Tanglewreck

Tanglewreck

by Jeanette Winterson
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Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson

But Time is big business, and whoever gets control of Time controls life as we know it!


In a house called Tanglewreck lives a girl called Silver and her guardian Mrs Rokabye. Unbeknown to Silver there is a family treasure in the form of a seventeenth-century watch called the Timekeeper, and this treasure holds the key to the mysterious and frightening changes in time. When Silver goes on the run to try and protect herself and the Timekeeper, a remarkable and compelling adventure unfolds, full of brilliance and wit, as is befitting an author with the imagination and style of Jeanette Winterson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408825389
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 538,840
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

This is Jeanette Winterson's second book for children. Her first book, The King of Capri, illustrated by Jane Ray, was very well received. Jeanette's first novel, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, won the Whitbread Award.
Jeanette Winterson's first novel for children, Tanglewreck, was widely admired. She is at her most inventive, lyrical, imaginative and brilliant in The Battle of the Sun published by Bloomsbury in November 2009 and in paperback in June 2010.

Jeanette won the Whitbread for her first book, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. She lives in Oxfordshire and travels extensively lecturing about her work.

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Tanglewreck 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
animalsandmagic More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a really well written sci-fi novel. I am a fan of time travel and found the time facts very interested and well blended into this fictional tale. I also found the subjects about gaining and losing time to be very relatable as this seems to happen to me all the time. I love how the author explains these things in the book. I believe that those who like books about time travel or who often find themselves feeling as if they are often losing or gaining days will enjoy this book.
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nodnal11 More than 1 year ago
this book rock if you like sci-fi
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Time is not behaving itself. Trains stall in time, then rush ahead as if to catch up, pyramids appear in London, a school bus gets sucked into a Time Tornado and vanishes, and there have been woolly mammoth sightings in the park. Most people can't make any sense of it, and it's getting worse. And the people who do understand it, well, they might be the most dangerous of all.

Silver is an eleven-year-old orphan, alone in the world. Well, not completely alone. She has Mrs. Rockabye, the aunt who mysteriously appeared after the death (or maybe disappearance) of Silver's family. Silver thinks that she'd rather be alone than with Mrs. Rockabye, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon. For now Silver's greatest comfort is her house, Tanglewreck. It comforts her, soothes her, and even speaks to her. She knows about the strangeness of time, but as long as she can stay at Tanglewreck, she doesn't seem to be too concerned.

Abel Darkwater knows about time, and he understands why it's behaving strangely. Abel is sure that time can be controlled, and that whoever controls time will control the universe. Abel intends to be that person. He's sure that all he needs is the Timekeeper. And he's positive that Silver knows where it is. After all, Silver's dad was bringing it to Abel on the day the family died.

Silver is in a race against time, literally, to keep the Timekeeper safe. If only she knew where it was. Or what it was. With the help of her strange, new, old friend, Gabriel, Silver will have to travel to unknown places and times on a quest for something she's never seen.

I've always loved time travel stories, and this one is no exception. This is the first story I've read that has dealt with the actual alteration of time as opposed to the adjustments of the main character inside a particular time. Although that's in here, too. And, I have to say that this is the closest I've ever come to understanding Quantum Theory. (Something I'm sure would be very disappointing to all of the science teachers I've ever had.) Don't let that intimidate you though. Previous knowledge is (obviously) not required. Whether or not you come away with an understanding of that is not really even the point, though a nice side benefit. The point is that this is a very good, interesting, and well-written story. Plain and simple. You should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the author tried to take every stray thought she had about time and cram it into a book whether it belonged there or not. I'd rather she had developed one or two main thoughts into a decent story. My main gripe is that the story is not consistent with itself -- I'm willing to believe in a world if it follows it's own rules, this one doesn't. The characters are one dimensional & seem like poor knock-offs from other books.