Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Time Fetch
Author: Amy Herrick
Publisher: Algonquin Young Reader
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Edward thought he had picked up a rock. He didn’t know it was a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it would alter the entire fabric of time and space.
Under normal circumstances, a Time Fetch sends out its foragers to collect only those moments that will never be missed or regretted. It then rests, waiting to be called back by the Keeper, who distributes the gathered time where it is needed in our world and others.
When Edward innocently mistakes a sleeping Fetch for an ordinary rock, he wakes its foragers too early, and they begin to multiply and gobble up too much time. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it’s begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel.
To try to stop the foragers, Edward must depend on the help of his classmates Feenix, Danton, and Brigit—whether he likes it or not. They all have touched the Fetch, and it has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling adventure where the boundaries between worlds and dimensions are blurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the ones they’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much more dangerous.
It reminded me immediately of Narnia - going through a portal to a whole new world.
Edward is a little boy living with his rather odd Auntie after he loses his mother. Because of her oddness, he accepts the unknown and mysterious a little bit easier than others might.
This is very much a fantasy book that a child between 8 and 11 might enjoy very much. Sadly today's children mature so quickly with the world surroundings that I'm not sure it would hold interest for one older than 11.
Read Excerpt HERE.