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Time and Again
by Deborah Heal   

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Young Adult/Teen

ISBN-10:  1482627213 Type: 
Pages: 

252

Copyright:  Feb. 25, 2013 ISBN-13:  9781482627213
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A story told in the past and in the present. A story of three girls--their perspectives, their relationships, and their journey of self-discovery and faith.

Abby expected to spend the summer in the dilapidated old house in Nowhereville getting to know her student Merrideth.

She didn’t expect to get to know Charlotte Miles, the girl who had lived there 160 years before.

She planned to tutor Merrideth in math and English—not history.

But that’s before the freaky program on her new computer started waking her with its invitation to “take a virtual tour.”

It turns out a lot of history happened in that old house…and most of it never made it into the text books.

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Chapter 1

Abby had at first considered volunteering at St.Louis Children's Hospital for her required Ambassador College service project, so that she could "contribute to the community while also enlarging her horizons." but her roommate, Kate, had reminded her of her tendency to faint at the sight of blood. Several of her classmates had chosen to build homes for disadvantaged families with Habitat for Humanity. But since she had never actually used a hammer before, much less a power saw, being a "companion and tutor to an economically disadvantaged adolescent" had seemed like a much better choice.


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I realize that the book "Time and Again" is a novel for young adults. I also realize that I am not so young anymore. But I do enjoy reading a good book even if it is for a different age group than I am currently. I met Ms. Heal today and really enjoyed her company and her knowledge of the area and time period about which she was writing. I had decided that I was going to like this book before I even read it. That decision was based on her personality and her disposition.
Then I read the book. By page 2 I was hooked. I didn't want to leave the library where the book signing was being held because it was good and I knew I wouldn't have a chance to read it again for awhile. So I read as much as I could before I left the library, then I went home and continued my daily business as quickly as possible so I would be able to read more of the book. I finished everything and then sat down to watch football and maybe read during the commercials. That didn't happen, I read the book and watched the highlights of the football game.
I loved her writing style. She is not superfluous. She is very descriptive and I believe that I know exactly what the house in the story looked like. She described the house as having "soul". I connected with the book at first because the child in the story was so difficult to get along with. I am facing that very thing in my life right now. I enjoyed getting the view point of the child in this situation. It made me open my eyes and see why a child might act the way they act to a stranger. Even if that stranger is their caregiver. I also enjoyed the fact that she brought the characters to life. She talked about their experiences at the snow cone place in their town. She explained how it felt to get lost in a small town. She brilliantly described how it felt to meet a tall, dark and Handsome stranger. I know exactly how the teacher in the book felt about not wanting to get involved while she was working.





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Reviewed by Diane Walters 12/26/2012
Charming! Quaint! Clever!

Time and Again is a good, wholesome, old fashioned story with a modern twist. This charming tale touches upon many of the hard issues that kids have to face today—depression, bullying, weight issues, absentee parents, abandonment, self-esteem, and young love. It is written in such a way that these issues, which seem so momentous at first, gently blend into the background and simply melt away as the relationship between Abby and Meredith develops and they become fast friends.

Both girls are embarking on new adventures in their lives. Abby just graduated from college, has taken a summer job—her first job, as a live-in tutor. Meredith recently moved to the lonely, empty little town of Miles Station with her mother to an old historic home she inherited. Determined to make a new life for them, her mother must work all sorts of crazy hours, which leaves Meredith with nothing to do. She is feeling angry and dejected, and the last thing she wants is a babysitter hanging around, pestering, her all day long.

Naturally, the story does not end there . . . the old house promises some mysterious, quirky surprises for the two as they delve into its history and of the presently defunct town of Miles Station.
Ms. Heal did a marvelous job in addressing some of the confusion that children have in growing up while trying to understand the adult world. In this, the book turns an enjoyable story into a chapter by chapter mini life-lessons book for teenagers. Her teaching style is crafted in such a way to make you think you are just reading a fun story. She offers so much in the way of learning history, relationships, people, and in surviving the turbulent teenage years, that you will want to read it time and again.

Note: I would like to thank Deborah Heal for this lovely copy of her book, and to Review the Book.com for the opportunity to review it.
Reviewed by Angela Woods 2/11/2012
"Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station" by Deborah Heal was a fun adventure! The author's effective description of time and place and attention to character development drew me into the story at the start and left me in anticipation of the next in the series. Though I grew up near where the story is set, I had no idea of the place's fascinating history. "Time and Again: Charlotte of Miles Station" has definitely sparked my interest in Southern Illinois history, and I look forward to returning for a visit, and perhaps doing a little exploring of my own!

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