A Traveller in Time

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A Traveller in Time

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“A superb novel about a modern girl who finds herself in Renaissance England trying to save Mary, Queen of Scots.”
- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“A beautiful book...a form of enchanting ghost story, with the ghosts drawn in with the grace of a painter on a fan.”
-The Observer

“Mrs. Uttley writes with a delicate, richly imaginative touch, but always right at the level of a little child's understanding and interest.” -Books and Bookmen

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Alison Uttley (1884-1976) was highly educated for her day. She took a degree in physics, married, then became yet another woman widowed into authorship. She wrote prolifically, probably out of necessity, but remained a cut above, say, Enid Blyton. This early exemplar of a time travel book is a case in point. Penelope is sent for her health to Thackers, a very old family home in the country. Quietly comfortable in the ancient ways of the household, she soon finds herself wandering in and out of the house's Elizabethan past. Ah, but Thackers is no ordinary late sixteenth century establishment—rather a hotbed of Papist supporters of Mary Queen of Scots! Traveling between pre-World War II London and remote Derbyshire over a several year period, Penelope finds herself becoming part of the conspiracy: knowing its ending—the execution of Mary and her Thackers supporters—yet helpless to change the course of events. Uttley's slow, gentle unraveling of the characters and their significance makes for both a bittersweet story and an unforgettable history lesson. Kudos to the folks at the New York Review for bringing a prime Uttley back to life, on acid-free paper, too. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590173886
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,156,265
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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