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Time Windows
     

Time Windows

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by Kathryn Reiss
 

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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

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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 keep readers interested. Well wrought and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547545806
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/15/1991
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
502,675
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
File size:
496 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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Time Windows 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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........
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was amazing. Kept my interest to the point I could not put it down. One of my favorites to re-read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:) Quite gopd!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would'nt have read this usually but was looking for a book it was a pleseant surprise
MAGNOLIA78 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read time windows in 5th grade and it rocked!!!! any one who likes thrillers or mystery books has to read this!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book! I'v read it many times, and it never gets less suspensful. I highly recomend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazingly wonderful and captivating book! It draws you so close to the plot and its mystery, it feels as Miranda would have felt. She couldn't resist the lure of the dollhouse, which in my case, is the book. It is a perfectly spun tale, mixing fun and tragedy, redemption and the truths that we sometimes hate to admit to ourselves. This book is not just a book for kids, although it's intended as one. I think adults who enjoy mystery and carefully crafted magic will enjoy it too. It was spun with a careful delicacy, the danger and abnormalities sneaking up on you. And then of course, there's the end. The sinking recognition of Miranda's accomplishments. And all that unsaid material leaves for vivid imagining! Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so great. I love it. I read it in the 6th grade and couldn't find it anywhere. I finally saw it on this site. Read this!!