Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Paperback, 9781599900810, 416pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 2007
Something frightening is happening with time. One moment, a time tornado rages through the streets of London, and those caught up in its path vanish without a trace. The next moment a woolly mammoth is seen lumbering along the banks of the River Thames. At the center of these bizarre time warps is a house called Tanglewreck, which is home to eleven-year-old Silver, her bony and bad-tempered aunt, Mrs Rokabye, and a mysterious clock known as the Timekeeper. Silver doesn't understand exactly what the Timekeeper does, but when two sinister figures come looking for it, she knows instinctively that she must guard it with her life.
"Jeanette Winterson's novels for adults have been praised for their experimentation, their hypnotic use of language, and their exploration of intellectual concepts of science and philosophy. Her first novel for children, TANGLEWRECK, contains all of these elements, wrapped up in a playful package and a genuinely captivating story." --KidsRead.com "The sheer exhilaration of the adventure and the many fascinating historical and scientific allusions will keep readers engrossed through to the satisfying conclusion." --Publishers Weekly "An appealing read for fantasy and science- fiction fans alike." --Kirkus Reviews "The adventure unfolds in a lucid, lyrical blend of fantasy, physics, and theology reminiscent of Madeleine L'Engle, but excels on its own terms, with a stubborn, fully developed heroine who overcomes the limitations of a commercialized world to earn the friendships and victories that save her life and country, if not her vanished family. Unabashedly intelligent, Tanglewreck guides readers through an exciting new level of the familiar universe of speculative fantasy."--Horn Book "Winterson masterfully weaves together an imaginative array of settings and characters to bring the story to its exhilarating fulfillment." --School Library Journal "Winterson seamlessly combines rousing adventure with time warps, quantum physics, and a few wonderfully hapless flunkies. Her clever science will draw fans of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and her dastardly villains and resourceful youngsters will remind readers of the Lemony Snicket's books about the hapless Baudelaires." --Booklist