The Time Fetch

Overview

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 eighth grader 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.Soonthe bell rings to end class just as it’s begun. Buses race down streets, ...

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Overview

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 eighth grader 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.Soonthe bell rings to end class just as it’s begun. Buses race down streets, toofar behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin todisappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel.

To try to stop the time foragers he has unleashed, Edward must depend on thehelp 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 strangeand thrilling adventure where the boundaries between worlds and dimensions areblurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the onesthey’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much moredangerous.

A fast-paced tale of mythology, danger, friendship, and a shocking centuries-old secret, The Time Fetch is a magical adventure that reveals the extraordinary hiding just inside the ordinary.

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Editorial Reviews

Shelf Awareness
“Charming and clever. . . . All readers will enjoy this novel as an adventure story featuring a team of unlikely friends with an array of talents—each essential to their mission to restore the Fetch to its proper place.”
Shelf Awareness
Booklist
“Herrick weaves a fast-paced fantasy with great twists and turns that will grab readers from the start.”
Booklist
Christopher Rose

“Remarkable . . . Gripping . . . The Time Fetch is a tale of heroes, and of doing what you think you can’t. But mostly, it is a testament to the power of friendship.”
Christopher Rose, Andover Bookstore

Oblong Books & Music

The Time Fetch is fantastic! Perfect for fans of Wildwood or When You Reach Me, Herrick’s young readers debut is a book I will sell hand over fist. Her plotting and characterization are unmatched, and I cannot wait to put her book into the hands of my customers.”
—Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music

Booklist
“Herrick weaves a fast-paced fantasy with great twists and turns that will grab readers from the start.”
Booklist
Publishers Weekly
Mythology collides with adventure in adult author Herrick’s children’s book debut, which has echoes of The Dark Is Rising and A Wrinkle in Time. When eighth-grader Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock for science class, he accidentally disturbs a Time Fetch, little knowing it’s full of time-eating foragers. Soon, he and three classmates—athletic Danton, painfully shy Brigit, and abrasive Feenix—are pulled into a quest to prevent the out-of-control foragers from destroying everything. The interference of a trio of witches and the presence of the sinister Unraveler make matters even more complicated while this unlikely quartet works together as time and space collapse all around them. Despite clever use of both metaphysics and folklore and an interesting mix of personalities among the main characters, the story never fully gels. Evocative imagery as the world ends only serves to cover up a storyline in which very little seems to happen. Herrick shows great potential, but this adventure is a bit like a dream: hard to remember once it’s over. Ages 10–up. Agent: Edite Kroll, Edite Kroll Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Review
The Time Fetch is a remarkable testament to the power of true friendship, and a thrilling fantasy adventure about the unseen world all around us.” —R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder
Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Desperate for a rock to bring to school for a science assignment, Edward uproots a stone in his aunt's backyard. Unknown to Edward, the stone is actually a Time Fetch. The Fetch contains "foragers," tiny beings who steal small bits of time and go unnoticed by anyone until they are called back in by the Queen's song. In moving the stone, Edward has accidently released the foragers on a rampage that could result in the destruction of the universe. Besides Edward, three other students in his science class touch the stone: oddball Feenix, who wears goth clothes and calls Edward "Dweebo;" super-athlete Danton, whose self-confidence makes him the exact opposite of awkward Edward; and fey Brigit, who has not spoken since her baby brother died. Suddenly, the four students are bonded in a quest to get the foragers back into the stone and save the universe. They have no idea what is really going on or why they are drawn to each other, but they are given just enough obscure hints by Edward's aunt, Brigit's grandfather, and their science teacher to figure out what must be done. All the while, they are stalked by an evil Unraveler, who wants to stop them from completing their mission. With the winter solstice approaching, time speeds up as the youngsters struggle toward the completion of their quest. The exciting climax will have readers on the edge of their seats. The author chooses an omniscient point-of-view, so readers get to know all four protagonists' strengths and weaknesses and can easily identify with at least one of these well-drawn characters. Herrick blends fantasy, science fiction, and coming-of-age genres into a thoroughly engaging read. Reviewer: Magi Evans
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This transcendent middle-grade debut could almost be subtitled "A Young Person's Guide to Existentialism." The opening scene presents Edward struggling to get out of bed with the knowledge that "it was all dancing atoms. Nothing was solid." It's not a depressing novel, though. The story is strange and beautiful, with profundity hiding in the mundane while science and magic come to a comfortable alliance. After convincing himself to leave his bed, Edward has to find a rock for a science project. The rock turns out to be a Fetch, a magical vessel for small glints of light called Foragers, who collect and feed off unmissed moments of time. But when the mean girl steals Edward's rock and is in turn kidnapped by three evil hags in the classic tradition, the Foragers are let loose and begin wreaking havoc on Brooklyn's temporality. It is up to Edward and three mismatched schoolmates (the popular guy, the nasty girl, and the silent newcomer) to return the Foragers to the Fetch and save the world. The narrative seems to follow a well-trodden path (Brooklyn, fairies, unexpected friendship) but the introduction of scientifically based ennui as well as a deep thread of pagan traditions provides an accessible, age-appropriate introduction to deeper themes of both the intellect and the spirit. But it's not heavy-the plot is suspenseful, moves at a rapid pace, and is heavily sprinkled with fascinating characters. Despite the well-wrapped-up ending, this book screams for a sequel.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
A hodgepodge quartet of Brooklyn teens joins forces to defend against the unraveling of time. Edward prefers invisibility to eighth-grade social echelons. Feenix is a gangly queen bee who dishes up acidic insults and trickery. Painfully shy Brigit has been rendered mute by a familial tragedy. Athletic Danton is the goodwill ambassador and friend to all. When they each touch a peculiar stone, they become the only ones capable of preventing the destruction of time. The stone is a Time Fetch, containing time foragers who, under the right command, gather bits of unused time. In the wrong hands, they spell a fast-forward destruction of the world. With four starkly different eighth-grade archetypes, readers are likely to find themselves somewhere in the mix. Each character is interesting enough (though Edward's pagan aunt is generally more intriguing than all four combined), and the book isn't without quirky moments: three gruesome sister witches, panthers stalking in Prospect Park, a shape-shifting villain with backward thumbs. Hope for a fluid narrative is stalled by theorizing and philosophizing about time, and occasional choppy phrasing is equally off-putting. Mostly fun for confirmed fantasy fans, and even their enthusiasm will be diluted by what feels less like narrative and more like lesson. (Fantasy. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622312139
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged; 7.75 hours
  • Pages: 465
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

LUCI CHRISTIAN is an American voice actress and ADR Script Writer who has provided voices for a number of English language versions of Japanese anime films.

Amy Herrick is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Every morning, she and her dog take a long walk in Prospect Park looking for adventure. They've seen and heard many wondrous things there, some of which have served as inspiration for this story. The Time Fetch is her first book for young readers.

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