By Jason Cockcroft
5 out of 5 stars
Nathan Cobb lived with his mother in London, England. His parents had divorced a few years before but Nathan’s dad, Henry, was still a small part of his life. One day, Henry came to see Nathan at school. He explained that Nathan’s mother had died in a bus accident. From then on, Henry and Nathan’s lives change forever. One year after the accident, Nathan meets a curious yeomen warder (Beefeater) that goes around switching files and untying people’s shoes. The Beefeater states that he is changing peoples’ futures to good. The Beefeater has a quest for Nathan: Nathan needs to stop Henry from returning to the past. While Nathan is on this journey, he discovers the secrets that had been hidden from him since the crash … and changes the present day his father and himself live in.
Counterclockwise was quite unique. It wasn’t the usual “build a time machine” stuff and then you can go to the future. It was different and only the book can explain how exactly it worked, for I have no idea how to put it in words. Each page in this book was developing the story one way or another. It was quite exciting to see how Nathan’s life changed from day to day and I was very eager to read how everything worked out in the end. I wasn’t disappointed! Every sentence was so exhilarating that I literally couldn’t wait to read more. This book is more for younger children (ages 9 or 10) but that didn’t stop me from liking it. Once again, 5 stars to a good read!
Release date: February 03, 2009
*book copy provided by HarperCollin's Children's First Look Program