Friday, March 16, 2012
Beswitched by Kate Saunders
Flora definitely didn't want to leave home and school and go to boarding school and live with her grandmother while her parents were away on a trip. It was totally unfair!
Delacorte Press sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you). It has been published, so you can get a copy at your local bookstore.
I like reading time travel stories, so I expected to enjoy this one. I did, and for more than one reason.
While Flora is pouting on her train ride to her school and grandmother, she falls asleep. When she awakens, she finds herself still on the train, but not in the present. Somehow she has exchanged places with another Flora and has been transported to the past. Even when she finds out how and why it doesn't get better...
She has to share a room with three other girls, she doesn't know anything about the classes, the restroom facilities are old fashioned and ugly, and there's no blow dryer. Every now and again she spares a thought for the person who has taken her place in the future, but not often. She's too busy trying to survive in 1935.
This author has done an excellent job of providing an ironic touch at the story end which really makes the entire book come together and end positively. I love how she did that.
You need to get a copy to read for yourself, not just for your child. This is a good read and could be great fun to read aloud. The girls in this story are characters and you can never be sure what they will do next!
What would you do if you found yourself in another time and place with different customs???