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Title:
The portal
ISBN:
9780062693259
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
361 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Life used to be great for Rose: full of friends, a loving mom, and a growing fashion blog. But when her mother dies in a car crash, Rose is sent away to live with a strange grandmother she hardly knows and forced to attend a new school where mean girls ridicule her at every turn. The one place Rose finds refuge is in her grandmother?s Tudor-style greenhouse. But one night, she sees a strange light glowing from within it. She climbs a ladder to investigate . . . and finds herself transported back four hundred years to Hatfield Palace, where she becomes servant and confidante of the banished princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII. Rose soon discovers something else surprising?a locket with two mysterious images inside it, both of them clues to her own past. Could her grandmother?s greenhouse portal offer answers to the mysteries of her family . . . and their secrets? And how will she ever unravel them all?
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Summary

Summary

"Kathryn Lasky's latest is a sleight-of-hand that will have you clapping your hands. With the brio and big-heart that characterizes all of Lasky's work, this opening salvo of a new series can be heralded with trumpet fanfares and clouds of rose petals." --Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon

For fans of the Royal Diaries series and Gail Carson Levine, Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky delivers the first enchanting adventure in a compelling new middle grade series about a newly orphaned girl who finds herself time-travelling between the present day and the court of the two most memorable English princesses in history.

Life used to be great for Rose: full of friends, a loving mom, and a growing fashion blog.

But when her mother dies in a car crash, Rose is sent away to live with a strange grandmother she hardly knows and forced to attend a new school where mean girls ridicule her at every turn.

The only place Rose finds refuge is in her grandmother's greenhouse. But one night she sees a strange light glowing from within it. She goes to investigate...and finds herself transported back five hundred years to Hatfield Palace, where she becomes servant and confidant of the banished princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII.

Rose soon discovers something else amazing--a locket with two mysterious images inside it, both clues to her own past. Could the greenhouse portal offer answers to the mysteries of her family...and their secrets?


Author Notes

Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching.

She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-An orphaned tween fashion blogger travels back and forth between Elizabethan England and present-day America, searching for a place to call home. Fashionista Rose Ashley moves in with her grandmother after the unexpected death of Rose's single mother. Her forgetful grandmother only connects with Rose when they work together in her greenhouse, and it's there that Rose first tumbles through time and finds herself a 16th century servant of the future Queen Elizabeth I. As Rose tries to figure out how the time travel process works, each world presents similar experiences navigating friendships, bullies, and family connections. Then the possibility arises that she may reunite with the father she's never met. Lasky's descriptive writing illuminates her enthusiasm for the times of the House of Tudor. The time travel premise is exciting, but the sudden shifts between worlds can be confusing. The young protagonist must grapple with numerous issues in addition to her time traveling dilemma: the death of a parent, bullying, online fame, and searching for a biological parent. The result overwhelms rather than captivates, occasionally becoming downright frustrating. VERDICT Readers who enjoy plot twists and turns will embrace this historical fantasy.-Casey O'Leary, Mooresville P.L., IN © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

After her mother dies in a car crash, middle-schooler Rose is sent from Philadelphia to live with her grandmother in Indianapolis. At her new school, Rose befriends Myles, a boy with cerebral palsy, who becomes her ally against a trio of mean girls as the school year progresses. Then, while exploring her grandmother's greenhouse, Rose finds herself periodically transported back to Hatfield House, home of Princess Elizabeth during her exile from Henry VIII's court. Soon, Rose becomes a regular time-traveler, taking on the role of a trusted advisor to the young royal. Bouncing between the periods, Rose deals with courtly intrigue, middle-school bullies, and a deepening mystery regarding her father. Lasky (The Days of Forever Frost) sets up an engaging premise in this series opener, but the mechanics of Rose's time travel are somewhat fuzzy, and the contemporary setting is more vividly realized than the Tudor past. Still, the parallels between each era's bullies and the playful contrasts between Rose's modern sensibilities and her historical surroundings contribute to an entertaining story with an intriguing family mystery. Numerous open questions will help lead readers to the future planned volumes. Ages 8-12. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

A "time gypsy," 11-year-old Rose travels between 21st-century Indianapolis and 16th-century England searching for her father.Budding fashionista Rose designs clothing and writes a popular fashion blog. She's never known her father, so following her mother's untimely death, Rose goes to live with her slightly dotty grandmother, who treats her with "general indifference." At school she's immediately targeted by the Mean Queens, a trio of cruel girls known for destructive bullying. Drawn to her grandmother's otherworldly Tudor-style greenhouse, Rose tumbles backward in time to Hatfield, home of Princess Elizabeth, banished daughter of Henry VIII. Hired as Elizabeth's chambermaid, Rose finds herself embroiled in palace politics. When she receives a locket containing a modern photo of her with her mother and an unidentified man, Rose suspects he could be her father. Toggling between contemporary life with her grandmother and 16th-century life searching for her father, Rose fits amazingly (even incredibly) well into past and present, growing especially close with dairymaid Franny. Diary entries, letters, blog posts, and photos add pizzazz. A strong subtext comparing contemporary teen bullying to Tudor mockery of court dwarfs and fools proves relevant, though the term "gypsy" goes unquestioned. The ending offers a revelation about Franny and leaves Rose in the 16th century, ripe for further adventure. A convincing, compelling new time-travel series rife with Tudor drama. (Fantasy. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

After her mother's death, Rose is sent to Indianapolis to live in her frail grandmother Rosalinda's stately house. Feeling adrift, she becomes a target of vicious mean girls at her new school. Though her grief and the added stress are hard to bear, Rose makes a few friends, begins to feel closer to her forgetful grandmother, and discovers a secret: Rosalinda's conservatory offers a gateway for time travel to Princess Elizabeth's household, then at Hatfield Palace, while Henry VIII is king. Rose's story climaxes when she finds her father in sixteenth-century England. Between Rose's ventures into the past, time passes swiftly there, and at the story's end, Elizabeth's stepsister, Mary, is queen. Lasky, who wrote Elizabeth: Red Rose of the House of Tudor (1999) for the Royal Diaries series, now sets the scene convincingly in both periods. Rose's disorientation in the present makes her escapes into the past seem more plausible, while her longing for family gives her search for a father more urgency. This enjoyable time-travel chapter book will leave readers hoping for a sequel.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist