How much can a family visit 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?


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

ThIs book is full of the warm smiles that come to each of us when we look back at the pleasent events that formed our lives. Sure, it's a story of one boy but it contains a bit of all of everyone. It's billed as a children's book and I'm glad for that because it makes me feel younger to have enjoyed it so much.

Mark B.

The material is Artfully Written and Beautifully Capture its era.

Elaine K.