Monday, October 29, 2012


Time of Honor by Margo Sorenson (MuseItUp Publishing 2012)

I first "met" Margo Sorenson earlier this year, when I featured  ISLAND DANGERher fast-paced middle grade adventure set in Hawai'i:. Since then, I've come to know her as a generous writer who is always eager to celebrate the written word, as well as pass on writing tips and information via Twitter.

Margo is the author of 28 books for young readers. Having read ISLAND DANGER and TIME OF HONOR in such proximity, I have come to realize how versatile she is. While the Hawaiian adventure was modern, TIME OF HONOR travels through time from our day to 1272. Those of you who, like me, LOVE time travel and history will really enjoy this novel!

The Story (modified from the back cover): Fourteen-year-old Connor’s smart mouth gets her into and—luckily—out of trouble on her prep school’s debate team and in the classroom. Catapulted into the year 1272 while on a field trip to the U.K., she finds her noble new friends’ lives threatened by a conspiracy fueled by greed. When William and Maud learn that their father has been murdered on the Crusade, they beg Connor to help them find who is plotting against them. William must confront his enemy in battle, but Connor also discovers truths about herself and her ability to use words when she tries to save her new friends—and herself.

What I Liked: First off, what a great cover! It totally captures Connor's personality. When we first see her, she is a smart mouth, who is chafing against her domineering mother. She has, by her own admission, never been accused "of being slow to move on anything.  Rushing right into trouble was more my style." But she has used her way with words to do well on her school's debate team, and it is this skill that will serve her well at the climax of the novel.

TIME OF HONOR is also a humorous book. Margo Sorenson shifts effortlessly between Connor's modern vernacular and the formal language of the 13th century, with some juicy misunderstandings along the way. Thoroughly modern Connor also has a lot to say about the sights and smells (particularly the smells!) of medieval England--as well as its unfair treatment of women. 

The friendship between the three principals--15-year-old William who is training to be a knight; his younger sister, Maud; and Connor herself--is handled deftly. Connor is definitely interested in William, who's a bit of a heartthrob--but this is middle grade, and the feelings are never acted upon.

All in all, this is the sort of novel that, when it comes to the end, you are left wanting more!!

About Margo Sorenson: Visit Margo's website to learn more about her and her work. Follow her on Twitter @ipapaverison.

A very interesting interview about Margo and the writing of TIME OF HONOR can be found at writer C.K. Volnek's blog. Several other middle grade writers and bloggers are posting about TIME OF HONOR in the next couple of weeks, and I will link to them here once the posts are up.

Because I want you to experience Margo's writing, I have a special offer for you. Leave a comment, and I will draw a winner and send him or her a copy, purchased from MuseItUp Publishing, of TIME OF HONOR. (Tweet about it, and you'll get a bonus entry.)

To all my loyal readers facing Hurricane Sandy: Stay Safe. I'm thinking of you!!



  1. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing about it. I'm going to let someone else win because I just have too many books to read right now.

  2. Thanks, Natalie, for your encouragement -- and thoughtfulness! :) Michael, I'm indebted to you for your wonderful review and very kind words. Thank you for carrying the torch for middle grade readers! Aloha and grazie mille!

  3. I must read this book! I LOVE time travel. And Connor sounds like a great character. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Michael, so far we've had lots of rain but the wind isn't too bad, so we haven't lost power yet. Supposed to get worse by about 4 pm, Eastern time.

  4. Stay safe, Joanne, and thank you for your enthusiastic words! Aloha!

  5. What a wonderful post for Time of Honor. I had the privilege of working with Margo as her editor and I can attest to her skill as a writer. Great book with some very entertaining and educational information woven throughout.

    A job well done, Margo!


  6. Thank you so much, Nancy! As a great editor, you helped Connor look good! Mahalo for your skill! Aloha!

  7. Thanks for sharing, Michael. I am reading this one this need to enter me in the contest. Happy MMGM.

  8. Thanks, Deb, and I look forward to your post on this book, too. Thanks for inviting me! Aloha!

  9. Hi Margo,

    I'm reading Island Danger and enjoying it. I have a bit more on my plate and getting a bit behind on my reviews. How exciting that you have yet, another book.

    Michael G-G: Great review and I always appreciate the additional links, especially when it's an author I want to get to know better. Thanks!

  10. Pam, thanks so much for your comments! I'm looking forward to your posts on Island Danger! Your website is wonderful, and your mission is very laudable!

  11. Not quite my story, but I LOVE the cover. :D

  12. Love your candor, Stina, and I love the cover,too. I know my cover artist C.K. Volnek will be delighted! Thanks and aloha!

  13. This sounds very interesting! I've put it on my wish list.

  14. It sounds like these are well-rounded characters in a compelling situation. I think my students would enjoy it!

  15. Thanks, Jenny and Randy, for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading it. Aloha!


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