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13-year-old Jen and her younger brother Ed are desperate to save the house in which their grandmother brought them up. But the only way to do that is prove that their grandmother’s one remaining treasure, a strange and beautiful tapestry, was made by more than a century ago by William Morris the sage of the Arts and Crafts Movement: The man appropriately called Tops could never stop designing, making, planning, and telling everyone what was beautiful. Making this and making that, tapestries, wallpaper, silver ornaments, stained glass, and even BOOKS!
Trouble was, Morris left a certain tapestry unfinished and that tapestry belonged to Granny and Granny had no money and the Museum man (who liked Granny’s Macaroons) couldn’t possibly buy it with those 12 odd blank spaces. Things quickly turn very strange for Jen, for Ed, and for Granny’s blackbird Mead, who turns out to know a thing or two about that mysterious tapestry. Guided only by an old poem, they find themselves toppling down into the tapestry—and right into William Morris’s life as they hunt down the missing pieces.
Like Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising or Edward Eager’s Half Magic books, Time and the Tapestry transports ordinary modern kids into a world far from their own, operating according to very different rules. The story will delight 4th through 9th graders who enjoyed Harry Potter, Narnia, Middle Earth, and other magical adventures. The scenes set in Canterbury, Oxford, the English countryside, Trafalgar Square, Iceland, and Boston will enchant those drawn to the tapestry of history.
Hardcover: 208 pages with 16 black and white illustrations
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Publication Date: May 2014
Ages 9 – 14
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Time and the Tapestry is John Plotz’s first children’s book. He teaches English at Brandeis University and is the author of two academic books, The Crowd and Portable Property. He and his family live in Brookline. He rereads The Hobbit, Huck Finn, and A Wizard of Earthsea as often as possible.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Phyllis Saroff is an artist whose work has appeared in books and magazines and her paintings of wildlife are used in outdoor displays in wildlife management areas across the country. She lives in Annapolis, MD.