Once was a time / Leila Sales.

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      Summary: In World War II England, ten-year-old Lottie is transported via a portal to present day Wisconsin, where she must find her way back to her family and her best friend, Kitty.
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Booklist Reviews 2016 March #1

On October 18, 1940, Lottie Bromley celebrated her tenth birthday in Bristol, England. In 2013, however, she is still 10. Explanation: at the onset of WWII, Lottie's father, physics professor Robert Bromley, believes he is on the verge of unveiling a key component in the development of time-travel portals. Lottie and her dearest friend, Kitty, are huge proponents of Bromley's theories. Unfortunately, so too is the British government, and when Bromley can't deliver anything more than years of research, all of their lives are put on the line. Miraculously, Lottie escapes a fatal encounter by hurdling through an extraordinarily coincidental time portal. Orphaned in the financially strapped town of Sutton, Wisconsin, in 2013, Lottie is determined to understand her impossible past and, more important, find the now elderly Kitty. Young readers will relish Sales' subtle clues and humor throughout, and though a handful of characters feel static, the bond between Lottie and Kitty—and eventually Lottie and her new pal, Jake—proves to be both tender and unstoppable. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall

In World War II England, best friends Lottie and Kitty are kidnapped to force Lottie's scientist father to reveal the secrets of time travel. Lottie escapes through a time portal--leaving Kitty behind. In 2013 Wisconsin, Lottie searches for answers about her friend's fate. Sales handles time travel lightly, allowing her to explore perspectives on time and aging without getting bogged down in details.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #2

andomly arriving in 2013 Sutton, Wisconsin, Lottie soon settles in with a new foster family, but her guilt drives her to the library in search of answers to what happened to her friend. Then one day, three years later, a thunderbolt—Lottie improbably finds a postcard from Kitty tucked into a copy of A Little Princess, their favorite book from childhood. Sales handles time travel lightly, establishing it as a quasi-natural phenomenon, which allows her to play with perspectives on time and aging without getting bogged down in questions of why and how. Lottie's fish-out-of-water disembarkation in the twenty-first century is an amusing diversion; more involving is a school-story subplot that asks Lottie to give up her place in the popular-girl clique and befriend the class nerd as the only means of following the postcard trace to Kitty. An over-the-top climax may test the patience of readers who like their puzzles airtight but will delight those who prefer to revel in the vast mysteries of time and coincidence, with only just enough explanation to satisfy them. anita l. burkam

PW Reviews 2016 January #4

Ten-year-old Charlotte "Lottie" Bromley lives near war-torn London in 1940, which means food rationing, blackouts, and seeing little of her preoccupied father, a renowned scientist who is determined to discover the existence of time travel. Lottie finds enjoyment with her best friend Kitty, but when Lottie's father goes missing, Lottie and Kitty are thrust into a dangerous situation that finds Lottie journeying to 2013 Wisconsin, where she discovers that she will never see her best friend—or anyone else she loves—again. Like many time-travel stories, Lottie's adjustment to an unfamiliar era provides opportunities for lighthearted moments, such as using the Internet for the first time or eating at a diner with a 12-page menu. Lottie's fortitude and resolve make her an admirable and sympathetic protagonist, but the real heart of this story lies in her friendship with Kitty. It's a relationship that haunts Lottie (and will haunt readers, as well) until Sales (Tonight the Streets Are Ours) brings Lottie's journey to an unexpected but satisfying end. Ages 10–up. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management.(Apr.)

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