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Book details
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / General
  • Age Range (years):13 and up
  • Language:English
  • Pages:150
  • eBook ISBN:9781620952504

In the Keep of Time

by Margaret J. Anderson

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While exploring an ancient Scottish tower or keep, four children find themselves back to the 15th century. In a second visit to the tower the children find themselves in a future, which is, in some ways, not so different from the distant past. In the Circle of Time and The Mists of Time complete this Time Trilogy.


With the turn of a glowing key, four children are transported back to the fifteenth century when they open the door to an ancient Scottish tower. Back then border raiding was a way of life and Andrew witnesses the battle to retake Roxburgh Castle from the English. On a second visit, hoping to retrieve Ollie, the youngest child, they find themselves in the distant future.

About the author

Margaret Anderson was born and educated in Scotland. She has a B.Sc. (honors degree in genetics from Edinburgh University. After working as a statistician and biologist in England, Canada, and the United States, she took up writing science and nature articles for children’s magazines. Her first book was nonfiction, Exploring the Insect World, and then she turned to writing historical and time-slip fiction. To Nowhere and Back published in 1975, was selected by the NY Times Book Review for their Outstanding Books of the Year list. This was followed by In the Keep of Time. She went on to write ten novels, published by Knopf, and then completed the circle by going back to nonfiction writing, inclluding biographies of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. Because she gets emails from fans who read her earlier novels when they were young  and would now like to have their children read them, she is venturing into the e-book world to make some of these titles available again.