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The Metric Clock

A hazardous adventure forces a young boy to adapt for survival.

Charles, a frequently absentminded but intelligent nine-year-old boy living in 1946 New England, forms a genuine connection with his best friend, Mary Ann.  He accompanies his father on a trip to his hometown in rural Canada and while there the boy learns of his father’s hardship and suffering through the Great Depression, thus leads to a solid connection with his otherwise distant father.

When a cousin takes Charles on a hunting trip, the boys encounter a dangerous situation that forces Charles to take a role that requires great strength and maturity.  Will he find the resolve to survive?  Will this unfortunate event leave him altered forever?

A compelling coming of age story where the author’s uncanny ability to draw emotion is impressive.

Editorial Reviews

Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★

"A classic coming-of-age story boasting plenty of original twists and evocative moments, this novel delivers a powerful message with grace and subtlety. Chute has a firm grasp of nuance in language, emotional complexity, and the swirling eddies of energy in conversation. The deep exploration of childhood is compelling in a way that many authors fail to capture. The themes of innocence, loss, love, and the insight of age are complicated subjects that Chute deftly dissects, making The Metric Clock a worthwhile and inspiring endeavor."

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

"Middle grade readers will find The Metric Clock a compelling story with a strong message about friendships, courage, and embracing life"

Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill

"This book explores trying times, the aches and pains of growing up and fitting in, the ability to learn and understand others who you feel may have disappointed you--only to learn that they have actually battled and struggled through their own life and have their own secrets they wish not to reveal."-Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill

N.N. Lights Book Heaven

"When I finished reading, I kept thinking, "this needs to be required reading in schools." If you love coming-of-age books, you'll love The Metric Clock. If you're in search of the next Gary Paulson, read The Metric Clock. Highly recommend!"

Reader Reviews

Well organized and beautiful way to present a young boy's adventures and daydreams. Even though it is written as a children's book. People of any age can enjoy it and reflect upon it differently and deeply. My daughter and I can get different meanings from the events surrounding Charles, his friends and his family. Again, well written and beautifully presented, and with a glimpse of the history through the innocence of Charles' eyes.

Amazon Review

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