Tumbleglass by Kate Constable

Author: Kate Constable
Published: January 31, 2023
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Readership: Middle Fiction
Rating: ★★★★
RRP: $17.99

I received a copy of Tumbleglass from the publishers for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thirteen-year-old Rowan is helping her older sister Ash paint her bedroom when she discovers a mysterious ring that transports them both back in time to 1999. To a party being held in the very same house!

While Ash dances, Rowan unwittingly disrupts the laws of time, and when she wakes up back in the present day, her sister is missing, and – even worse – everyone in their family seems to be forgetting she ever existed.

With the help of her magical neighbour Verity, Rowan must find the courage to travel back through the history of the house. But can she find everything she needs to rescue Ash before her sister disappears forever?

A warm and beautifully told time-slip novel, brimming with secrets, gentle magic and the strong bonds of family, from one of Australia best-loved children’s book authors.

Rowan and her sister are painting her sister’s room when they slip through time to 1999. When Rowan returns to the present day but her older sister doesn’t she is recruited by her maybe-magical neighbour to travel back in time and collect artefacts that will help Rowan bring her sister home.

This is a really fun time-slip middle grade story written by an Australian author and set in Melbourne. Rowan travels back in time to 1999, 1976, 1900 and 1943 and meets people and experiences the things taking place around her family home throughout history, including the impact of WWII and the Land Rights Movement. She learns more about her mother’s family and the lives of her neighbours. It’s a book that has a strong theme of family and the bonds of sisterhood and was a great time to read.

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