Brilliant but autistic, sixteen-year-old Clover Donovan has always dreamed of studying at the Waverly-Stead Academy. Her brother and caretaker, West, has done everything in his power to make her dream a reality. But Clover’s refusal to part with her beloved service dog denies her entry into the school. Instead, she is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future.
When one of Clover’s missions reveals that West’s life is in danger, the Donovans are shattered. To change West’s fate, they’ll have to take on the mysterious Company. But as its secrets are revealed, they realize that the Company’s rule may not be as benevolent as it seems. In saving her brother, Clover will face a more powerful force than she ever imagined and will team up with a band of fellow misfits and outsiders to incite a revolution that will change their destinies forever.
What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
I learned to read with these little yellow paper books about a lion named Sam. Sam I am, I am Sam. So, I guess those are the first I remember. I also remember reading Dr. Seuss’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by myself. I was four and I can still remember how proud I was of myself. I have a really strong memory of being about eight and realizing that I could read anything I wanted to read. That is my first real memory of having a sense of personal power.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Book Thief. I have book blog called Story Carnivores with my friend Brian Rowe, and it’s our June book of the month. I’m also working on The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages. She came and spoke to my writing workshop class at UNR last semester and I’m in love with her short stories. Look up “Basement Magic.” You can thank me later.
How does your garden grow?
Sadly, it grows neglected and slightly pathetic. Someday I will have the time to have a sweet little garden where I grow flowers and herbs and vegetables and have a little pen for goats and a chicken coop. That day has not yet come. But it will! I harbor serious Secret Garden fantasies.
What is the last thing you Googled?
Eminem. For some reason my eight-year-old daughter Ruby and her friend Samantha worked themselves up yesterday because Samantha, who is a fifth grader, had heard that he was nearly stabbed to death. For the record, that’s a hoax. Eminem is alive and well and, according to Wikipedia, working on an eighth album.
What makes you cringe?
Mayonnaise. The super gore-filled scenes in The Walking Dead. Movies and books that don’t have satisfying endings. Flies inside my house. Insta-love. Other people’s eating noises. Hearing that one of my favorite TV shows has been cancelled (R.I.P. Smash.)