Charlotte Sometimes Paperback – Aug 9 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
On her first morning at boarding school, a girl wakes up to strange new surroundings in this haunting fantasy. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"An intriguing fantasy."—The Horn Book
"...a book of quite exceptional distinction...the author has built a haunting, convincing story which comes close to being a masterpiece of its kind...not easily forgotten."—Christian Science Monitor
A "haunting fantisy." —Publishers Weekly
"Farmer writes with style. She is vivid in her depiction of place: on almost every page, scattered with colorful figures of speech, we are drawn into the school and the surroundings of the school through sights and sounds and smells and textures...above all we are moved by the depth and poignancy of the relationship between Charlotte and Emily."—Eleanor Cameron
"This year's most haunting fantasy."—The Sunday Times
"Farmer is always gifted in her grasp of possibilities that bring us up short with surprise and delight and satisfaction."—Eleanor Cameron --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Charlotte Makepeace is a new girl at an old boarding school. On her first night she goes to sleep in her bed and in the morning she wakes up as Clare Moby, a schoolgirl from over forty years ago. Of course Charlotte is confused, even more so when people don't realise that she is not Clare, not even Clare's younger sister Emily. Somehow she struggles through her first day as Clare but to add to her confusion she finds herself back in her own time the following day and no one has missed her! Charlotte soon realises that Clare is taking her place in her time and she is taking Clare's. The two girls muddle through by communicating through Clare's diary, leaving each other notes and messages in order for them to survive in their swap-over worlds.
However it's not long before Clare's younger sister Emily realises that something is wrong and Charlotte is forced to tell her the truth. With Emily as an ally, Charlotte's time in the past is a little easier but there is a dark cloud on the horizon. Clare and Emily are going into lodgings outside the school and the children have worked out that the time travelling that they are experiencing has something to do with the bed they sleep in and the tree outside the window which exists only in Clare's time.
This is an exciting story that moves at a fair pace, even more so when Charlotte is trapped in the past, forced to become a day pupil and temporarily forfeit her real life in the future. Charlotte's identity is soon in question even to herself.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
this book is wonderful. a mythologization of stubborn bits of reality. charlotte, a very alive child, begins to disassociate from reality when sent away to boarding school. Read morePublished on Dec 25 1999 by sincerly bored & attempting to kill a too hot afternoon
I am a cure fan as well as a few others *i can tell* that have written reviews. it has taken me almost a year to find this book. I still want to buy it though. Read morePublished on April 11 1999
Charlotte Sometimes, the fantasy novel for history buffs. Set in two separate time periods, the reader follows Charlotte's struggle between herself and the girl from World War I... Read morePublished on Aug. 1 1997
The band The Cure ( my favourite!) wrote a song about this book of the same name. If you have wondered about it read the whole story, the video for the song is based on the book... Read morePublished on March 13 1997