A Year Without Autumn
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Jenni and Autumn are best friends, even holidaying together. Aged 12, the devastating outcome of that year's holiday results in Jenni moving backwards and forwards through the three succeeding years trying to prevent the tragedy, and friendships and relationships falling apart.
Kessler combines a chatty tween novel with a serious dose of 'what if' in which a disused lift transports Jenni between the present and future years, thereby not only viewing the events but interacting with friends, family and strangers whose lives and relationships have been changed by the accident.
We can read it as a coming-of-age novel, in which Jenni grows up and gains insight into others, but primarily into her own behaviour, and the responsibility she bears for events.