The Metric Clock: The Adventures of Charles, Transforming a Precocious Boy into a Young Man.

The Metric Clock: The Adventures of Charles, Transforming a Precocious Boy into a Young Man.

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Overview

How much can family history change a boy?

Charles is an intelligent 9-year-old living in 1946 New England that struggles to emotionally connect with people. He doesn't fit in with the local boys and with a father that is constantly away for work, even his parent is a distant figure in his life. The one exception is his best friend Mary Anne. With her he is confident and open, revealing all his secrets and fears. Charles is given an opportunity to accompany his father on a trip to his hometown in rural Canada.

On the farm, he hears about his father's youth and the Great Depression. Charles learns the complexity of who his father is and how struggle shaped his father. He begins to understand and connect in that same way he does with Mary Ann, but Charles is still unsure what that means for him.

When his cousin invites him on an adventure Charles agrees. It should be just an average boy's day, but things turn dangerous. Through that moment Charles recognizes his own need to change and knows he must fight if he is going to live with the kind of strength his father has. But has he learned his lesson soon enough, or will he lose himself in the danger of this one adventure?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732885509
Publisher: Phillip B. Chute
Publication date: 12/12/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Prelude ....................................................................................................... vi

SPRING

Chapter One

The Storm................................................................................................... 1

Chapter Two

A Day at School .........................................................................................12

Chapter Three

The Spy .................................................................................................... 26

Chapter Four

The Contest ...............................................................................................31

Chapter Five

Buttercups .................................................................................................42



SUMMER

Chapter Six

Going Fishing............................................................................................ 52

Chapter Seven

Learning to Smoke ................................................................................... 62

Chapter Eight

Muskrats ................................................................................................... 71

Chapter Nine

Excursion to the Marsh ............................................................................. 79

Chapter Ten

The Harvest .............................................................................................. 90



FALL

Chapter Eleven

The Journey ............................................................................................. 97

Chapter Twelve

The Mountain Farm ..................................................................................103

Chapter Thirteen

The Hunt ...................................................................................................112

Chapter Fourteen

Escape from the Wilderness .....................................................................130

Chapter Fifteen

Tom’s Secret .............................................................................................136

Chapter Sixteen

The Apple War ..........................................................................................143

Chapter Seventeen

Sweet Revenge ........................................................................................150

Chapter Eighteen

The Spy’s Lair .......................................................................................... 158



WINTER

Chapter Nineteen

Turning Ten .............................................................................................. 168

Chapter Twenty

Gang War Again ....................................................................................... 173

Chapter Twenty-One

Holidays .....................................................................................................180

The Metric Clock:

Postlude .....................................................................................................184

About the Author ....................................................................................... 188

The Author’s Other Works ........................................................................ 189

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