Once Was A Time

by Leila Sales

Publication Date April 5, 2016

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Once Was A Time by Leila Sales


Once Was A Time is a time travel book for upper elementary and middle grade readers. It touches a little on the WWII in England but not a large amount.  That would be my only wish for this great little book. I  wish there was more during WWII but understand why there wasn’t as much as I would have liked. This book is about 2 best friends that are inseparable till sadly they are. It follows Lottie as she tries to cope with the fact that she jumps through a portal and abandons her dad and best friend Kitty. She ends up in the middle of nowhere USA in the 2000’s. She is not only living with the guilt and also trying to figure out what might have happened to them but also trying to figure out how all this stuff and life works in the future. She is essentially an orphan just like the girl in her favorite book “The Little Princess”. All the references and talking about this children’s classic makes me want to read it and soon! 🙂 Kitty has to decide who she wants to be in the future since she is never going to be able to jump back to the time she is really from. She has to let go of the guilt and decide who her real friends and new family is. As if that isn’t enough for most people she also has to do all this while being a tween. Once Was A Time is a really great book that I think the age group it is written for will enjoy it very much.

summary:  In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

thank you Chronicle Books, Leila Sales and netgalley for allowing me to read Once Was A Time. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.