The Portal

The Portal

?Kathryn Lasky?s latest is a sleight-of-hand that will have you clapping your hands. With the brio and big-heart that characterizes all of Lasky?s work, this opening salvo of a new series can be heralded with trumpet fanfares and clouds of rose petals.? ?Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Egg & Spoon For fans of the Royal Diaries series and Gail Carson Levine, Newber ?Kathryn Lasky?s latest is a sleight-of-hand that will have you clapping your hands. With the brio a...

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Title:The Portal
Author:Kathryn Lasky
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:The Portal
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Portal Reviews

  • Kristy
    May 04, 2019
    3.5 stars. This is a fun if slightly flawed book. I love stories that have to do with the Tudors and since this was a time travel story where the main character is transported from modern times back to the Tudor court, I was definitely interested. The time travel stuff was a little bit...
  • Sarah
    May 13, 2019
    was pretty bummed to get to the end of this and realize that it's but the first in a series and everything was not resolved.  There are a lot of threads in this story, sometimes successfully woven together, other times less so. I loved Rose's 21st century perspective on the behavio...
  • Brenda
    Apr 10, 2019
    The Portal is the first book in Lasky's Tangled in Time series. I quite enjoyed the setting of Hatfield during the sixteenth century. There were nice tidbits of information from the time period, like how people might have brushed their teeth with twigs of bayberry and juniper. Lasky al...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 15, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus I adore time travel fiction, and enjoy Lasky's work, but the beginning of this book made it very hard for me to get invested in the premise. Rose is a hugely popular blogger, but young people don't follow blogs. The new school mates are incredibly, incredib...
  • Attica Musings
    May 03, 2019
    Lovely story! I am certainly looking forward to more! How do I give a great review with absolutely no spoilers? Difficult. This was definitely a great read with definite tangles with time. The imagery and history are wonderful. I was was surprised by several things, which added to ...
  • Kristin
    Sep 20, 2018
    Kathryn Lasky?s latest, Tangled in Time is a terrific time-traveling tale sure to tantalize fans of historical fiction AND fantasy in one fantastic swoop! Meet Rose, a little girl lost after the death of her mother and Rosalinda, her eccentric grandma who spends her time immersed in ...
  • Susan
    Jan 02, 2019
    A fun mixture of time travel and historical fiction where bullies are vanquished and true friends are made. I just wish the ending wrapped up more of the loose ends. It felt as if pages were missing. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for this DRC. ...
  • Gretchen
    May 19, 2019
    At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to last until the end of this book. The bullying of the girls in the beginning and a character I didn't much care for at first with her vintage clothing began as a bit of a turn off to me. Even when Rose first slipped into time and came into the c...
  • Kayla
    Jan 24, 2019
    I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher - thank you! All opinions are my own. This book was a little disappointing in my opinion. The characters were all pretty flat and several plot points didn't really make sense. First, the characters - maybe I'm...
  • Lisa Kizer
    Apr 10, 2019
    This story just dragged on and on for me. Why is it the 1st book in a series? I don't know how to put this but I really did not like it but I could not put it down and ended up finishing the book. It was like I was hoping for something good to happen. The characters especially the Mean...
  • Christine
    Jun 06, 2019
    I will be honest. I wanted to read this book because of the gorgeous cover. I also know that Kathryn Lasky is a well-respected author. Sadly, the book doesn't get good until Rose starts to travel back in time. After this, the plot picks up significantly. The problem is that the time...
  • Tamii
    Aug 08, 2018
    This book is not the normal fairytale retelling, instead it is a fictional retelling of real princesses. This book took Rose from current day where she has lost everything and is now the new girl, to the time of Princess Elizabeth daughter off Anne Bolyn. In both times she is forced to...
  • Katy Wilmotte
    Apr 27, 2019
    I just...don't understand. Ok first, props for the cover. Very appealing cover, and the audiobook narrator was pretty good too. And granted, I'm hardly the target age/audience for such a book; perhaps my 10-year old self would have enjoyed it (Perhaps). But while I normally enj...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Jan 21, 2019
    Tangled in Time: The Portal by Kathryn Lasky, 384 pages. Harper Collins, March 2019. $17 Language: PG (7 swears, 0 ?f?); Mature Content:G ; Violence: G BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW Rose?s life has been turned upside down by her mother?s de...
  • Derek Moore
    Dec 27, 2018
    What an interesting book. Not only is the main character an orphan but she is placed with an aging grandmother she hardly knows, she is in a new school surrounded by mean girls who make life miserable and she is also a time traveler. A very well written book. Rose comes across as a str...
  • Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    Apr 09, 2019
    Overall, I thought this was a cute, fun middle grade read! The premise was interesting and I really enjoyed the parts where Rose travels back in time to Hatfield Palace where she serves Queen Elizabeth. The present timeline wasn?t my favourite though. I enjoyed the parts where Rose l...
  • Maggie Noakes
    Mar 29, 2019
    This book was highly anticipated in my reading circle, so I gave it a shot. I would have adored this as a younger child. As it stands, it was still enjoyable and focused on educational values. This book could act as an introduction into the Elizabethan time period, teach about casual c...
  • Melissa Neufer
    Jun 12, 2019
    A great book. Loved very much. Didn't feel rushed nor did it lag. A good steady pace to read. The Tudors are my favorite historical family so while (obviously) not historically accurate with the main character involved, the historic events are accurate and I really appreciate that as a...
  • Teresa Edmunds
    May 24, 2019
    This book is about a girl, Rose, who lives with her grandma and goes back in time. Rose tries to find her dad while she is back in time. I liked the book because the chapters were short and I could read a few of them each day. I also liked that after I read a chapter, I would want to r...
  • TJL
    Jun 08, 2019
    Jesus, glad I didn't buy this one. Lowlights: -Rose is in 1540s England, and nobody questions her accent or slang; it's there and gone and of course no one pays attention to it or interrogates her about it. Same with her supposed connections to the Ashleys; nobody ever asks any q...
  • Sarah
    Apr 20, 2019
    The author successfully interweaves history in a way that will interest and engage middle school and upper elementary aged readers. The present day arc dealt with bullying but only superficially. The most enjoyable parts were Rose?s love of fashion design, time travel, the greenhouse...
  • Shelley
    May 12, 2019
    To be fair, I will pick up any book I see that has anything to do with Tudor England and I love historical fiction so I was probably predestined to like this book. And boy, did I!! The Portal is an exquisitely crafted story of a girl moving between current Indianapolis and Tudor Englan...
  • Elizabeth Stiner
    Dec 28, 2018
    This is a difficult review to write. Because I wanted to like this book. I was looking forward to it. Time travel and Queen Elizabeth? Good show! But at last, disappointment was waiting for me. It was quite drawn out. If it had been a bit shorter, it would have been considerably more e...
  • Mila
    Sep 25, 2018
    The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review. The main idea of this book is fascinating but the execution really fell flat, in my opinion. It was ridiculously over the top when it came to bullying, extremel...
  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    May 05, 2019
    Oh how I just loved this book and can not wait for the next! The story follows Rose, a young girl that had to go and live with her Grandmother after her Mother died in a car crash. Rose never knew her Father but has a locket that was given to her by her Mother that has a picture of a m...
  • Shane
    Jun 01, 2019
    So this book is literally my 3rd favorite book ever. Of course, I expected to like it. I enjoyed the concept of a girl travelling back into time and meeting Elizabeth I as a child. But oh my freaking god I loved this book so much! I remember when I decided when I was going to maybe ...
  • Ellen Hamilton
    May 14, 2019
    Give me a Kathryn Lasky book any time; I know that it will lift my mood, calm my soul, and remind me about the magic of dreams. I loved, loved, loved, this middle-grade novel with all my heart. I need to see this as a movie, like as soon as possible!!! First of all, the cover is gor...
  • Dany
    Jan 17, 2019
    The book was a mess. Utter mess. The author is a lady with old writing style. The starting was really interesting and the book had great potential. But it got worse. It was like a mix of mean girls in a history book. It's not at all fair and full of cliche's . The story is a ...
  • Gloria
    Apr 23, 2019
    I'm desparate for book 2! ...
  • Charlotte
    Apr 03, 2019
    I feel so bad that I didn't like this book because the cover is just gorgeous, but the story really irritated me with how it treated some of the historical figures. ...