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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (Dec 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143182285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143182283
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How miserable can a 12-year-old's summer vacation get? For starters, Patricia's domineering, emotionally distant mother sends her to her cousins' far-off cottage for the summer. Patricia has never met her cousins before, and her shyness and lack of cottage savvy only increase her awkwardness. Her cousins, led by the insufferable Kelly, tease her constantly before shunning her altogether. Then something amazing happens. During a hot and lonely afternoon, Patricia uncovers an old watch hidden beneath the floorboards. Upon winding it, she is stunned to find herself 35 summers in the past, eavesdropping on another 12-year-old--her own mother. Patricia and her watch become "ghosts from the future" in a mirror world where the inhabitants of the present are held up to their earlier selves, at once both familiar and strange.

The complexity of Patricia's adventure is spun through a series of events that seem almost matter-of-fact on the surface, while barely containing time's shimmering elasticity. The dialogue is beautifully nuanced, and the characters are described in small, telling phrases: Patricia's mother, Ruth, for instance, paddles the canoe "with a bored efficiency." A Handful of Time has the depth and sophistication of an adult novel yet always stays true to the fleeting world of childhood. Honoured as Book of the Year for Children by the Canadian Library Association, it is highly recommended. (Ages 10 to 14) --Martha Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-8 An important summer in the life of 12-year-old Patricia Potter involves a trip back in time for her to observe her mother, Ruth, in her mother's twelfth year. While her parents, both successful career people in Toronto, work out a separation, Patricia is sent off to her aunt's lake cottage in Alberta. Raised by fashionable and undemonstrative parents, Patricia feels out of place in the company of her rough-and-tumble cousins. Her escape comes when she discovers an old watch engraved to her grandmother, Patricia. When she winds up the watch she becomes an invisible observer to the happenings that took place in her mother's family 35 years ago. Patricia goes back and forth in time, observing her mother's unhappy childhood, and she decides to give her mother another chance, knowing what she does about the past. Although the novel is about two generations of mother-daughter relationships, all readers see of the grown-up mothers, Ruth and Nan, is from the perspective of a child. Hence, both appear as wooden and flat characters. Although the watch device is a handy one to allow the girl a glimpse of the past, there is not much explanation as to how or why the watch possesses this power. Science fiction fans may be disappointed, but the book will show adolescents how relationships in the present are often locked into patterns of the past, and that a discovery of one's family often reveals much about oneself. Yvonne A. Frey, Peoria Public Library, Ill.
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Kit Pearson Manages once again to write a emotional and descriptive book which draws you in from the start. This is a book about a 12 year old Patricia Potter who is sent away to live on a lake for the summer with her Aunt Ginnie and Uncle Doug along with cousins her own age so that her parents can work out the details of their divorce without Patricia present. Patricia's never gone camping before, never swum in a lake, never paddled a canoe, and never cleaned a fish, and also her greatest fault: she's not good at making friends. As soon as she arrives, she is labelled as a crybaby, suck-up snob, and a wimp and her cousins despise her and tease her with stingy nicknames such as Potty, and Pee Pee. Then Patricia unexcpectedly finds an old pocket watch in a cavity under the old wooden floor in a cabin named La Petit and she travels 35 years back in time where her own mother was 12. Once again, excellent description and a good summer read for children aged 10 to 13.
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By A Customer on Dec 29 1999
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This is a very well written novel. Personally I loved it. The plot, makes you never want to put the book down so you can find out want happens in Patricia's mother's life. Patricia finds a broken watch and uses it to magically travel back into time to watch her mother grow up. Patricia learns more and more about her mother as the plot un-ravels
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By A Customer on June 16 1998
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This book is about a girl who finds an old watch that, every time she turns it it takes her back in time. A very, very good book. I can't say how good this book was. Everyone I know that has read it says it is very good and it is one of there favorite books. So read it. Trust me it won't be a waste of time!!!
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By A Customer on Oct. 5 1999
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I loved this book it had a gret a beggining and ending. This book inspires kids and teens to try to uncover the secrets of there own life how they can change. I give this book two thumbs way, way up and as many as stars as I could fit on a page. IT WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!
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By A Customer on Jan. 21 1997
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This would have to be one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I love how the watch took Patricia back in time. When it did I felt like I was going back in time too. I reccomend it to anyone who likes very detailed writing
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