Publisher's Note:  

"Think you know Rapunzel's story? Think again, because the tower was only the beginning..." -- Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of THE FALSE PRINCE

In all of Tyme, from the Redlands to the Grey, no one is as lucky as Rapunzel. She lives in a magic tower that obeys her every wish; she reads wonderful books starring herself as the heroine; her hair is the longest, most glorious thing in the world. And she knows this because Witch tells her so---her beloved Witch, who protects her from evil princes, the dangerous ground under the tower, even unhappy thoughts. Rapunzel can't imagine any other life.

Then a thief named Jack climbs into her room to steal one of her enchanted roses. He's the first person Rapunzel's ever met who isn't completely charmed by her (well, the first person she's met at all, really), and he is infuriating-- especially when he hints that Witch isn't telling her the whole truth. Driven by anger at Jack and her own nameless fears, Rapunzel descends to the ground for the first time, and finds a world filled with more peril than Witch promised ... and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she could have dreamed.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Tyme #1: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

by Megan Morrison

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Taking a well-known fairytale and turning it into something exciting and unique is exactly what author Megan Morrison did in her debut novel and first in the series, Tyme #1 Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel. This is the perfect book for those readers that have loved fairytale retellings, but are ready for more complex and developed characters as well as settings and plot. The land of Tyme is rich and diverse, and the magical creatures are intriguing and creative. The final genius of this novel is the weaving together of the story of Rapunzel with that of Jack and the Beanstalk. With these two characters we, the reader, are taken on an exciting adventure that will hopefully lead to solving the problems that each face.

With Rapunzel, the reader finds no shrinking violet who is waiting around to be rescued. She is determined, competent and resourceful, yet faithful and loving to those who earn her trust and devotion. Even though she has spent her short life protected in the tower, she stands firm in the face of danger and works to solve her problems. With Jack she learns the value of friendship and trust. Jack is not your one dimensional fairytale character either. He, too, shows the traits of devotion and love as well as ingenuity and quick-thinking in the face of danger.

This novel takes the reader on an exciting adventure around the land of Tyme that leads to some interesting undertakings by Jack and Rapunzel. The final chapters that deal with Rapunzel's love and devotion to someone who has wronged her also shed a light on to how characters and their relationships can be more complex than most typical fairytales give credit. This is what made this novel thought-provoking as well as a page-turner. So get set for an exciting adventure through the land of Tyme in Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel.  It will have you eagerly awaiting the next novel in the series.

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Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Secondhand account of violence to a fairy; character pushes another across the room; character gets injuries from climbing down a rope; character grabs another by the wrists; character shoves another down; character kicks another hard enough to knock them down; character is turned to stone; character hit in the nose by another; fantasy creature controls a character and makes them feel like they are choking; fantasy creature threatens to kill a character (5 accounts); fantasy creature threatens to kill a witch (3 times); fantasy creatures manhandle a character, bind her, and push her to where they want her to go; frightening magical creature chases 2 characters and tries to eat one of them; character describes the difference between death and being killed; characters are locked up and kidnapped; secondhand account of person being man-handled and then locked up; characters push boxes on to another causing minimal injuries; secondhand account of witch hurting children; secondhand account of someone falling and breaking neck; secondhand account of person dying in a cave in; person described as a witch-slayer and written description of how he wanted to kill witches; description from a book read by character on how a witch can be killed; witch curses someone with heartbreak and ruination; witch kidnaps babies (3 accounts); description how person fell to their death while trying to climb out of a tower; character is assaulted, hits head on rocks and receives an injury to the head; witch threatens to kill someone; witch describes how many people she has injured or killed; building crumbles and causes death of character; mention of people killed by witch

Sex/Nudity:  Process of how children are conceived is alluded to; male and female character embrace.

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Kidnapping, death of parents.

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Character drinks wine; person described as being drunk; character mentions having smoked a cigar.

Reviewed By Sally
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