Tyme #1: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

By Megan Morrison

You know the tower, the hair, and the witch. But in the land of Tyme, that's just the start of the story….

Rapunzel has never visited a fairy court, or won a jacks tournament, or slept under the stars. She hasn't outwitted a Stalking beast, or made a friend, or adopted a very opinionated frog. She knows only her enchanted tower, which obeys her every command, and her wonderful Witch, who guards her against evil princes far below. Beautiful, beloved, and innocent, Rapunzel can't imagine a happier life.

But when a thief named Jack climbs into her tower, that happy life breaks open forever. Because Rapunzel learns then that Witch is in terrible danger - and to keep her safe, she must leave her tower and journey with Jack on a quest far across Tyme. There she finds a world filled with even more peril than Witch promised… and more magic, wonder, and excitement than she ever dreamed.

Much more than just a retelling of the story of Rapunzel, Grounded is a marvelous adventure, a moving family drama, and a captivating introduction to the world of Tyme - with many tales to come.

Reviews and Awards

⋆ “The novel does not miss a beat in creating Tyme, a beautifully described world with a seamless fusion of magical and nonmagical beings, scenery and objects…. The characters are refreshingly three-dimensional, helping readers empathize with Rapunzel as she wrestles with universal feelings of love and betrayal - and priming readers of fairy tales to anticipate such novels as Wicked. Readers will be eager for more episodes of the intrepid team of Rapunzel and Jack.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⋆ “Morrison has a deft hand with both world-building and pacing, carefully constructing the geography and various politics of the fairy-tale world of Tyme in between chase scenes, bridge collapses, narrow escapes, and bargains with all sorts of devious beings. Rapunzel and Jack have an easy, witty banter going as they quest, adding a much appreciated dollop of humor to their tale.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

"Fans of traditional and fractured fairy tales will thoroughly enjoy this new twist on an old story." - School Library Journal

"Those expecting a Disneyesque Rapunzel in Morrison’s debut, first in the Tyme series, will be pleasantly surprised by the novel’s emotional depth and inventiveness…. A full-bodied world worth revisiting." - Publishers Weekly

"Morrison’s cuttingly clever take on classic tales will please readers and keep them hungry for more. Finding out the truth behind the tale has never been so snarky." - Booklist 

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Spring 2015
Middle Grade Novel
ISBN: 978-0-545-63826-5
Price: $17.99 / $20.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 384
Foreign Rights: Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Translation Rights: Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Rights Available? yes