Once Was a Time
By Leila Sales
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2016.
Grade 4 and Up 322 Pages
This is a great story of friendship, loyalty, and time travel. Lottie and Kitty are best friends during a tumultuous time in history; World War II. The German Nazi’s were desperate to win the war at all cost and they were looking for a secret weapon—they thought it was Lottie’s father. Mr. Bromley was a British scientist studying time travel and a great storyteller. He would keep Lottie and Kitty on their edge of their seats and filled their dreams with traveling back in time, always together, to make the world a place with no war. The Nazi’s kidnapped Bromley, Lottie and Kitty. They threatened to harm the girls in order to get him to spill the secret of finding a time travel portal. The men are ready to harm the girls when Lottie notices a portal and jumps in. Finding herself in the grass not in 1940 but 2013 and Kitty is nowhere to be found. A British girl, now in the United States, seventy-three years into the future and alone. Join Lottie and those along the way who helped her grow and understand that friendship is timeless.