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A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles #2)

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When you wake up in the year 1851 on a Scottish hillside...Or in an English coal mine...Or on a plantation in the Deep South, you know you re in for a bad day. Nothing for Hannah and Alex Dias has been normal since they moved from San Francisco to the little town of Snipesville, Georgia. Bad enough that they and their dorky new friend Brandon became reluctant time-travelle ...more
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Published December 1st 2009 by Confusion Press
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Jun 25, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads, ya
I won this book on Firstreads!

I really enjoyed this fun, quirky book. As someone who thoroughly enjoys historical fiction, I had a feeling this book would be right up my alley, and it was. As someone who has not read the first book in the series "Don't Know Where, Don't Know When", I can say I still enjoyed this book.

Three kids in present day Georgia are unwittingly sent back to 1851. Hannah, the spoiled teenage girl, finds herself in Scotland, and is forced to work in a mill. Alex, Hannah's bro
Cindy Hudson
Jan 13, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Hannah, Alex and George are back in a second time-traveling novel for kids, A Different Day, A Different Destiny by Annette Laing. Readers first met the three in Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When while they traveled from modern-day Snipesville, Georgia, to World War I and World War II England. This time they are headed even further back, to 1851, and all three land in different places.

Alex stays in Georgia, with its slaves, cotton plantations and Savannah businesses. Brandon ends up in a coal mi
Jul 01, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
-I received this book for free through the First Reads program-

Hannah, Alex and Brandon take another trip through time, and end up scattered around in the nineteenth century; 1851 to be exact. With some rather strange visits from the Professor (or the time-travelling witch as Hannah refers to her) and no mobile phones in sight, the children must learn to adapt to this old way of life if they want any chance of getting home.

I really enjoyed A Different Day, A Different Destiny; I found it was ve
Dec 05, 2009 Annie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Annie by: the author
Shelves: fiction
A great book, even better than the first, although I'd recommend reading that one before this because it bases heavily on that first volume.
Aug 31, 2010 Lawral marked it as read-but-unowned
Shelves: ya, middle-grade
Laing has done it again! She's managed to cram a whole lot of information into an entertaining story (with a bit of actual danger thrown in this time) and created a dizzying web of characters connected to each other, the characters in the previous book, and Hannah, Brandon, and Alex's present day lives. Some of these connections are pretty obvious (the Gordons that Hannah lives with are the grandparents of Mr. Gordon from the first book and a young girl in Balesworth who is the spitting image of ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
I was very fortunate to win a copy of the Goodreads book, A Different Day, A Different Destiny (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2).

Although the book quickly drew me in, I think that it would have been an asset to have read Annette Laing's Don't Know Where, Don't Know When (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 1)as the main characters -- Hannah, Alex, Brandon and The Professor -- referenced their previous experience with time-travel and their acquaintance with characters (or their ancestors) several
Julie Graves
Jul 17, 2010 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
In A Different Day A Different Destiny once again Hannah, Alex and Brandon travel back in time. They have just returned from World War II London, now they are each transported to different destinations in the year 1851.

Hannah arrives in Scotland. She quickly finds work at one of the factories in the area. Hannah has not changed from the last book in that she is still very self-centered and angry and opinionated. Her job doesn’t last long in this factory. The hours are long, the work back-breakin
Nov 28, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it

Another great YA book from Annette Laing. In this second installment, sister and brother duo, Hannah and Alex, along with their friend Brandon find themselves thrust back in time to 1851.

The myriad of characters, in the short time we know them, are given fair treatment. They feel like real people complete with their complex emotions and contradictory thoughts. This is a testament to Laing's growing confidence as a writer.

The main characters have some ups and downs on their adventures and Laing
Jun 29, 2010 Courtney rated it really liked it
I will not summarize the plot here, since one is available above.

I received this book as part of a First Reads giveaway. I felt I needed to read the first installment before beginning, and I am very glad I did. While Laing does offer summaries of the events of the first book, knowing the complete story helps to navigate the intricate web of characters that have been created for the series.

Laing is clearly not following a formula for this series, as the set-up for the problem is significantly di
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Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
A stuck up girl, a laid back brother, and a dorky friend make for an interesting group of time travelers. I liked that each of the kids had such a unique personality. While Hannah was the main character, Alex and Brandon also had opportunities to tell the story from their point-of-view – especially in the second book of the series.
Everyone knows that I enjoy historical fiction, and this series does a fantastic job of bringing history alive and making it fun. I especially enjoyed the first
Oct 15, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: outside-reading
I really enjoy this book I gave it a 4 stars because some part went on a little to longit is about three kids. Hannah a young girl that has a very strong personality trait of being organized. Her laid back brother, Alex, doesn't know how to do anything but play video games and his new friend, Brandon,has a strong willed personality. They are sent back in time to 1851 after the history professor lost a calculator back in time and to teach them some lessons. Hannah is sent to a hillside factory i ...more
Becky Mckenzie
Feb 23, 2015 Becky Mckenzie rated it really liked it
A Different Day, A Different Destiny is an engaging and highly readable novel for middle school on up. The three main characters are a white sister, her younger brother, and an African American boy. The three are between 11 years and mid-teens, young enough to be considered children in modern-day Georgia but old enough to be expected to take on adult responsibilities of the year 1851. That's when the three land through mysterious time-travel, one on a small plantation in Georgia, one in the coal ...more
Betty Rooney
Jul 08, 2010 Betty Rooney rated it really liked it
I initially struggled with this book, had I read the first book I would have understood why Hannah, Alex and Brandon were time travelling. As I got further into the book I began to enjoy it and liked the characters too, although Hannah appeared to be quite spoilt and impulsive. I was delighted to find that I recognised some of the places visited, I was born in Lanark and have visited New Lanark many times also been to Dundee. Annette Laing has certainly done her research very well, New Lanark is ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
Jul 01, 2010 Jennifer Lavoie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was a great read. I wish I had read the first book in the series, though, before I had read this one, because I like to read a series in order. However, having said that, I will go back and get the first book because it was something that kept my interest. I think my students will like the book as well, especially those that enjoy historical fiction. I will be getting this series for my classroom. I think my students will be motivated by reading the seri ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
This is the second book in the Snipesville Chronicles, that wonderful time travel series by Annette Laing. This time Alex, Brandon and Hannah go back to 1851. They end up in three different locations: Georgia, USA, England and Scotland. Some of the time they are very poor and learn how awful life was for the lower classes. They also experience how life is for slaves and the working class.

They meet up with people who are ancestors of people that they met in 1940 and 1915. We don't know the how a
Jul 05, 2010 Janice rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
Time-traveling trio back. This time they get separated. One is in GA, one is in England, and one in Scotland. This time they are sent back to the 1850s and are involved with some of the same families they were before. This one is better written than the first one. The kids' dialog has improved. It could be eye-opening for kids who have never known a time without cellphones, microwaves and indoor plumbing.
Donna Parker
Aug 05, 2012 Donna Parker rated it liked it
Again, this is a smart, challenging book for children and teens (and adults). Another fine example of thinking literature for children. Books don't have to be dumbed down for children to read them. Challenge them! Inform them! Entertainment them! Provoke and reveal, enrich and enlighten!!! Above all, don't assume children too dumb or too shallow to want more. Great series.
Jul 07, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it
Wonderful book with a very interesting story. Interesting characters that had definite qualities and personalities. Loved the time travel element and the author definitely spent a lot of time researching the time period and the area's where the characters land. I haven't read the first book- but would now.
Sep 14, 2016 Kel rated it really liked it
A rare sequel that's even better than the first of the series. In this installment of the Snipesville Chronicles, the character development is deeper and the plot more sophisticated. Several narratives weave together, coming to an exciting conclusion that leaves you wishing for the third book.
Jul 01, 2010 Lauren~ rated it really liked it
Good book with 3 time travelers in book 2!
Oct 19, 2012 Dani rated it it was amazing
Unlike the first book, this one is about a time period I didn't know much about but it was still a lot of fun, and the connections between the two books keeps the students interest.
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Praise for The Snipesville Chronicles series:
Don't Know Where Don't Know When "This being the first of a series, let’s hope the next installments continue to infuse historical fiction with the same sense of joy and wonder. A clever and charming time-travel adventure." --Kirkus Reviews
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Other Books in the Series

The Snipesville Chronicles (4 books)
  • Don't Know Where, Don't Know When
  • One Way or Another (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 4)
  • Look Ahead, Look Back

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