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A Time Apart

Without warning, Houston teenager Ginny Dorris is packed off to England to join her father in a university experiment — a re-creation of an Iron Age community — while her mother recovers from a serious illness. Ginny copes with unimaginably primitive living conditions and longs to go home, but gradually she is drawn into the community’s life and discovers resources that neither she nor her father knew she had. This fast-paced yet thoughtful coming-of-age story is based on a real-life Iron Age experiment.

Recognition & Awards

American Library Association, Best Books for Young Adults; Booklist Top Ten First Novels; IRA Young Adults’ Choices; IRA Teachers’ Choice; Parents’ Magazine, Parents’ Choice Silver Award; New York Public Library, Books for the Teen Age; starred Review, Booklist.


“A first and very appealing novel. . . an enchanting time-travel into reality. . . A dynamic coming-of-age tale.”     –Starred review, Booklist

“Compelling.”      —Kirkus

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