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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-traveller
Published 2010 by Confusion Press
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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
-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
Cindy Hudson
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
Dec 22, 2009 Annie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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

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
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
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
Julie Graves
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
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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
Aug 11, 2014 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
Betty Rooney
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Good book with 3 time travelers in book 2!
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