Lottie Bromley and her friend Kitty have always been fascinated by time travel. Lottie’s father is convinced it can be done. It is just a matter of discovering a portal and jumping through.
Of course, they know that the likelihood of finding such a portal is pretty slim. Thus, when German spies kidnap the girls and try to force Professor Bromley to divulge his research, Lottie is shocked to see such a doorway appear. Faced with certain death, she jumps and finds herself transported from wartime England to Wisconsin in 2013.
Lottie knows she can never return to her home, so she makes the best of her time with foster parents, all the while missing her best friend. With the help of the local librarian and a classmate named Jake, Lottie follows clues in the hopes of tracking down Kitty, now an adult.
Lottie learns the importance of true friendship from both Kitty and Jake, who come from stable, nurturing families. Lottie’s mother leaves their home, frustrated with her father’s neglect in favor of his scientific research. He is often absent and family members read books at dinner every night. Kitty and Jake, on the other hand, are well-grounded by healthy environments that enable them to resist peer pressure and make good choices.
Somewhat light on plot, the book does have a few issues to note. In 2013, Lottie manages to read The DaVinci Code at age 10, and she and her friends conduct an unsuccessful séance.
On a more academic note, I cannot resist mentioning a personal “pet peeve” I have with so many modern children’s books: grammar errors. It seems that many authors today have forgotten how to use the word ‘whom’, replacing it with ‘who’ as an object pronoun. The subjunctive has completely disappeared. This may be colloquial in the 21st century and no doubt sounds correct to young readers. However, in a period piece, characters’ speech should reflect the language of the era depicted.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is now a full-time wife and mother.