A Year Without Autumn (Paperback)

By Liz Kessler

Candlewick, 9780763660604, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2012

List Price: 8.99*
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The author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series spins a gripping tale about a girl who stumbles into the future—and must change its course to save a friendship.

Jenni Green’s family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend a week with her bestest friend in the world, Autumn. But twelve-year-old Jenni’s world turns upside down when she takes an old elevator to visit Autumn and discovers that everything has changed: not only is her friend in a different condo, but tragedy has struck Autumn’s family, Jenni’s mother has had her baby, and everyone is a year older. When Jenni realizes that the elevator caused her to skip a whole year, she tries to go back, but soon finds that fixing things won’t be as easy as pressing a button. How can she alter the past and keep her family and Autumn’s from falling apart? With honesty and insight, Liz Kessler explores how the bonds of family and friendship can endure through time.

About the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of the New York Times best-selling series about the half-mermaid Emily Windsnap, as well as three novels about Philippa Fisher and her fairy godsister. Liz Kessler lives in England.

Praise For A Year Without Autumn

Preteen readers will likely be swept up in the suspense of Jenni's journeys back and forth in time.
—Kirkus Reviews

The novel is enriched by simply drawn characters, an intensely suspenseful climax, and an upbeat ending sweetened by both strong affirmations of friendship and a romantic subplot in the supporting cast.
—Booklist Online

Driven by a pre-teen girl's fierce loyalty to her closest friend, this time travel story ponders how close people often are to life-changing circumstances… This novel holds a positive and strengthening message about friendship, life, and love.
—Library Media Connection

Kessler deals sensitively with divorce and death, offering readers a plot that is grounded in reality despite the time-travel element. Everything comes together in a tidy ending that readers will find satisfactory.
—School Library Journal

—Publishers Weekly

The story line is very intriguing, and readers may find it difficult to put the book down. Kessler tackles the paradoxes of time travel with courage and imagination, while the special friendship between Jenni and Autumn is very moving and emotional.