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It is Charlotte's first night at boarding school. But when she wakes up, the girl in the next bed is not the person who was sleeping there the evening before. And the new building outside her window seems to have metamorphosed into a huge, dark cedar tree! Somehow, Charlotte has slipped back 40 years....

A classic time-travel mystery from acclaimed author Penelope Farmer.

©1969 Penelope Farmer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • 12-11-2015

My favorite book as a child

I ordered this book off the school scholastic papers in 6th grade back in 1987. I was so fascinated with the story. It is a story that has always stayed with me. What a joy this was to hear it read to me after all these years. It is still as wonderful of a story now at age 40 as it was to me at age 11. Highly recommend!

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  • Tyler Stout
  • 31-05-2020

Phenomenal Time Travel book!

I admit that I read this book because of the Cure song Charlotte Sometimes. Had I not been familiar with the Cure and the song I know for a fact that I would never have read this lovely book. This by far has been my favorite time travel story. It’s up there as good, or better than Back to the Future. I did not expect the twist at the end. Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read. I was expecting a children’s book and what I got was so much more.

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  • Richard Burgener
  • 09-05-2020

excellent story, for any age or gender

This is marketed as a children's story, but it's exceptional gravity and dark atmosphere really lends itself to standing up as literature for anyone. I tend to think it's themes of identity and the horror of war may be lost on all but the most gifted of children. This is why I believe the piegenonholing of it as YA lit is pretty misguided. It rises above that on so many occasions along the way. It's really quite haunting at times, though nothing overtly horrific happens.

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  • Bella Trixx
  • 27-04-2018

Excellent

Wonderful story skillfully read. Rich in images and poignant considerations of what “self” means and “when” it means it. Well worth the read or listen.

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  • Bruce
  • 23-12-2019

Please read it as if it were 1969

If I had read it as a young boy, I might have thought cute story but too much girly emotional stuff. Now, I found the story a great change of pace from the frantic fantasy of our current era. In concert with modern stories, this tale continues the literary tradition of harsh autocratic school matrons, which still lives on in books today; I long for someone to write about caring nurturing teachers. In some ways the story is also the kind that is slightly annoying when writers make characters meekly keep secrets in order ratchet up the tension. The bed magic reminded me of Mary Norton's 1947 novel, The Magic Bed Knob.

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  • Chesapeake Reader
  • 14-07-2018

Wonderful, sensory, empathetic

I loved it! Can't wait to order more of Penelope Farmer's books. A wonderful listening experience

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  • Katharine
  • 02-07-2014

Bittersweet story

Beautiful reading of a bittersweet timeslip story. As Charlotte sleeps she slips out of her own time and changes places with Clare in 1918. The story builds slowly but Charlotte's plight starts to grip as 1918 begins to become more real to her than her own life and she fights to remain herself. Very well read by Hannah Gordon with nicely done character voices.

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  • 03-06-2016

Five Stars!!

This book is one of my favourite books on audible and I love the story, there are a few parts that didn't really make sense to me but it's still amazing! I would recommend this book to all ages as there is no inappropriate-ness (or very little) and the story is good for children and adults!!! Five Stars!!!!

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  • Leanne Lloyd
  • 08-05-2015

Lovely little time travel story

Lovely book with an interesting time travel story! Set in 1918 and 1948 thankfully the narrator perfectly suits the era! Worth a listen

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  • Mr. A. Fenn
  • 26-07-2020

a great book well read

a really nice book that treats children with intelligence unlike the dross available for kids today.

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  • Abbie
  • 11-03-2018

Brilliant premise, story and characters.

If you could sum up Charlotte Sometimes in three words, what would they be?

Emotional, mysterious, magical

What did you like best about this story?

The author really well humanises the main character, making her relateable, even for adults reading the book. Her reactions to events in the book beyond her control, feel very genuine, which only help to make the ending more emotional.

What about Hannah Gordon’s performance did you like?

Her voices for the different characters was consistent and really helped to follow the story. Furthermore her voice itself is calming and clear, suiting the book fantastically.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was a mixture of happiness, longing and sadness, overwhelming but in the best sort of way.

Any additional comments?

The middle section of the book is a little slow, but worth pushing through!

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  • Metaltoe
  • 17-12-2016

Beautiful book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - I'd recommend it to almost everyone with imagination and heart! It;s a beautiful touching story with lovely vivid characters that stay with you and feel like friends. A lot of mystery too, and the parts about the First World War are quite powerful and moving.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Charlotte, and Emily. And also Miss Agnes touched me.

Which character – as performed by Hannah Gordon – was your favourite?

All the above main characters! Hannah Gordon brought them to life perfectly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several moments really - but can't say without spoilers. The end was moving, but in a good way.

Any additional comments?

A truly lovely clever book, perfectly written, for all ages above about 12, I'd say. I'm 60 years old and read it for the first time, and was captivated.

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