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A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
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Jun 26, 2012

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bookshelves: elizabethan, britain, farm, ghost, historical, juv, juv-fantasy
Read in September, 2013

This classic from the 1930s is an interesting mix of ghost story and historical chapter book, set in the bucolic English countryside. Three children are sent to relatives in Derbyshire to recover their health, and the youngest, Penelope, labeled sensitive, feels an immediate and strange connection to the place. She sees people who aren't there, former inhabitants of the farmhouse, whose connection to tragic historical events bring the book into the historical fiction genre. Penelope finds herself able to go back and forth at random, deeply enmeshed in both worlds. The writing is almost Dylan Thomas-esque with lush and wonderful descriptions of the countryside, the food, the country characters (Uncle Barnabas and Aunt Tissie) and the old, old farmhouse, steeped in history. This is a wonderful book, old fashioned but accessible. The interesting notion of times existing side by side, separated by a thin curtain, buoys the book up further. 5th grade and up.
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