A Tale of Time City

A Tale of Time City


By (author) Diana Wynne Jones, Introduction by Ursula K Le Guin

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 334 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 33mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142420158
  • ISBN 13: 9780142420157
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 85,332

Product description

A thrilling story by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones withan introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin. London, 1939. Vivian Smith thinks she is being evacuated to the countryside, because of the war. But she is being kidnapped - out of her own time. Her kidnappers are Jonathan and Sam, two boys her own age, from a place called Time City, designed especially to oversee history. But now history is going critical, and Jonathan and Sam are convinced that Time City's impending doom can only be averted by a twentieth-century girl named Vivian Smith. Too bad they have the wrong girl. . . ."

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Author information

Diana Wynne Jones was the multiple award-winning author of many fantasy novels for children, teenagers, and adults. Her book "Howl's Moving Castle" was made into an Academy Award-nominated major animated feature by Hayao Miyazaki. She received the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Married to the medievalist J. A. Burrow, with whom she had three sons, she lived for many years in Bristol, the setting for many of her books. Diana Wynne Jones passed away in March 2011, after a long illness. Ursula K. Le Guin is the revered author of "Tales from Earthsea."

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"High-spirited time travel fantasy that is sure to delight its readers. . . . Unflagging inventiveness and almost uncanny ability to create imaginary worlds of resounding reality." - "School Library Journal", starred review "A powerfully moving story about children who are, quite literally, racing through time to save their world." - "Publishers Weekly"