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The Portal

(Tangled in Time #1)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  24 reviews
“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, Newber
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 19th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Elizabeth Stiner
This is a difficult review to write. Because I wanted to like this book. I was looking forward to it. Time travel and Queen Elizabeth? Good show! But at last, disappointment was waiting for me. It was quite drawn out. If it had been a bit shorter, it would have been considerably more enjoyable.

Right from the start, we are thrown into a country song. In the very first sentence, the protagonist Rose, is being bullied. Then we find out that her mother just died, and her father appears to be a deadb
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

The main idea of this book is fascinating but the execution really fell flat, in my opinion. It was ridiculously over the top when it came to bullying, extremely simplistic when the friendship was concerned and just wasn't that interesting half the time. I did enjoy Rose's personality and her relationship with Princess Elizabeth; plus the book presented some great ideas overa
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kathryn Lasky’s latest, Tangled in Time is a terrific time-traveling tale sure to tantalize fans of historical fiction AND fantasy in one fantastic swoop! Meet Rose, a little girl lost after the death of her mother and Rosalinda, her eccentric grandma who spends her time immersed in her elaborate greenhouse. When Rose begins to help with her grandma’s gardening tasks, she too becomes entangled in the mysteries hidden within the greenhouse, finding herself transported to the House of Tudor and fr ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is not the normal fairytale retelling, instead it is a fictional retelling of real princesses. This book took Rose from current day where she has lost everything and is now the new girl, to the time of Princess Elizabeth daughter off Anne Bolyn. In both times she is forced to deal with three mean girls. I really liked this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
The Portal is the first book in Lasky's Tangled in Time series. I quite enjoyed the setting of Hatfield during the sixteenth century. There were nice tidbits of information from the time period, like how people might have brushed their teeth with twigs of bayberry and juniper. Lasky also incorporated photo's of time period clothing and shoes as well as portions of Rose's blog posts, diary entries and letters she shares with Franny into the story. Truthfully, if Rose spent the whole time in Engla ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I feel so bad that I didn't like this book because the cover is just gorgeous, but the story really irritated me with how it treated some of the historical figures.
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Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher - thank you! All opinions are my own.

This book was a little disappointing in my opinion. The characters were all pretty flat and several plot points didn't really make sense. First, the characters - maybe I'm just way too old for this book, but I was annoyed by the main character Rose. She came off as very hipstery with her blogging and shopping at thrift stores for old clothes. Perhaps kids around the same age as the main
Maggie Noakes
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was highly anticipated in my reading circle, so I gave it a shot. I would have adored this as a younger child. As it stands, it was still enjoyable and focused on educational values. This book could act as an introduction into the Elizabethan time period, teach about casual customs, and more. It encourages the reader to do independent research.

The things that happened amongst the children seemed accurate, however, the way adults reacted did not. At one point an adult commits a grand a
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Tangled in Time: The Portal by Kathryn Lasky, 384 pages. Harper Collins, March 2019. $17

Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content:G ; Violence: G



Rose’s life has been turned upside down by her mother’s death. Now she is surviving the mean girls in her new sixth grade class who are jealous of her online fame as a fashion vlogger. Her new guardian, her grandmother, is forgetful, except when the two of them are working in the greenhouse. Som
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Overall, I thought this was a cute, fun middle grade read! The premise was interesting and I really enjoyed the parts where Rose travels back in time to Hatfield Palace where she serves Queen Elizabeth. The present timeline wasn’t my favourite though. I enjoyed the parts where Rose learns to horseback ride, but I felt like the bullying and the eventual resolution was a bit dramatic. The dialogue also felt a bit choppy and repetitive, though that could have changed since I’m reading the arc versi ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

I adore time travel fiction, and enjoy Lasky's work, but the beginning of this book made it very hard for me to get invested in the premise. Rose is a hugely popular blogger, but young people don't follow blogs. The new school mates are incredibly, incredibly mean. She is sent to live with a grandmother who is 80 and has dementia? Even if the grandmother has means and a caretaker, that seems like an unlikely choice. I will pass on this one, even though the time travel is
Lisa Kizer
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story just dragged on and on for me. Why is it the 1st book in a series? I don't know how to put this but I really did not like it but I could not put it down and ended up finishing the book. It was like I was hoping for something good to happen. The characters especially the Mean Queens were flat. Just a lot of " Ugh when is something besides time travel going to happen?" And that is sad when an exciting plot element comes off as tedious.
Derek Moore
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting book. Not only is the main character an orphan but she is placed with an aging grandmother she hardly knows, she is in a new school surrounded by mean girls who make life miserable and she is also a time traveler. A very well written book. Rose comes across as a strong character in Kathryn's book. In the end she finds her father.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun mixture of time travel and historical fiction where bullies are vanquished and true friends are made. I just wish the ending wrapped up more of the loose ends. It felt as if pages were missing.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this DRC.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite books. When I was little this was one of my very first books I've read. I highly recommend reading it. If you have a kid this would be the greatest book to lend them!
Karen Fan
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book, but it didn’t quite live up to the hype in my mind. Not enough background for anything, beginning dragged a bit, and then suddenly it was over. Also, cool that the present and the past matched/had similarities, but then there wasn’t anything more to it.
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
That was an adventurous story!

Review to come.
Mary Mackie
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Should never have read a book when the next one wasn't out yet... Waiting impatiently to find out what happens next!!
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Just LOOK at the cover! How gorgeous.
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Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.

She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

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