Thirteen year-old Johnny Drake makes an astonishing discovery in his basement one day... followed closely by an outrageous, noble idea. The discovery is a time machine, and the idea is to prevent the car crash that disabled his favorite teacher, Miss Anderson.
Using the teacher’s favorite novel, A Christmas Carol, as inspiration, Johnny dresses as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and time travels to 1983. He warns her of a future “yet to come” if she gets in a certain car on a specific day. Johnny soon learns, though, that there is a mystery to the crash, and that changing history will have repercussions in the future. Can Johnny alter the past without risking his very existence?
Johnny Drake, Time Traveler is full of action and fun, and can easily be a series—he just needs to jump in the time machine and he’s off on another adventure!
First 150 Words:
Last Christmas my whole world changed. It began with an astonishing discovery in my basement, followed by an outrageous idea I had in class one day...
“Johnny Drake, are you paying attention?” Miss Anderson said. The tone in her voice meant Don’t be a slacker. Even while she was scolding me, though, she had a hint of a smile, which suggested she had seen the likes of me before.
But I knew she hadn’t.
I sat up and tried to look alert. Truth is, I had been paying attention—just not to what she was saying. My attention was on the way she limped to the blackboard, the cane she used to get around. I’d heard the stories of how she got injured when she was fifteen, only two years older than I am now.
What I’d been thinking about was preventing the accident that hurt her leg.
I am a thirty-something writer and mom of two.
I write YA fiction and am repped by Sarah Lapolla of the Bradford Literary Agency.
I love, in no particular order: Watching my kids sleep, reading anything that will take me out of real life for a bit, spending time with my family and sharing this writing journey with fabulous people like you!