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3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  495 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
A magic spell has spun Flora into the past. She's mysteriously swapped lives with a schoolgirl in 1935! No iPod? No cell phone? No hair products? How will she survive?
Now Flora's a new girl at St. Winifred's, where she has to speak French at breakfast, wear hideous baggy bloomers, and sleep in a freezing dormitory.
But lots of adventures in the past are amazing even if th
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Jan 16, 2012 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to CLM by: Emily
Reminiscent of Charlotte Sometimes and of the classic school stories published in the early part of the 20th century, this is the story of a somewhat spoiled 12 year old, Flora Fox. Flora is sent to boarding school, against her will, when her parents must rush to Italy to care for her grandmother who has broken her hip. On the train to school, Flora is enchanted and goes back in time to 1935. Upon arriving at a traditional girls school, she must adjust not only to school but to the customs and c ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 02, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flora is not happy that her parents are sending her off to the posh Penrice academy so that they can go to Italy, collect her ailing grandmother, and install her in their home in Wimbledon, especially since her grandmother has always lead a profligate life and not really cared about Flora. On the train to the school, Flora hears strange voices while she is sleeping... and wakes up in 1935. Several roommates have found an old book of spells and summoned her. Flora is even more unhappy about this ...more
Jan 02, 2013 A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first reaction after reading this was that it was nothing more than a simple, but nice, story about a girl who learns a few things about family and friendship as she grows up a little too. After I finished reading it and thinking about it a little more however, there were a few points that I have grievances with. Mainly, it bothered me that the grandmother who, as a young mother, had left her son to run off with her artist lover who painted nude paintings of her to be hung in art galleries al ...more
Lebone Thebe
Feb 27, 2015 Lebone Thebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 16, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun YA story. Am ordering kid gets summoned back to 1935 England where she isn't quite ready for boarding school life and wishes she had paid more attention in history class. The girls that did the summoning are completely shocked their one attempt at spell casting worked. The question is ...WHY. Why did it work and what is Flora meant to do ?

Cleverly written. Sweet, a quick read for anyone over about ten, but, hey...that's okay. I enjoyed it very much indeed and pass me a biscuit and a cuppa
Jan 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The fourth star is for the surprise of liking it as much as I did. (=

It started out in a tedious manner, but in a good-natured kind of way-- like when you groan about something that you don't really mind doing. I think a part of that had to do with how realistically the author portrayed 12-year-old girls; British or not, the majority of pre-adolescent girls are either super nice when they want to be, or super bratty when they don't want to be nice, both of which Saunders captured quite well.

Brandy Painter
Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Beswitched by Kate Saunders has two elements I love: a boarding school and magic. It made it on to my TBR for that reason. It moved its way to the top when it was shortlisted for this year's Cybils.

Flora is a behaving like a spoiled brat at the beginning of the novel though in a way most MG readers will be able to identify with. She does improve, but it took a little too long for me to ever really warm to her as a character. The story is an in
May 21, 2013 catbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wäre ich nicht zusammen mit der lieben Andrea durch Dussmann gegangen und wäre ich nicht ein diesen Fan von den Zeichnungen von Nina Dulleck, wäre ich wohl nie auf dieses Kinderbuch aufmerksam geworden…

Flora Fox ist sehr traurig, als sie von ihren Eltern auf das Mädcheninternat Prince Hall geschickt wird. Unterwegs im Zug vernimmt sie mit einem Mal eine Stimme nah an ihrem Ohr. Sie ist mitten in einem Traum und obwohl sie glaubt das alles dunkel um sie herum ist, ist er es nicht. Der Raum ist vo
LH Johnson
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Shirley Li
Apr 02, 2013 Shirley Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting and weird. I was addicted to the book because it was so intriguing. I like the way Kate Saunders write.

It was about a spoiled girl, Flora Fox and how she got sent to a rich school Penrice Academy while her parents were going to Italy to look after her grandmother. As she was on the train to Penrice Academy she falls asleep and has a weird dream. When she woke up she was in a different world. she has traveled through time and has arrived in 1935 with out her laptop
Monica Albright
Read this because Jessica was reading it and wanted to do a family report on it for the library.
I was not a big fan of this book. The time travel was reminded me a little of Freaky Friday (just a little) because the two Flora's switch places. But, we never get to hear or see the other Flora's side of the story. We see her reflection briefly in a mirror towards the end of the story. Perhaps this could be a sequel???
The author does do an excellent job with her descriptions and details
Lynn Roulstone
May 21, 2015 Lynn Roulstone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, but then I'm a big fan of early 20th Century girl's boarding school stories, and Beswitched is basically one of those with sandwiched between some time travelling fantasy. I must say the 1930s school seems a lot ncier than the ones in the Dimsie and simiaar books, but the incidents are much the same. Sauders always wirtes well and I was carried along by this tale. one of the most enjoyable children's books I've read this year.
The premise as intriguing. A rather rude/spoiled girl is sent to boarding school and ends up attending said boarding school in the 1930s. However, the school itself was written rather unrealistically, the elements of witchcraft and other adult content were a bit much for a juvenile reader, and the characters were a bit one-dimensional. So I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.
Mar 08, 2012 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very interesting! I would recommend this book to girls (but if you boys want to read it, go ahead). It has an unusual plot and an exciting twist at the end. Beswitched is about a girl called Flora Fox, she's a bit spoilt and lives in the 21st Century.

Flora gets shipped off to a posh boarding school, because her parents have to care of her sick grandmother. But on the way she falls asleep on the train and wakes up in baggy bloomers! Somehow, Flora switches places with another Fl

Plot: A contemporary British girl on her way to boarding school falls asleep on the train. When she awakes, she has arrived at boarding school in the 1930's. She quickly discovers that some girls at the 1930's school cast a spell and brought her back in time.

My nine-year-old daughter loved this book and she insisted I read it. If she hadn't, I would not have finished it. The main character is such an awful brat it made the book intolerable. As befits children's fiction, the main character does
Nov 22, 2015 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute middle grade book. A little bit magic and a little bit of time travel in this book. It was definitely a cute story about a 12 year old learning more about herself and learning to look below the surface of the people around her.
Rosina Rushen
Oct 23, 2015 Rosina Rushen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really love this book. I wish there was book 2 and more to continue the story. But it's a strange happy story and you just want to continue reading. It's worth reading
Aug 27, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Beswitched," by Kate Saunders, is a wonderfully heartwarming story of time travel, friends and family.
When Flora Fox awakens on a strange train, she knows she's not headed to Penrice Hall, the boarding school she was supposed to go to. It's 1935, England, and Flora wants to go home to London with Mum and Dad!
Her roommates, Pete, Pogo, and Dulcie, have summoned her, with a magic book formerly owned by the late Miss Peak, first headmistress of St. Winifred's. And she can't go back until she c
Cora Kertzman
Dec 14, 2014 Cora Kertzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how Beswitched keeps you guessing the whole time you are reading it. It is mysterious and adventurous. I recomend it for grades 8-11/12.
Jul 23, 2014 Heike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ein schönes Kinderbuch (ab ca. 10 Jahren) mit Magie und einem überraschendem Ende.

Flora ist 12 Jahre alt, lebt im 21. Jahrhundert und soll ein Schuljahr in einem modernen Internat verbringen. Auf der Zugfahrt dorthin erwacht sie auf einmal im Jahr 1935...
*Miss Fame*
This was a really cute book! I enjoyed the story and was actually pleasantly surprised with the ending. There were a few things in the book I predicted, and I'm actually really surprised I hadn't predicted that ending. But I enjoyed it and it made me smile (the ending). The book was sweet, one of those "coming of age" tales about behaviors and the events that cause one to re-think their attitude and behaviors, but it wasn't overbearing and in your face obnoxious (like some of those books can be) ...more
Nov 14, 2013 Kamala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Beswitched" by Kate Saunders is definitely the best book I've read so far this year. The plot was sometimes a little confusing because of the time travel, but many times that is what made it SO interesting. I loved how a girl who is from the 20th century can fit in to 1935 and eventually love it. Flora went from being disgusted by everything from the 1935 boarding school, to wishing that she would never leave (except to see her real parents). The coolest parts is how one of her friends from boa ...more
Monica Edinger
Jan 06, 2015 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title and cover don't do justice to this delightful read, a very clever time travel book and boarding school story too.
Oct 25, 2010 Overbylass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I enjoyed this book ,it was a nice break from all the Jacqueline Wilson we have been reading recently . The idea of the book, though not original, was nicely written . I can imagine this story making a good film.
My seven year old daughter followed the plot quite easily, though I did a little censorship in places to remove the odd bad word-I realise it is an older girl's book. All in all a good choice from the school book fair -I tend to borrow books from the library to save mone
Jul 17, 2012 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, historical, fantasy
Spoiled 12 year old Flora is pissed that she has to go to boarding school when her parents must go to Italy to take care of her grandmother after she breaks her hip. On the train to school, though, she is transported via spell to 1935.

It makes me happy that time travel book are still being written. I haven't read a new one in so many years! Pretty reminiscent of Charlotte Sometimes, but a little more clunky in moralization of differences between 2012 and 1935. I saw the ending coming about a qu
Lila Webb
Jul 21, 2014 Lila Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute story about a girl who helps others in her own time of need
This one was okay, but I wanted more than I got from it. The plot was a bit anti-climactic, but the author did a nice job of portraying 1930s England and explaining what it'd be like for a time-traveler.

Also, definitely for a mature middle-grade reader. There are some weird little sexual references (talking about Grandma sleeping with a lot of people and the mention of a comedic striptease at the end), and lots of rude-ish British slang that would probably seem more rude to British people than t
Jun 29, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. Time travel. Loved it.
Although it got off to a rather slow start, and I thought Flora was horrible in the beginning, the plot gathered momentum and the characters seemed to develop into pleasant, memorable folk somewhere in the middle. By the end, I thought it "was wizard" and Flora was "a real brick." The time travel aspect was interesting, but this and the magic are understated and not the main highlight of the story, which is more about life in a 1930s boarding school for girls in England and the character develop ...more
Brittany Lucas
Ew, this cover. Why? xD
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Kate Saunders (born 1960) is an English author, actress, and journalist. The daughter of the early public relations advocate Basil Saunders and his journalist wife Betty (née Smith), Saunders has worked for newspapers and magazines in the UK, including The Sunday Times, Sunday Express, Daily Telegraph, She, and Cosmopolitan.

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