Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

Once Was a Time

Leila Sales

272 pages first pub 2016 (editions)

fiction historical middle grade emotional lighthearted fast-paced


In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselve...

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Community Reviews Summary of 157 reviews


adventurous 57%
emotional 57%
lighthearted 42%
funny 28%
hopeful 28%
inspiring 28%
dark 14%
informative 14%
reflective 14%
sad 14%


medium 60%
fast 40%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 33%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 66% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | Yes: 33%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 33%

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