Time Windows [NOOK Book]

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When Miranda moves with her family to a new house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers a mysterious antique--a dollhouse. Through the windows, she is shocked to find what seem to be living people in the tiny rooms, and gradually she realizes that scenes from the lives of the big house’s past inhabitants are being replayed there. “With numerous deftly sketched characters, including a sympathetic boy next door, an intriguing plot, and such dividends as a secret room used to hide escaping slaves, this should...
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Time Windows

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Overview

When Miranda moves with her family to a new house in a small Massachusetts town, she discovers a mysterious antique--a dollhouse. Through the windows, she is shocked to find what seem to be living people in the tiny rooms, and gradually she realizes that scenes from the lives of the big house’s past inhabitants are being replayed there. “With numerous deftly sketched characters, including a sympathetic boy next door, an intriguing plot, and such dividends as a secret room used to hide escaping slaves, this should keep readers interested. Well wrought and entertaining.”--Kirkus Reviews

Thirteen-year-old Miranda moves with her family to a small Massachusetts town and a new house in which a mysterious dollhouse allows her to see into the past, where she discovers her new home exerts an evil influence on the women of each generation of inhabitants--including Miranda's mother.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus
With numerous deftly sketched characters, including a sympathetic boy next door, an intriguing plot, and such dividends as a secret room used to hide escaping slaves, this should keep readers interested. Well wrought and entertaining.
KLIATT
Miranda, age 13, becomes a recluse when her family moves from their New York apartment into a large home in Garnet, Massachusetts. However, it is not the move that affects her, but, rather, an old dollhouse that she finds in the attic. This dollhouse, an exact replica of their house, has a strange and eerie quality to it. Miranda begins to spend all of her time peering through its windows, in which she sees scenes from the past lives of three families, living generations apart. Through information she finds in the library and receives from her music teacher, Miranda discovers that the people in the windows lived in her house before. As she sees more scenes from their lives, Miranda notices that the dollhouse causes strange things to happen to every woman who comes to her house, especially her mother. Miranda's mother becomes forgetful, abusive, ill with headaches—qualities that she shares with the women from the past. Miranda even becomes overpowered with extreme feelings of fear and panic that follow a strange scent of magnolia in the air. Eventually, she realizes that she is the only who can make things right again by helping a little girl from the past. The problem is figuring out what she is supposed to do. This book is a great lesson in the important of the history of families and how the past and present intertwine. Because of this, time shifts are used a great deal and could be a teaching tool for educators. Readers will enjoy this book for its mystery, magic, and suspense. Reiss combines characteristics of both SF and fantasy while keeping the characters and story line believable. Students will come away wondering whether this could really happen. A great read. KLIATTCodes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1991, Harcourt, 260p, 18cm, 90-22018, $6.00. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Shaunna S. Silva; Teacher, St. James School, Biddeford, ME, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
Children's Literature
Thirteen-year-old Miranda Browne moves with her parents from New York to an old house of their own in a small Massachusetts town where she finds a doll house in the attic that is an exact replica of her new house. Looking through the windows, Miranda is able to see events that took place in the past. Gradually, Miranda realizes that the house has a negative influence on the women who have lived there. Miranda unravels the house's secret and thus frees it—and its residents—from an evil spell. Her actions also change the past in the process. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an Iowa Teen Award winner, the suspenseful tale is well-plotted, taut, and satisfying. A subplot involves Miranda's friendship with Dan, a neighbor boy, who helps solve the mystery. An additional nugget is the book's reference to the Underground Railroad. 2000 (orig. 1991), Harcourt, and $6.00. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547545806
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/15/1991
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 254,720
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • File size: 246 KB

Meet the Author

KATHRYN REISS is the author of Time Windows, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; The Glass House People; Dreadful Sorry; Pale Phoenix, a finalist for the Edgar Award; and most recently, PaperQuake: A Puzzle. A master of the time-travel mystery genre, "Reiss slips between past and present with a callous alacrity that is wondrously effective" (Kirkus Reviews). She lives with her family in Northern California.
www.midgard.com/KReiss/KReissInfo.html
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    The book was awesome. It was so suspenseful it made me want to k

    The book was awesome. It was so suspenseful it made me want to keep reading. One of the best books I have ever read. It was covered with suspense and cliffhangers especially when they found the dead body........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    An Old Favorite

    I read this book when I was in fifth grade. I'm a junior in high school now and this is still one of my favorite books. It's so intriguing and suspensful. I recommend this for every reader - from young readers to adults! It's chilling in a great way and an awesome read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Book was amazing. Kept my interest to the point I could not put

    Book was amazing. Kept my interest to the point I could not put it down. One of my favorites to re-read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Good book

    :) Quite gopd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Re: OMG!

    I just have to say that I had the same experience. The best books I have ever read and the ones I will hold on to forever are the ones where I truly felt like I was there. The emotions, the voices, the sights and smells: Time Windows, Ring of Endless Light and Ella Enchanted get me every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Good

    Would'nt have read this usually but was looking for a book it was a pleseant surprise

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    OMG!....

    I FINALLY FOUND IT!... AFTER 18 YEARS... BEST BOOK EVER!!
    I WAS 15 WHEN I READ THE BOOK, NOW I HAVE A 13 YEAR OLD SON AND I'M BUYING ONE FOR HIM.

    I LOVE THIS BOOK IT TOOK ME WERE NO OTHER BOOK TOOK ME.
    i FELT AS IF I WAS IN THE STORY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    Wonderful

    I read this aloud to my children. They loved it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Hooked on book

    This has to be the best book ever!! I had to read it for school for 6th grade. I thought it would be really boring like all the other books but boy did it shock me it was not boring at all and i could barely put it down. the book was so diffrent like none of the books I have ever read before. I just LOVED IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    a rock'n book

    I read time windows in 5th grade and it rocked!!!! any one who likes thrillers or mystery books has to read this!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Best book ever

    This is my absolute favorite book! I'v read it many times, and it never gets less suspensful. I highly recomend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2005

    one of the best books ever!!!!!!!!

    this was a great book! once i started it i couldn't put it down! it was a little confusing when it went from miranda's house to the dollhouse scenes, but other than that it was perfect! i'd recommend it for any ages- i liked it(im 13) and my mom did too! read this--its worth the time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    A Great Book

    Before I read this, I hadn't read any ghost stories for a long time. But I saw Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge in my library, and I saw the review for Time Windows on the back. I decided to take it out, and I loved it. I haven't been able to stop reading Kathryn Reiss books since. In fact, after I was done with it, I was sure that something else had to happen. I mean, it was just so good that something else had to happen. Then I saw Pale Phoenix, and was so happy to find out that Miranda was in it too. But this book was one of the greatest ever published, and I really, REALLY enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Great!

    Reiss is a winderful writer and time windows proves that. It's about a girl who moves into her new house but there's a doll house already there. Looking through the dollhouse she can see scences that happened in the past in her house. It was a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2005

    The Best Book Ever

    I have read sooooo many books, and this is the best one ever! I read it once in third grade, and started looking for it again this year. I finally found it and read it again. It was soooooooooo good, you have to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    The best stimulating book I have ever read!

    This page-turning mystery was my favorite book ever. I've read a lot of Kathryn Reiss's books and I found them all amazing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2004

    GREAT

    I loved this book it is one of my favorites, I just thought how everything changed at the end was weird, I wished that Dan woul remember most of it... O well it was so scary and suspensful...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    Amazing and heartwarming.

    I loved it! I love to read and this is one of the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!! It made me sob even though it was a great ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    One of the Greatest books I've ever read!

    This book was sooo awsome! its a mixture of a scary story and a mystery. It was such a good book that I kept going back and reading my favorite parts. that was so sad when she saw Dorothy starving to death. I felt so sorry for her. Its a great book and I recommend it to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    the best book ever

    this book is so good even though in still reading it when they find Dorthry is so sad any way if you haven't read the book read it .

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