The Portal

The Portal Review

“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, Newbery Honor-winning author Kathryn Lasky delivers the first enchanting adventure in a compelling new middle grade series about a newly orphaned girl who finds herself time-travelling between the present day and the court of the two most memorable English princesses in history.

Life used to be great for Rose: full of friends, a loving mom, and a growing fashion blog.

But when her mother dies in a car crash, Rose is sent away to live with a strange grandmother she hardly knows and forced to attend a new school where mean girls ridicule her at every turn.

The only place Rose finds refuge is in her grandmother’s greenhouse. But one night she sees a strange light glowing from within it. She goes to investigate...and finds herself transported back five hundred years to Hatfield Palace, where she becomes servant and confidant of the banished princess Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII.

Rose soon discovers something else amazing—a locket with two mysterious images inside it, both clues to her own past. Could the greenhouse portal offer answers to the mysteries of her family...and their secrets?

Title:The Portal
Edition Language:English

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    The Portal Reviews

  • Elizabeth Stiner

    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...

  • Mila

    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, ...

  • Gloria

    I'm desparate for book 2!...

  • Kristin

    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 dea...

  • Tamii

    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 ...

  • Brenda

    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 ...

  • Charlotte

    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. ...

  • Dany

    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 ...

  • Kayla

    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 a...

  • Katy Wilmotte

    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...