Out of Time (1996)

Common Sense Media says

A preposterous but entertaining yarn.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most male characters constantly belittle women, and a hotel advertises that it does not accept Jews. The author clearly opposes these views.

Violence

Asylum attendants routinely beat helpless inmates for fun.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gothic, romantic fantasy actually does give an interesting and fairly accurate picture of the plight of women in the 19th century. A silly plot, but teenage romance fans devour it.

Parents say

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

In the sequel to Both Sides of Time, Annie is now back in the present. She soon travels back in time. The simplistic, breathless plot is pulpy but entertaining, and will painlessly leave an impression of social conditions during the 19th century.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The cliffhanger ending of Both Sides of Time forgotten, Annie begins this book in the present. This will disappoint readers who left the first book eager to find Annie in a different time. Nevertheless, fans will love the escape thriller that follows.

Complete with irredeemably evil villains and a kind, innocent girl imprisoned in the asylum only because she was born ugly, the story won't tax readers' brains to distinguish the good guys from the bad; the characters are all one-dimensional. The ridiculous story could come from an early silent movie. Yet readers will learn even more about the restrictions against women in the late 19th century and other inequities of the time than they learned from the first book.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the restrictions against women and girls in the 19th century. What has changed since then? Do you think boys and girls (and men and women) are treated equally today?

Book details

Author:Caroline B. Cooney
Genre:Historical Fiction
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Random House
Publication date:January 1, 1996
Number of pages:210
Publisher's recommended age(s):12 - 14

This review of Out of Time (1996) was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byofee1211 December 23, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Out of time

What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 14 years old Written byjeremy123 August 31, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
hate it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide