Charlotte Sometimes

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New York Review of Books, 1969 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
A time-travel story that is both a poignant exploration of human identity and an absorbing tale of suspense.

It's natural to feel a little out of place when you're the new girl, but when Charlotte Makepeace wakes up after her first night at boarding school, she's baffled: everyone thinks she's a girl called Clare Mobley, and even more shockingly, it seems she has traveled forty years back in time to 1918. In the months to follow, Charlotte wakes alternately in her own time and in Clare's. And instead of having only one new set of rules to learn, she also has to contend with the unprecedented strangeness of being an entirely new person in an era she knows nothing about. Her teachers think she's slow, the other girls find her odd, and, as she spends more and more time in 1918, Charlotte starts to wonder if she remembers how to be Charlotte at all. If she doesn't figure out some way to get back to the world she knows before the end of the term, she might never have another chance.

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On Charlotte's first day at boarding school she feels out of place and unsure of who she really is, but when she wakes up the next morning in the same bed only 40 years in the past, she becomes even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

This didn't move me as much as I thought it would, but I would probably have loved it when I was a young girl. I find it interesting to look at all the different covers - the story is rich enough that ... Read full review

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About the author (1969)

Penelope Farmer published her first book of short stories for children, The China People, in 1960. The Summer Birds, the first of several books in which Farmer writes about Charlotte or her sister Emma, was published in 1963 and received a Carnegie Medal commendation. In addition to writing novels for adults and children, Farmer has edited several literature anthologies. She lives in London.

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