Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme Series #1)

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme Series #1)

by Megan Morrison


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ISBN-13: 9780545638265
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Tyme , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 530,948
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Megan Morrison is a middle-school drama teacher and a writer. She cofounded the Harry Potter fanfiction site the Sugar Quill, and has been developing the world of Tyme since 2003. She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her family. Please visit her website at and her blog at, and follow her on Twitter at @megtyme.

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Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel (Tyme Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Morgan_S_M More than 1 year ago
If you love fairy tales, adventure, whimsy, emotionally complex characters, and imaginative world building, you have to read this book! I absolutely adore fairy tale retellings. That alone drew me to Grounded, along with the adorable, vibrant cover. But when I read that Megan Morrison had been developing the land of Tyme for over 10 years, co-founded a Harry Potter fanfic site back in 2003, and had a fantastic blurb from Leaky Cauldron founder Melissa Anelli my curiosity was at an all time high. If Melissa believed that Grounded was as imaginative and charming and all-encompassing as Harry Potter, it had to be… right? I am so happy to say that it IS! I don’t think I’ve ever read another book that I would more readily give to fans of Harry Potter. It’s not even anything like the wizarding world. It’s the intangibles, the whimsically detailed world building and sense of history, the fascinating characters, the dichotomy of good and evil and the realization that there is a very large gray area in between that gives credence to the comparison. Grounded is also incredibly well written, funny, and exciting. It’s an exhilarating MG fantasy and a pure delight to read. I was swept away on this magical, emotional journey that I hadn’t expected! Morrison’s Rapunzel reminded me of a mix of Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled and Cress from The Lunar Chronicles, but with more attitude. She has only known her perfect, magical life in the tower and everything that Witch has ever told her. When a thief named Jack appears at her tower claiming that her life is a lie, Rapunzel is furious but it sets off a chain reaction that kick starts her adventure. It’s actually frustrating to read at first since you know that Jack is right, but you really earn Rapunzel’s story this way. Watching Rapunzel change and experience the world is fascinating. She is suspicious and naive but Jack reluctantly teaches her on their quest and Rapunzel learns how to be a friend to others, and how to trust her own instincts as well as other people. She wrestles with weighty ideas such as morality and love and grief, all in age appropriate but thoughtful ways. And she and Jack are a liiiittle too young to ship (there isn’t romance in the book to speak of) but their gradual friendship is heartwarming and of course I hope it blossoms in the future! They both have courage and charisma to spare. Grounded is a funny book with charming locales and characters. It’s also quirky- Rapunzel has a pet frog and is a great jacks player. She is often blunt to the point of being rude, but incredibly full of life and love. There are princes and towers and fairies and secrets and lost loves. There is a lot of action and traversing the country. The Ubiquitous store seems right out of Diagon Alley. And as with every good book, there is more to Witch’s story that meets the eye. The world feels BIG but you never feel lost in it as a reader. I wanted to explore it all, learn more about the Hundred Year Day, the different realms, the magic and history of Tyme. It’s going to be a companion series so we’ll get to meet new main characters and hear their stories while old friends pop in and out. I’m so excited by that concept! It’s a joyful book but it’s dark at times and doesn’t shy away from the notion of death, much like Harry Potter. It’s smart, descriptive, and full of fairy tale magic. I can’t recommend Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel highly enough, it’s one of my favorite books of the year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spunky. Very spunky.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it is so good!!!!!!!!!!*:)
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
From the cover, Grounded looks like any other Rapunzel spinoff: a girl with long golden hair stuck in a tower by an evil witch. However, from the very first page you can tell that your assumption is not correct. Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel is a unique novel written by Megan Morrison about a young girl named Rapunzel, only in this book, she enjoys being in the tower and loves the witch like a mother. She has a good reason for that though, because the witch, or as Rapunzel calls her "Witch" takes care of her and keeps her away from danger. Grounded also features other fairytale characters such as Jack from Jack And The Beanstalk. When Jack climbs Rapunzel's tower and gives her some surprising information concerning Witch's safety, Rapunzel becomes determined to do whatever it takes to save the only mother she has ever known. Rapunzel meets a very opinionated frog, the Governor (the Yellow Countries' leader), a giant, fairies, and more! My favorite part in Grounded is when Rapunzel competes in the jacks tournament and has a little "frog trouble". But then again I also loved when Rapunzel was in The Woodmother! No matter your book taste, Grounded will have you questioning the true story behind all of the fairy tales, and will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure! Reviewed by Meagan W., age 12, Columbus Area Mensa
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This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Rapunzel lived in a tower, and she had everything she wanted. Witch gave it to her. Witch loved her. And Rapunzel was happy. That is, until a boy climbs her tower and claims that they’ve met. Even weirder, they met… Yesterday. But how is that possible? Rapunzel would have remembered. So, Rapunzel decides he’s lying. Yet somehow, he has her handkerchief. Could what he say be… true? Then, he steals a rose and runs off. What choice does Rapunzel have? She follows him. And thus begins the adventure of a lifetime. What I Thought- This was a great book. I like how it explains that Rapunzel has no hard feelings towards the Witch – after all, Witch did raise her. I often thought that about the Rapunzel story – she sees the Witch as her mom but then again she’s been her prisoner – very weird situation… I digress. Ms. Morrison has written a wonderful book about so much more than the Rapunzel story. The story is full of adventure, and a slightly wacky world. The story is filled with humor, the right amount of tension and a plot line that keeps the reader interested. I found it funny how all of the countries were named, based on colors – nice detail. Rapunzel is a great character, kind of single-minded and gullible, but that is explainable (she was raised in a tower afterall). The book plays on questions that the original Rapunzel fairytale created like “Why would Rapunzel want to be kidnapped from her home?” or “Why was Rapunzel’s father so idiotic to trade his only daughter for a piece of food?”. Things like that. :) The book very funny, and will have you rolling on the floor! Based on this book, I’d be happy to read more from Ms. Morrison. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review