The Root Cellar

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Lunn, Janet. The Root Cellar. 1981. London: Puffin, 1983.

Canadian novelist Lunn spins a cleverly-constructed time-travel story. Rose Larkin is a 12-year-old orphan passed along to relatives on the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Unhappy in her here and now, Rose discovers that her relatives' root cellar is a secret passageway to the 1860s, where she meets Will Morrissay and his friend Susan Anderson, young people she'd rather live with. When Will impulsively runs away to New York State and joins the Union Army, Rose uses 20th-century research to help locate him, and then returns to 1865 to help Susan rejoin him.


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