Synopses & Reviews
Magic is just a way of setting things right...
Miri is the non-twin child in a family with two sets of them older brothers and younger sisters. The family has just moved to an old farmhouse in a new town, where the only good thing seems to be Miri's ten-sided attic bedroom. But when Miri gets sent to her room after accidentally bashing her big brother on the head with a shovel, she finds herself in the same room...only not quite.
Without meaning to, she has found a way to travel back in time to 1935 where she discovers Molly, a girl her own age very much in need of a loving family. A highly satisfying classic-in-the-making full of spine-tingling moments, this is a delightful time-travel novel for the whole family.
"Not only is 11-year-old Miri a middle child, but she's stuck between two sets of twins, neither of which will let Miri tag along as they explore the nooks and crannies of the family's new house. Good thing Miri has a wild imagination to keep her company and a powerful belief in magic, too. She needs both for this clever take on the through-the-looking-glass(es) adventure that Barrows (Ivy and Bean) spins for her. 'Magic is just a way of setting things right,' Miri learns after peering through an eyeglass she discovers in her room and then suddenly finding herself in the company of a girl who could almost be Miri's twin, except that the year is now 1935. Barrows limits the fantasy to the simple but effective time-travel device, using it sparingly as Miri bravely sets about making things right for her new friend and eventually herself. Readers will savor the author's lively observations (thinking she is trapped in the past, Miri 'consider[s] the fact that several of her favorite books would not be published for seventy more years. 'Great.... When I'm in my eighties I'll find out what happens to Harry Potter' '), while the heroine's adaptability and independent thinking endow her with the appeal of a Ramona Quimby or a Clementine. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Barrows conjures up a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure that will surely enchant readers everywhere." —School Library Journal
"The heroines adaptability and independent thinking endow her with the appeal of a Ramona Quimby or a Clementine." —Publishers Weekly
"Barrows once again presents utterly real kids . . . this is pleasing fare that adds a bit of history and a tad of mystery into the mix." —Booklist
Miri is the only single child in the middle of a family with two sets of twins--older brothers and younger sisters. When the family moves to an old farmhouse Miri accidentally travels back in time to 1935 only to discover Molly, a girl in need of a real family to call her own. A very satisfying classic-in-the-making, with spine-tingling moments, this is a delightful family-friendly middle grade time-slip novel.
The time-traveling adventure from Ivy and Bean best-selling author, Annie Barrows, has a brand new look.
About the Author
Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in northern California with her husband and two daughters.