“Because without time, everything would happen at once.”
Loner Edward’s aunt always said these crazy gems. He may have thought her insane at times, with her solstice festivities and her belief in the unbelievable, but her words definitely influenced his own thoughts of not existing because everything, even people, are nothing but spaced apart atoms. Prying what he thought was a rock out of the ground, he mistakenly moved the hidden Time Fetch. Strange weather anomalies begin and people who speak like his aunt emerge. Class ends as soon as it begins and three hours pass eating one slice of delicious bread. He has unknowingly released its foragers, eaters of time. Three not-friends-with-him-or-each-other, Feenix, Danton, and tragedy-mute Brigit, all who have touched the Time Fetch, get wrapped in his race to stop time from being eaten until there is nothingness.
Amy Herrick from Park Slope, Brooklyn, sets The Time Fetch in her neighborhood with Prospect Park as a magical hotbed (see map below), and she credits the park as her inspiration. What sets her apart from other authors is she introduces us to her characters as these four descriptively unattractive misfits (even friendly Danton), who slowly become cuter (as cute as 8th graders can be anyway) to the reader and to each other, as they reveal their heroism. They go from unlikeable and somewhat pitiful, to glowing and beautiful. It has all of the other successful YA fantasy trademarks: quick adventure, strange occurrences, brink of death moments, vivid descriptions of sweet confections, and memory loss linked to non-existence.
Intrigued yet? You should be. If not, here’s another Aunt Kit gem:
“A sneeze at one end of the world may change the whole course of things to come.”