that he is finished Time Stoppers, and knowing how his dad has been waiting to read the series, he asked if he could read Once Was a Time next. I joyfully said “YES!”
This was a great book…history along with intrigue with the joy of learning what true friendship is. Makes for an excellent book middle schoolers AND their parents! 🙂
|Once Was a Time
Softcover, 340 pages, Ages 10+
Fiction, middle school, time travel
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books.
Where can you find?
Amazon.ca: Once Was a Time.
Amazon.com: Once Was a Time.