September 14, 2010

Review - Don't Know Where Don't Know When by Annette Laing

Hannah and Alex are not happy about having to leave San Francisco and move to Snipesville, Georgia. They are sure it will be an incredibly boring place to live. However, when they, along with a new friend named Brandon, encounter a strange professor, their lives become anything but boring. Before they even realize what is happening, the kids have traveled back in time to World War II England. Soon after, Brandon is separated from the group and ends up in the same English town, but in 1915! The children cannot go home until they have found someone named George Braithwaite, even though they are not sure who he is or how to find him. 

I really enjoyed reading a story set during both World War I and World War II that discussed the everyday details of life during a war. I think a lot of these sort of details are lost when we study only the historical events themselves. The children in this story learned a lot about how people got by during the war and what all they sacrificed. They had to learn it because they experienced it themselves! 

I found Hannah's poor attitude annoying at first, but she grew on me as I read further. There were many interesting characters who were introduced during the different time periods, as well. I liked how all the storylines were brought together in a surprising way at the end. Overall, I found Don't Know Where Don't Know When to be an entertaining read, and I think it would appeal to young readers even if they think they don't like history!

This is the first book in a series (The Snipesville Chronicles). 

Rating: 4/5

I received a review copy from the author. Thanks Annette!


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