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Tanglewreck

By Jeanette Winterson

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 July 2006
In a house called Tanglewreck lives a girl called Silver and her guardian Mrs Rockerbye. 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.

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First full length novel by renowned author Jeanette Winterson. A quest fantasy with a wonderful cast of characters, fabulous adventure and brilliantly written.

About the Author

This is Jeanette Winterson's second book for children. Her first book, 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.

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"The sheer exhilaration of the adventure and the many fascinating historical and scientific allusions will keep readers engrossed," said PW about this "romp through space and time with an intrepid 11-year-old heroine." Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'If you want true literary genius, read Jeanette Winterson's young-adult novels, a stunning new facet of her career which began with Tanglewreck. They're too clever for me to summarise' Guardian

Gr 6-10-A Time Tornado drops ancient horsemen and chariots into present-day London and causes a busload of school children to disappear into thin air. A mysterious, self-proclaimed scientist known as Regalia Mason secretly seeks to profit from this event and other disturbances so that she can harvest spare time and sell it through her company. Meanwhile, a sinister alchemist named Abel Darkwater seeks a clock known as the Timekeeper in order to become even more powerful than Mason. At the center of this struggle is an orphan named Silver and her 500-year-old house, Tanglewreck, where she lives with her "aunt" as the prophesied Keeper of the Clock. She embarks on a prophecy-fulfilling interstellar journey to locate the Timekeeper and guarantee the safety of time as we know it. Winterson masterfully weaves together an imaginative array of settings and characters to bring the story to its exhilarating fulfillment. Silver's varied relationships add even more depth, encapsulating family, friendship, deceit, and abuse. Some explanations of futuristic technology, concepts of time and space, and even humor will likely be too challenging for most children younger than the book's 11-year-old protagonist, but this time-bending sci-fi adventure will be a fine addition to young adult collections.-Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780747583554
ISBN: 0747583552
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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