A Handful Of Time by Kit Pearson

When Patricia’s mother sends her to her cousin’s cottage for the summer, Patricia doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t know her cousins at all, and she’s never been good at camping or canoeing, let alone making new friends. When she arrives at the cottage, her worst fears come true: her cousin Kelly teases her; Aune Ginnie and Uncle Doug feel sorry for her. She doesn’t fit in. Then Patricia discovers an old watch hidden under a floorboard. When she winds it, she finds herself taken back in time to the summer when her own mother was twelve …

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Genre: Children’s / YA

My rating: ★★

Pearson manages to take a summer cottage story, add time travel to it, and come out with boring. It’s not hard to see why Patricia has no friends, because it’s hard enough just reading about her. The concept is the only thing that’s special about this book: the prose, the plot and the characters are all as dreary as too many rainy days.