A DIG IN TIME by Peni R. Griffin


Age Range: 10 & up
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 Left with their grandmother while their archeologist parents are on a dig, Tim and Nan pass the time by staking out the yard of the family homestead and digging for artifacts. The relics that emerge, however, are recent--like their deceased grandfather's favorite pipe. This inspires Tim to create a poem, which proves to have extraordinary power: saying it sends the children back in time to give their beloved grandfather a last hug. Other lost treasures allow them to help their parents elope; to visit a scene of political bigotry that divided their great- grandparents; and even to rescue their grandmother from a flood. After the grandmother dies and their parents return, their mother is able to go back with them to visit their great-grandmother, pregnant with the baby who became their grandmother--a special hello and goodbye. A powerful storyteller, Griffin here fulfills the promise of her first book, Otto from Otherwhere (1990). Although time-travel stories abound, few illustrate the continuity of place and family so well. The internal logic of the poetry and of the rules governing time travel are maintained; the hint of deeper meaning is reminiscent of Mahy. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-689-50525-6
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1991


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