The Door That Led to Where

288p. ebook available. Delacorte. Nov. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399549977.
Gr 7 Up—AJ Flynn is a typical underachiever. He has failed all but one of his final exams, and now that he is 17, his future seems grim. Despite his less than stellar academic career, AJ lands an interview with a prestigious London law firm thanks to his mother's connections. Once he is hired, AJ finds a key that opens a door to the past—1830 London. During his journey between worlds, AJ has a decision to make. Should he stay in the present or start a new life in the past? Gardner creates a world where a door that connects the present to the past seems believable. She anchors each version of the city using the appropriate landmarks of London, past and present. The characters feel universal, and many teens will be able to connect to their hopes and dreams. The pacing and plot development are seamless, which adds to the story's easy readability.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase for YA collections.

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