Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel

Book #1 in the Tyme Series

You know about the tower, the hair, and the witch.

But in the world of Tyme, they’re only the beginning . . .

Rapunzel knows only her magical tower and her wonderful Witch, who guards her against evil princes far below. But when a peasant named Jack climbs into her life, Rapunzel learns that Witch is in terrible danger — and to keep her safe, she must leave her tower and journey with Jack on a quest far across Tyme. There she finds a world filled with even more peril than Witch promised . . .  and more beauty, wonder, and adventure than she ever dreamed.

Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel is the first book set in the land of Tyme — with many tales to come.

374 pages, Grades 5-9, May 2015, Arthur A. Levine Books/ScholasticISBN # 978-0-545-63826-5


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Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The novel does not miss a beat in creating Tyme, a beautifully described world with a seamless fusion of magical and nonmagical beings, scenery and objects. Although there are dark, suspenseful moments and some acts of violence, there is also plenty of humor… The characters are refreshingly three-dimensional, helping readers empathize with Rapunzel as she wrestles with universal feelings of love and betrayal…”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Morrison has a deft hand with both world-building and pacing, carefully constructing the geography and various politics of the fairy-tale world of Tyme in between chase scenes, bridge collapses, narrow escapes, and bargains with all sorts of devious beings.”

“…readers who are wise enough to understand that there is more than one side to a story will find this to their liking.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Those expecting a Disneyesque Rapunzel in Morrison’s debut, first in the Tyme series, will be pleasantly surprised by the novel’s emotional depth and inventiveness…  Morrison turns the idea of a naïve, sheltered princess on its head… a full-bodied world worth revisiting.”


“Fairy tale meets funny in this fresh take on Rapunzel… Morrison’s cuttingly clever take on classic tales will please readers and keep them hungry for more. Finding out the truth behind the tale has never been so snarky.”

School Library Journal

“Fans of traditional and fractured fairy tales will thoroughly enjoy this new twist on an old story.”


“Filled with mystery, adventure and myriad twists and turns, Grounded turns a traditional fairy tale into something more. Strong characters and a complex story will encourage readers to return for the next journey in the world of Tyme.”

“Think you know Rapunzel’s story? Think again, because the tower was only the beginning. With a lovable heroine who finds her courage, a somewhat reluctant guide, and an adventure worth following, Grounded is one of my favorite reads this year!”

— Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince

“What makes Grounded so much fun is its ability to combine biting satire with the innocence of fairy tales. It’s a sprightly, imaginative romp that keeps unraveling tales as quickly as it spins them, with a spunky heroine and charismatic thief guiding our way.”

— Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

“The last time I read a book this funny, this smart, and this charming, it was written by J.K. Rowling. Grounded reveals a wonderful new world begging to be explored, full of the kind of magical detail that turns casual readers into lifelong fans. The Tyme fandom begins here!”

— Melissa Anelli, author of the New York Times bestseller Harry, a History and webmistress of the Leaky Cauldron

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