December 19th, 2013 by Karen
Recently, I recommended Millions as a great book/movie for the holidays. Today, I’ve got another seasonal pick for you: The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick.
The book takes place in the days leading up to the winter solstice, aka the shortest day of the year. According to Edward’s kooky aunt, it’s always a dangerous time of the year because of spirits and such — but this year things are especially out of whack when Edward accidentally moves a Fetch from its hiding place.
What exactly is a Time Fetch? I’ll let you discover the details as you read the book, but let’s just say it’s small like a stone because it’s intended to be hidden for a long time in order to keep the world safe. If it falls into the wrong hands, time will speed up and the planet (and all its inhabitants) will decay and die at a freakishly rapid rate. NOT something you want to happen.
So it’s up to Edward and his three classmates Feenix, Danton, and Bridget to protect the Fetch and save the world. No big deal.
There’s some great Christmas celebration stuff in this book — although most of it is focused on outdoor adventure. But that’s also perfect for this time of year, as the characters navigate through snowy conditions (and that’s not just by chance; weather also plays a role in the plot).
I must warn you that the action-packed scenes happen more towards the end of the book — so if you’re looking for a wild ride right from the start, then this isn’t the book for you. And don’t be scared off by the prologue, which isn’t really in the same tone as the story that follows. But if you give it a try and get into the book, you’ll be rewarded!
Do YOU have a favorite thing you love about the winter? Maybe playing in the snow, or some fun family tradition around the holidays? Leave a comment and share with everyone!