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A Year Without Autumn

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  950 ratings  ·  185 reviews
On her way to visit her best friend, Autumn, Jenni Green suddenly finds she's been transported exactly one year forward in time. Now she discovers that in the year that's gone by, tragedy has struck and her friendship with Autumn will never be the same again. But what caused the tragedy?
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Orion Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sara
A Year Without Autumn by Liz Kessler follows Autumn and Jenny who are headed to the timeshare that their families have vacationed at for years. While on the way to Autumn's house Jenni takes an elevator and finds another woman in Jenni's apartment. She soon learns that the elevator has taken her one year into the future, a future where Jenni and Autumn's life has fallen apart because of a horrible accident. Jenni must deal with everything and figure out how she keeps ending up in the future.

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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I liked the premise of this book, but I was also quite weary about it when I first heard about it. I thought the idea behind it was interesting, but I'm always a little apprehensive of time-travel novels (I can find them very confusing) and I think that this book is aimed more towards middle grade children rather than young adults. However, I found it surprisingly enjoyable!


I admit that, at the start, I didn't think that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. Our protagonist, Jenni, is
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Ciaran Mcnamee
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Raquel
A very charming story from the author of the Emily Windsnap series. This book is a departure from Emily Windsnap and her fantastical world of mermaids but it bases itself on the same thing. A young girl, put in unusual and magical circumstances and trying to make sense of things on her own. Jenni is in many ways a normal 11 year old. A pair of doting parents, an annoying little brother, a baby sister on the way and a best friend. Said bff, Autumn, is the polar opposite of Jenni. Autumn is vivaci ...more
Becky
I won a copy of this on 'Girls <3 Books' blog ages ago but put it to one side as I had a mountain of other books to read. Every year at the library we do a 'Book of the Year' event where we have to read 6 books then vote for the best, this year this book is on the list. They are all Children's/Middle Grade books.
I thought I had better start reading the nominated books and as I had my own copy of this I thought it would be a good place to start.
Jenni and her family always go to the same place
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Emma
Jenni is looking forward to spending the end of her summer vacation with her family at their timeshare apartment. While it’s great to get away, she also gets to spend the last weeks of summer with her best friend Autumn and her family. Autumn is the best friend Jenni could wish for: she’s exciting while Jenni is cautious. After Jenni takes a ride in the rickety old elevator in their building, she knocks on Autumn’s apartment door only to find someone else living there. Although it might seem imp ...more
Sara
Although it took me a few chapters to really be pulled into this novel, I found it to be quite a fun, sweet read overall. It's summer and 12-year-old Jenni is going on the annual family vacation with her family; her best friend Autumn's family has a condo nearby as well, so the two girls get to spend the whole week together. One day, heading to Autumn's place, Jenni uses this old elevator that she thought was broken and it takes her forward in the future, where she sees how awful things have bec ...more
Helen Mc
A Year Without Autumn – Liz Kessler
A Year Without Autumn tells of the story of a 12 year old girl (Jenni) who discovers what true friendship is all about. Autumn is Jenni’s best friend. The two girls do everything together and have great love and respect for one another.
One day Jenni suddenly finds herself exactly one year ahead, in the future. As the story unfolds, we learn of a tragedy that threatens to destroy their close friendship. As a result. Jenni has to figure out what events have take
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Catrin
Aug 17, 2012 Catrin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Catrin by: I liked the look of it
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Samantha S.
This book was cute! This book is mainly for young teens and tweens and has a lesson about friendship. This book is about a girl named Jenni who goes to these vacation houses/ apartments every year and sees her friend Autumn. Jenni and Autumn were going to go horseback riding together so Jenni went up an old elevator to her friends room, but when she got there, some strange lady opened the door. There was no way to explain what happened because she was at the right room. What happened? She back h ...more
Sharon
Cameron read this and suggested it to me -- it is a very quick read and a story I think I would have liked a lot as a kid. As an adult, I enjoyed it but had a few issues with it. At the start of the story, I found Autumn to be bossy and not particularly nice -- I wanted her to be more appealing so I could feel more sympathy for her when Jenni then travels a year into the future and finds Autumn devastated by a family tragedy. There was also a part at the end of the book -- I won't give any spoil ...more
Emily Andrus
While it may have been a little slow to get started, all while feeling as confused as Jenni at what's going on...I was sucked in. Because that's just it: you don't quite know what's going on. Oh man, this book had me riveted. Like, stay up late with a flashlight reading, riveted. Yeah. The concept just felt original and well-thought-out. The writing is fantastic, and the characters are amazing because Kessler develops them to the depth I need for a time travel book. I mean, a person is going to ...more
Serendipity Reviews
If you are looking for an awesome time travel novel, then this is the book for you. Liz Kessler introduced time travel so smoothly into the story that I never doubted its credibility once. The author has managed to breathe reality into science fiction.

I know book reviews are not meant to be personal, but I cannot help but love a book that instantly catapults me back to my past and that first paragraph had me travelling in the back of the car with my parents on numerous long journeys to Devon. No
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Marika
Sometimes I wish I could go back in time and hand books to my nine year-old self. From the first chapter of A Year Without Autumn I wished I could do this. It seems that there are relatively few books these days that start with loving, supportive families. Jenni's parents are in-love and expecting their third child, and while her little brother can be annoying, Jenni loves him nevertheless. They are looking forward to being a family of five and enjoying their yearly one-week family vacation. Lik ...more
YA Reader
I've not read a story from Liz Kessler for a while. The last one I read was The Tail of Emily Windsnap years ago when I was tiny. I remember really enjoying it but I never got round to reading the sequels. When I was told that she was publishing a YA novel, therefore, I was very intrigued. The cover on its own would have been enough to convince me but remembering her first story I knew it would be a great read. I wasn't let down.

A Year Without Autumn is about two best friends Autumn and Jenni. B
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Amanda
4 stars.
A Year Without Autumn is a very deep and mysterious middle-grade novel.

Jenni Green and her family have always gone to Riverside Village in the holidays along with her friend, Autumn, and her family. They are the best of friends, nothing will tear them apart. But when Jenni is suddenly transported one year forward in time, a tragic event has occurred.

I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. It wasn't a book I chose for myself; Mum picked it up from the 'new books' shelf at the libr
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Holly Peckitt
After reading this, I developed... some mixed opinionsand I think I need to explain why. A Year Without Autumn clearly stands out on the shelves of a bookshop. The cover is beautiful, the name is intriguing and filled me with curiosity, and after reading the blurb, I really wanted to read on to find out what "tragedy" has taken place.
Jenni's character was particularly well wrote (if that makes any sense) and as this story was told from the eyes of her it was intended that you warm to her. You f
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Jemima Pett
Jenni and Autumn are best friends. They are more than best friends, they are the best friends that could ever be. Two hours apart and there are a million and a half things that have to be said to each other. And here on their holidays they can spend as much time as they like together. And even though Jenni doesn't really want to go horse riding, she says yes, because she goes everywhere with Autumn. So why aren't Autumn and her parents there when she goes to meet them?

This is an enthralling tale
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Megan Mann
Nov 22, 2011 Megan Mann added it
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It's the last Saturday of August, the day Jenni and her family settle into their condo for the last week of summer. It's the same thing every year. Jenni's family has always been organized and punctual. Neither quality applies to Jenni's best friend's family. No, Autumn's family is a group of artists that are so full of life that Jenni feels lucky enough just to be in their presence. On the first night, Autumn tells Jenni that they're going horseback riding the next day. All through the next mor ...more
Lena
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Jenny und Juli sind seit Jahren unzertrennlich, sie sind die besten Freundinnen, die man sich nur vorstellen kann. Gerade stehen die Sommerferien bevor und damit auch der Familienurlaub. Ein Horror für die beiden Freundinnen, so lange voneinander getrennt zu sein. Doch Gott sei Dank ist es schon lange Tradition, dass die beiden Familien von Jenny und Juli ihren Urlaub gemeinsam in einer Ferienanlage verbringen.
Als Jenny ihre beste Freundin eines Tages in ihrem Hotelappartment besuchen will
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Marie
I saw this at B&N awhile back and kept passing by it. So I was pretty excited when it came up on Vine.

Jenni lives a pretty normal life. Well normal compared to her friend Autumn who's parents are artists and a tad bit out there. But Jenni has always been quiet and safe, while Autumn was the opposite. When Jenni takes an elevator that has never worked til today, her whole world is flipped upside down and she has no idea what's going on. It takes her awhile to figure it out, and once she does,
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Ms. Yingling
Kessler, Liz. A Year Without Autumn.
Jenni and Autumn's families have traveled to the same condos every year at the same time. Things are a little more difficult because Jenni's mother is prgenant, but both families are happy. When Autumn takes an unused elevator up to Autumn's condo one day, she finds a strange woman there and realizes that she has traveled a year into the future, and Autumn's brother Mike has been injured in an accident on a horse. This has a disastrous effect on both families,
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Ginger Smith
What if you could travel in time and change what happens, or if you can't change events, maybe change how you deal with them or help others deal with them better? This is the theme of this young readers novel by Liz Kessler. I actually couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Some parts were difficult to read about, but other parts were just so exhilarating and heart-warming. I highly recommend this book to school aged children and adults alike.
Glynis Miller
I checked this out of the public library via Overdrive and it was an enjoyable read. I have always played the "what if" time travel game: "what if I could go back and change one thing?" "What if I could go forward and see what my life will be like in a year or two?" "What if I don't like what I see?" What if I can't go back?" Jenni struggles with these questions and more in this tale of friendship, family, and consequences.
Karen Arendt
Advance galley copy from Netgalley. A Year Without Autumn is a suspenseful, sad, emotional journey of twelve year old Jenni and her best friend, Autumn during their week's vacation at Riverside Hotel. The story starts out somewhat slow to show the friendship and history of Jenni and Autumn. After Jenni, in too much of a hurry to wait for the elevator, uses an old elevator that has her travel foward a year in time. Tragic events have occurred, and Jenni does not understand what happened. When she ...more
Becky Keir Grace
Every summer Jenni and her family vacation with her best friend, Autumn, and their family. Everything seems normal until Jenni takes a ride in an old elevator. The world is now one year ahead and Jenni has no recollection of the past year.

Jenni then learns that something terrible happens to Autumn's family, something that tests the strength of their friendship. She realizes how people can change after something bad happens. I liked Jenni's character. She was the sidekick and had trouble doing t
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Kim
Really terrific book with an interesting plot. I'm amazed at how beautifully Liz weaves the plot together and has such good character development. I also love the fact that she has two very different families together, whose adults both appreciate and like each other. Fantastic book, great concept, and well worth reading.
Dana
This book reminded me a little bit of some of the old Twilight Zone shows that I used to watch when I was a kid.
A vacation resort.
A broken old elevator that gets fixed.
And when 12 year old Jenni rides up a floor on the elevator, she goes a year into the future.
In this future, her best friend Autumn is very different. Autumn's brother is in a coma and her family is devastated. Jenni finds that she can go back to the present but the accident that put Autumn's brother into a coma has happened any
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Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book. (Even signed by Liz Kessler!)

This is an amazing book!

Now, I've read lots of books about time travel, but this is nothing at all like them.
When I first read the back and figured out what it was about, I was a little doubtful. But I shouldn't have been.

This book is NOT your typical time traveling book. Liz puts wonderful and unexpected twists into the story, and has surprises every page.

I was reading this book for a couple days while at my grandparent
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Liz Kessler is the author of three novels about Philippa Fisher as well as the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling Emily Windsnap series. She lives in Manchester, England.
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