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Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing?

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During an epileptic seizure while visiting her ancestral home, sixteen-year-old Katie is transported back in time and mistaken for her great-great-great grandmother who also had epilepsy at a time when the disease was greatly misunderstood.
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published March 28th 1974 by William Morrow (first published March 1974)
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite books as a young teenager. I found it on Ebay - a retired high school library book. I'm sure it took me longer to read it back then, but this time it took me less than two hours.

The tale of teenage Katie going back in time as her great-great-great grandmother enthralled me as a girl, perhaps solidifying my love for time travel in literature. It was not as grand a love story as I remember, although my perspective is quite different some 25 years later.

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Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this at the tender age of 11 and it has stayed with me till today. This story had it all for a young girl who loved to read: a medical condition, mystery, time travel, love story. And I even loved the cover so much I reproduced it by hand for my own book report cover for school! Still a recommendation.
Connie Milton
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood
I read this book when I was 11 and it is still one of my all time favorite books. I have read it many times thru the years. (It only takes about 2 hours) My first love story and time travel book.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I remember reading this in elementary and not enjoying it. So take this rating for what it is, a vague memory.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-ya
Katie is taking a tour of the Pacific Northwest with nine other girls and teacher. One day, in Port Townsend, Katie, who has epilepsy, mixes up her handbag with her friend's handbag. She ends up having a seizure (no access to her medication) and when she wakes up, she is a hundred years in the past. Here she is known as Kathryn. Kathryn also has epilepsy but it is not the treatable disease it is in Katie's time. As Katie learns to navigate the past, she is given a glimpse into a world where her ...more
This story captivated me for several years in my early life (9-12~). I probably read it until I had parts memorized.

A young woman struggles with her identity and reality when her epileptic seizures alter her perception of her world and those in it.

If you are looking to get a young person intrigued with reading this may be an alternative to purchasing witchcraft or stories laden with sex and foul language.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for the first time when I was about 11 or 12 and really enjoyed it. It has stuck with me forever and every once in awhile it pops back in and I think I have to find that book, I need to read it again. I was very happy when I unpacked a box that had been in storage for a long time and tada~there it was! I was excited.
Libbet Bradstreet
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely beautiful book. I read it for the first time as a nine year-old and it has stuck with me ever since. A book with everything: romance, time-travel (of sorts), and a very typical peak at the historical interpretation of neurological diseases.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh nostalgia! I read this when I was 14 (for a library competition) and even now have fond memories of it. Epilepsy and time travel and romance.
A Bear and a Bee Books
A great story to share with your daughters. It is filled with love, understanding, and triumph.

Apr 19, 2008 rated it liked it
One of my favorites from youth.
Shawna Newton
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Favorite book of all time .
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book puts an interesting perspective on the way society has changed especially with it's out look toward epilepsy I would recommend this book to anyone.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this book when I was about 13 and just re-read it. Hard to find, but it is still just as good as it was all those years ago!
Dec 14, 2016 added it
I didn't finish this book because Poe,my dog, ate it. I asked her for her review of the book, but she evidently had nothing to say.
May 14, 2013 added it
Loved and still searching for a copy!
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Started out with more potential than it ended up providing. Simple story, girl ends up back in time. There's a lot that's not explained that leaves confusion.
Requiem for a Princess is much like this story and I liked it better along with Magic Elizabeth by Kassirer, Norma.

Other ya books about going back in time: A Traveler In Time by Uttley, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Juniper Game. Hall Family series by Langton and The Aviary Hall series by P Farmer.
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