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Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
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Aug 09, 07


This is an old favorite, one which I read as a child and rediscovered as an adult. It's a time travel fantasy, in which two girls at the same boarding school, one in 1918 and one in the present day (which was 1960 something---it's an old book) switch places. From a science fictional perspective, the book is flawed, not answering questions about how or why the transfer takes place. That simply isn't the point. However, by exploring the outcomes of their switching places---the bizarre relationship between the two girls who never really meet, and the (hinted at) dangers of learning/knowing too much about the future when you may soon return to the past---Farmer created a novel that is haunting and poignant, blending fantasy with the very real concern of finding one's place in the world.
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