Diane Stanley A Time Apart

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A Time Apart

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While living with her father in a recreated Iron Age village as part of a university experiment, young Ginny Davis begins to miss her sickly mother and the home she left behind, until she discovers the new wonders of her created community.

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Diane Stanley is the recipient of the 2000 Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for the body of her work. "There is no one like Diane Stanley...for picture-book biography -- she brings to the genre an uncanny ability to clarify and compress dense and tricky historical matter, scrupulous attention to visual and verbal nuances, and a self-fulfilling faith in her readers' intelligence" (Publishers Weekly). Diane Stanley and her husband, Peter Vennema, have worked together on other books in Diane's award-winning biography series, including Shaka: King Of The Zulus, Bard Of Avon: The Story Of William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations.

Diane has also illustrated The Last Princess: The Story Of Princess Ka'iulani Of Hawaii, by Fay Stanley, and she has written and illustrated Michelangelo, Peter The Great, Joan Of Arc, Leonardo Da Vinci, Cleopatra and Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter. Her first novel, A Time Apart, was selected as one of 1999's Top 10 First Novels by ALA Booklist. Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema live in Houston, Texas.

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From the author-illustrator of Joan of Arc, a Booklist Editors' Choice 1998, and other award-winning picture-book biographies and picture books comes a first and very appealing novel. Ginny Dorris, 13, is loath to leave her planned busy summer in Houston, Texas, to go stay with her British father while her mother undergoes treatment for breast cancer. Since her father, Hugh, is part of an archaeological project that is replicating an Iron Age village, Ginny finds herself living in very primitive conditions (no toothbrush, no deodorant, no shampoo) among a small but diverse group of adults and children. Her first glimpse of the village is not promising--there's a very large roundhouse that looks like "a big, squashed, hairy tepee" and a few scattered smaller buildings. She's homesick and nervous about seeing her father; their last visit, more than a year earlier, had been a tad uncomfortable. She eventually proves to be not only adept at adapting but also innovative in making improvements--for example, making better clay pots for cooking. As she gradually becomes immersed in the community's daily life, she discovers inner strengths she never knew she had as well as an appreciation for the values found in a simple life. This is a dynamic coming-of-age tale, for Ginny grows quite a bit during the course of her experiences in England; her father also grows, in that he becomes more open and able to show affection. The other characters are distinguishable individuals in their own right. The setting itself is a major player--the Iron Age village and the community working together farming, harvesting, mending, creating, and taking "an endless series of steps" because Iron Age people "couldn't just make a thing--first they had to make the tools to make it with." Stanley's author's note explains that the idea for her story came from a 1978 BBC television miniseries about an Iron Age farm. An enchanting "time travel" into reality. Sally Estes

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