A lost diary. A spinning pocketwatch. A gentleman wielding a deadly walking cane. And a boy who’s about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
When Julius Higgins isn’t running from Crimper McCready and his gang of bullies he’s working in his grandfather’s bookshop in Ironmonger Lane. Until Jack Springheel, a mysterious clock collector, turns up looking for the fabled diary of John Harrison—the greatest watchmaker of all time.
Before he knows it, Julius becomes a thief and a runaway and makes a deal with Springheel that he will live to regret. And all before he finds out that Harrison’s diary is really an instruction manual for making a time machine.
Excerpt from Julius and the Watchmaker
Julius swayed, as if he was about to swoon. Springheel’s fingers beat time like the ticking of a clock. Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock. Julius wanted to run but his legs were rooted to the spot. Then, there was silence. All the clocks stopped.