Once Was A Time (ARC Novel) | Book Review

Author: Leila Sales

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Sci-fi fiction, grade school level

Publication Date: March 2016


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 to Raincoast Publishing for sending me this ARC novel is exchange for an honest review.

This book is targeted towards children in grade school, about ages 9-13. It is not about a sappy romance, but instead about friendship and the hardships that some come across.

Starting with the cover art, it represents the subject of the book perfectly. The two girls on the cover, Lottie and Kitty, are presented in the time periods in which they are trapped. The decades that are shown in the lettering help the children picture where and when the girls are.

The story that the book tells is a touching story of a friendship, even if it is long distance and through a different decade. The thought of time travel was always proved as being a myth, but not in this book. Time travel can be true, you just have to know how and when to find the time portal. This story is beautifully told through the perspective of Charlotte, aka Lottie, as she travels from the past to the future without her best friend. Lottie has to learn to adopt to the ways of the future yet find a way back to her time. The way this story is described is perfect for children in grade school as the words are not to difficult to understand. The book is the perfect length and the story develops throughout the pages.

Overall, I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was different from most of the books I read, which is nice to try something different. I highly recommend children to read this book, especially if they enjoy sci-fi and the theory of time travel.

Be sure to check out this book when it come out in March 2016!

-Read On Darlings!



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