About the Book
Author: Jennifer Ellis
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Number of Pages: 310
Synopsis: What if you could see your future?
Fourteen-year-old Abbey Sinclair likes to spend her afternoons in the physics lab learning about momentum and gravitational pull. But her practical scientific mind is put to the test when her older brother, Simon, discovers a mysterious path of stones that allows them, along with Abbey’s twin, Caleb, to travel back and forth between their world and what appears to be...the future.
Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones who know about the stones, and they soon realize their lives are in danger from a man known only as Mantis. Abbey, Caleb, and Simon must follow a twisting trail of clues that will lead them from their neighbor with Asperger's to a strange professor who claims to know the rules of the stones, and to multiple futures—some of whose inhabitants don’t want to stay put.
It will take all of Abbey’s analytical skills to unravel the secrets of the stones, uncover the threads that tie the futures together, thwart Mantis’s plan, and, most importantly, keep her family alive—now and in the future.
A Pair of Docks is an action-adventure for kids and adults that explores Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, parallel universes, time travel and the boundary between science and magic. It is the first novel in the Derivatives of Displacement series. Lovers of fantasy and science fiction will find plenty to like in A Pair of Docks.
Abbey is a brilliant 14 year-old science fanatic with an IQ of 165 who spends most of her time in the physics lab at the high school. Abbey has an older brother named Simon, who has recently been acting very secretive and a twin brother named Caleb who is popular, especially with the girls. The day Abbey witnesses Simon sneaking off into the forest she enlists Caleb to help determine what he's up to. As they observe Simon crawling on the ground near some stones they are bewildered, but when he suddenly vanishes they are downright dumbstruck. Against Abbey's better judgment they follow Simon through the stones and end up in the future. Abbey's scientific mind just won't let her believe such a thing could be happening. She thinks its all just a crazy dream, but when strange things begin to occur in the present world Abbey is forced to come to grips with the possibility of an unexplainable theory. Now Abbey, together with Simon and Caleb, must uncover the secret of the stones before it's too late.
A Pair of Docks is cleverly written and original. With the element of surprise on her side, the author spins a bewitching tale that hypnotizes readers and leaves them eager for more. I loved the concept of magic stones being the method behind the time travel. I also enjoyed the authors many clues that were a play on words and, just as the characters, I tried to figure out which terms would lead to the truth. I liked that Abbey's character used laws of physics as a way of comforting herself as chaos swirled around her. The vast array of characters are skillfully created and their interaction between one another, whether genuine or deceitful, adds to the complex plot that unfolds within the pages.
I highly recommend picking up a copy. In fact, I am already reading the second book, A Quill Ladder. You can grab them both on Amazon.