The Thief of Time
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Pitch: An urban fantasy/horror novel that is inclusive and diverse; the first in a series focused on a boy named Joshua Parks that is a cross between Stephen King’s Needful Things and Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, but for children.
Back of the Jacket: Joshua Parks isn’t just having an off day –he’s having an off life. When his lieutenant colonel father goes missing in Iraq he and his mother, two younger brothers, and two older sisters must move from their nice home in a good neighborhood to their Aunt’s rundown house in the worst part of the city.
After an excruciatingly bad day that starts with a slap across the face from his older cousin and ends with a humiliating defeat at track practice Joshua finds himself drawn to an abandoned playground where he seeks a few moments of peace before returning home. Here he meets the strange and colorful Mr. Charm who offers him his “unique services to extraordinary individuals” free of charge.
Joshua warily agrees to accept Mr. Charm’s gift: a box full of Time, but the more he uses it the more he’s drawn into a strange world where he discovers that the gift comes with a terrible price. Now, in order to stop Mr. Charm from unleashing a dangerous and destructive force, Joshua will have to enlist the aid of angels, overcome terrifying monsters, and solve bewildering puzzles or risk become trapped in Mr. Charm’s world forever.
Word count: 84,383