UP THE WATERSPOUT
Three years after the disappearance of his little brother, Georgie, twelve-year-old Wally Spoon hopes to build a new life in his new home, but the past isn’t as gone as Wally thinks. The trouble is just beginning when mysterious Uncle Simon, the man Wally believes took Georgie away, shows up in the neighborhood.
Things get even stranger as Wally discovers Phoebe Spider, a human girl adopted by the elf-like people known as the Timekeepers, and learns the truth: his house sits on a gateway point to the Timekeepers’ world, accessible through the spout of an old bathtub. Furthermore, Uncle Simon, a powerful magician, is planning to enter their world and steal a time machine, rewriting the past to suit his own ends. Wally and Phoebe trail Simon, hoping to learn his plans in time to stop him.
Wally wants to preserve the course of history, yet can’t help but wonder, if he could change time, would Georgie have to be lost forever? Wally must make the right choices. Time itself is at stake.
First 150 Words:
One shingle slid down from the roof, sailed past the cracked third floor window and landed with a tiny thump in a tuft of overgrown grass.
“So this is it?” Bea sneered.
Wally Spoon frowned at his twin sister. That was a bit unfair. Sure, they had just watched a piece of the roof fall right off their new house, but it wasn’t too bad. It was a big house, bigger than any house Wally had ever been in, and it might have been pretty nice back when it was built in 18-whatever. Fancy columns, for sure, though they were kind of dirty.
They climbed the stairs to the porch. Wally liked the stairs too and how they made an arch on the ground, though they had to hop over one broken step. He opened the creaky door. Some paint flaked off and stuck to his hand, but he wiped the hand on his jeans