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A Year Without Autumn

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,700 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
The author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series spins a gripping tale about a girl who stumbles into the future--and must change its course to save a friendship.

Jenni Green's family vacation has finally arrived! Even though she has to deal with her annoying little brother, her slightly overbearing dad, and her very pregnant mom, she gets to spend a week with her beste
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Gabriella It's not too bad. It has it's ups and downs, but nothing too drastic :)
Elisabeth well first she is on her way to go to Atumn's house and she gets transported to a year later and is confused. Then she sees autumn and goes to say hi…morewell first she is on her way to go to Atumn's house and she gets transported to a year later and is confused. Then she sees autumn and goes to say hi and autumn says what? go away!!!! your not my friend remember?(less)
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Jenni, her little brother and her parents visited the same park every year for a week. So did her very best friend Autumn, her little brother and parents. The day of their arrival was the same as it always was, and when the girls saw each other they were full of excitement for the week ahead.

But the plan to go horse riding the following day was thwarted by a strange and frightening occurrence for Jenni. When she finally found Autumn, everything had changed. And to Jenni’s horror it appeared she
Jia Jia
Jun 09, 2015 Jia Jia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children
Recommended to Jia by: I found it in the library
I think that A Year Without Autumn is a good book and it’s written by Liz Kessler. It is fantasy and all but I won’t recommend it to adults because it’s for children. Adults will probably think it’s boring and childish.

It’s about a 12 year old girl called Jenni. She and Autumn are best friends and they are inseparable. One day, they decided to go on a trip together. They were supposed to go horse-riding, but everything seemed to change when she used an old elevator to Autumn’s condo. She was sh
Ciaran Mcnamee
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Nov 20, 2015 Batul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: نوجوان
کتاب خوبی بود. برای نوجوانان بین 12 تا 15 سال، یا کمی بالا پایین، خیلی مناسبه. در مورد دوستی و ارزش یه دوست خوب. در مورد خانواده و اطرافیان و اینکه چقدر برخوردهای ما موثر هست توی زندگی خودمون و زندگی دیگران و البته با تم سفر به آینده که خیلی هم داستان هیجانانگیزی داشت.
فقط مشکلش توصیف تقریبا ضعیف صحنهها بود که من خیلی نمیتونستم تصورش کنم.
دومین کتابی که تو فیدیبو خوندم که البته برای خواهرم خریده بودمش
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
Sep 27, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Aug 18, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 2011
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
Nov 09, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-uni
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
Nicole Beaudry
This was a quick and easy read. The time travel aspect of it was interesting, but Jenni and Autumn both felt a little "undercooked". While I appreciate that Middle Grade fiction has a considerable amount of constraints in terms of character development and also plot, the ending was a little too pat for me, and I think it might have been interesting to take it in a different direction -- all things considered, however, the ending I would have liked would be too bleak for MG fiction, most likely. ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoya S
Feb 25, 2017 Zoya S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3rd-nine-weeks
When you see a cover like A Year Without Autumn you're probably thinking that the author is writing about the season Autumn. Well not this time, this is a book about two best friends Jenni and Autumn. Jenni and Autumn have always been best friends but this year everything changes. When Jenni and Autumn take there usually summer vacation they decide to go horseback riding. As Jenni is heading to Autumns condo she sees a new elevator and decides to ride it. After a while she realizes that this el ...more
Helen Mc
Sep 19, 2012 Helen Mc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2011 Raquel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-work
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
Oct 06, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cat by: I liked the look of it
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Megan Mann
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
Sep 23, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for: grades 6+

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This book, more than anything, made me think. It made me think about the fact that small moments and chance coincidences can change our lives forever.

Jenni and Autumn are best friends who appear to live a pretty great life. They have loving families who spend a week each year in a vacation home. One day, to get to Autumn’s family’s apartment rental, Jenni takes an old elevator in the building, not the one that she usually takes. As this elevator takes her up
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
Diana (Booking an Adventure)
It was a little slow to get into. I admit I skipped a few pages in the beginning to get to the part where she had her time jump. Only because the beginning seriously made me want to drop the book. But after the time jump, things got serious. Like an unexpected turn of seriousness that I did not see coming. It was interesting to see how Jenni and Autumn worked on their friendship over the years even with the time travel messing up their mojo. The side couple who also time traveled is very cute to ...more
Susan  Dunn
Feb 22, 2012 Susan Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Jenni and her best friend Autumn both spend a week each summer with their families at a timeshare condo. Jenni and Autumn have been best friends forever - Autumn is outgoing and fun, and the much more quiet Jenni has always been a bit in her shadow. The second day of their visit, Jenni takes the old creaky elevator, that hasn't been working up until now, up to Autumn's second floor condo. But when she knocks on Autumn's door, a stranger answers it. The old elevator has somehow sent Jenny forward ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Dana rated it did not like it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I really enjoyed the Emily Windsnap series so I was expecting to like this new novel by Liz Kessler, but was very disappointed. The story was so frustrating and I forced myself to read it until the end to see if the resolution was worth all the irritation the book caused me. The ending was alright, but this book just put me in a bad mood from all the anxiety and frustration of the two main characters. I also have no idea who I would want to recommend this to, and especially not any children. Thi ...more
Isabel Russo
Jan 01, 2017 Isabel Russo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a really fun book for young adults! The amazing author of this book, Liz Kessler, has put together such an suspenseful book! It is a bit challenging with the time changing ,and years switching here, and there. As challenging as it is, this book carries on a message, reminding you that one good friend is better than a bunch of bad friends, and to focus on the present because you don't want to miss a minute of it!
Dec 07, 2012 Kassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I read this book Christmas Break of 2011. I love Liz Kessler's books and when I heard this was coming out, I had to get it. I'm glad I did! The concept of this book is so deep and incredible...but fun. All the characters were amazing and added greatly to the story's plot. The moral of the story has been used before, but the book puts a whole new meaning on it: be careful what you wish for.
حقیقتا به نظرم ارزش سه ستاره داشت و به خاطر این که به طرز مسخره ای تونست آینده رو تغییر بده (در حالی که من توقع داشتم همه چی بدتر از قبل شه) دو ستاره فقط، اما چون منو یاد بهترین دوستم انداخت لایق پنج ستاره ست.
از دست دادن سال های عمر و... اینکه اگه درست بپرسی مردم به سوالات جواب میدن، عالی بود
در کل لذت بردیم:دی
Sara Shaw
Jun 17, 2014 Sara Shaw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I'm SO shocked!!! This book is awful. Stopped at page 52. What I couldn't tolerate was the main character, Jenni. She is TSTL, such a FOLLOWER!!! she thinks everything autumn does is perfect!!! She follows autumn EVERYWHERE and she's so childish and silly. If I can give this 0 stars, I would.
Feb 10, 2014 Ella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Year without Autumn is a spectacular science-fiction novel. It is well written, and it has a great plot. The emotion portrayed in this book is first class, and makes me cry every time I read it. Liz Kessler's A Year without Autumn is one of my favorite novels.
I love to read
wow just wow
Jun 07, 2016 Alaina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was a bad written book that will take you through a boring vacation. Terrible
Sep 29, 2015 JANA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیلی خوبو عاااااااالییییییییییی
Amanda Tollis
Sep 24, 2016 Amanda Tollis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing book. You should read it.
Sam T
I did not really finish the book
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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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