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Counter Clockwise [Kindle Edition]

Jason Cockcroft
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What if your mother were hit by a bus?

And what if your father disappeared one day through a hole in the bathroom wall?

Is there a way to change the course of your life's history?

What if time moved

In this dazzling debut novel, Jason Cockcroft has crafted a mind-bending adventure with a startlingly original narrative structure.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 370 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061255548
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QIGZKE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Jason Cockcroft was born in Auckland, New Zealand. When he was a baby, his family returned to Leeds, where he lived until he moved to Cornwall to attend Art College. He graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 1994. While a student, his work was noticed by the children's literary agent, Eunice McMullen. Thanks mainly to her hard work, he continues to find work as an illustrator.

He has illustrated picture books for Bloomsbury, Hodder, OUP, Orchard Books and Frances Lincoln in the UK, and Henry Holt, Dutton Books, Alfred A Knopf and Margaret McElderry Books in the United States. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for his work on Geraldine McCaughrean's retelling of 'A Pilgrim's Progress'.

He now lives hear Whitby with his wife, Lisa, and their two cats.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 9 April 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
After Nathan's mother is hit by a bus, his life changes dramatically.

As he struggles to come to terms with her loss and learns to live with his father, his life takes a sudden turn . . . one he never thought possible.

His father mysteriously vanishes through a hole in the bathroom wall.

Trying desperately to keep his life from falling apart, Nathan tries to find his father but bizarre things continue to happen. He ends up in the past, trying to keep his father from ruining their only chance at happiness.

COUNTER CLOCKWISE is a fun, quickly paced novel in which the main character grows as he discovers how the past, present, and future are linked.

Cockcroft creates a relatable character in Nathan, and I enjoyed going COUNTER CLOCKWISE.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 8 Feb. 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Counter Clockwise by Jason Cockcroft
is a quick but endearing read about Nathan, a young boy, who lost his mother in a bus accident. His father, Henry, has a hard time accepting her death and tries to change the past but it is up to Nathan, with the help of Bartleby the Beefeater, to stop him in time.
Mr. Cockcroft has created characters that you will love to follow through to the end of the story.
It makes you think about how the past can't be changed but you can make the best of things and still be happy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Intelligent book 16 Aug. 2014
By Sunshine on A Rainy Day - Published on Amazon.com
When I began reading this book, I had no clue what was going on. But the author's writing style was riveting and pulled me in. It made me want to keep reading to find out what was going on. It took some time to understand the story, but it didn't matter because I was enjoying the writing in itself.
This story is on the theme of time and what would happen if someone went back in time to change a horrible event. And ultimately how that change would not be worth it as everything else would change as a result.
I found this to be a fast read although there is a lot of intelligent thought and many big words throughout. I always find stories about time fascinating. This book deals quite a bit with the loss of a parent which could be an emotional topic, but there was a lot of humor as well.
Many parts of this book reminded me of Roald Dahl in their wackiness. But to me they made the story more interesting.
Would I recommend this book? YES. For grades 4 and up. I think middle school students would enjoy this as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 9 April 2009
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After Nathan's mother is hit by a bus, his life changes dramatically.

As he struggles to come to terms with her loss and learns to live with his father, his life takes a sudden turn . . . one he never thought possible.

His father mysteriously vanishes through a hole in the bathroom wall.

Trying desperately to keep his life from falling apart, Nathan tries to find his father but bizarre things continue to happen. He ends up in the past, trying to keep his father from ruining their only chance at happiness.

COUNTER CLOCKWISE is a fun, quickly paced novel in which the main character grows as he discovers how the past, present, and future are linked.

Cockcroft creates a relatable character in Nathan, and I enjoyed going COUNTER CLOCKWISE.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Library Lady Hylary - An adventure through time 18 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Nathan Cobbe's life changed forever the day his mother was tragically killed in a bus accident. Now he lives with his father, Henry, in a dingy apartment in a run-down project slated to be demolished at anytime. Nathan's life is humdrum: he attends school but doesn't really pay attention, his father is making him take physics review at a local community college to prepare for exams, and his only friend, Moll, can't seem to get through to him. One night, however, during his physics review, Nathan meets someone that takes him on a strange adventure through time: an enormous Beefeater named Bartleby who seems to know quite a bit about Nathan's life. It seems that Henry is inadvertently travelling through time, trying to stop Nathan's mother from getting hit by the bus that ended her life. What Nathan learns, however, is that some things in life, and time, are meant to happen, and that changing them can alter the world in unimaginable ways. With Bartleby's help, Nathan must stop his father from setting time spinning by changing the past, before it's too late.

This unique story is British author Jason Cockcroft's first novel, and provides an interesting and cerebral read for tweens that will get them thinking about topics they might not be familiar with. American readers will likely have to familiarize themselves with certain important terms Cockcroft uses to advance the plot, like Beefeater, another name for the Yeomen Warders who guard the tower of London, and Routemasters, or red double-decker buses. Once the British vocabulary is understood, the story is very gripping. Nathan's adventures through time are not as exciting or magical as other literary time-travellers. His father is trying, inadvertently, to stop the tragic events that cause the death of Nathan's mother. Nathan is torn between his desire to set time on the right course and his own grief at the loss of his mother. The relationship between Nathan and his father Henry extends far below the surface interactions that are common in other novels for tweens, giving young readers a chance to truly think about how father and son might bond after the loss of a mother and wife. The character of Bartleby the Beefeater is akin to a large, eccentric and mischievous Fairy Godmother. At first, the reader isn't sure what to make of him, but as the story progresses, he becomes quite likable. Overall, Counter Clockwise is an unusual story that will appeal to tweens of both genders and of varying degrees of interest in the science fiction genre.

This was a very interesting read, and I was surprised by the depth of the emotions evoked from the story. I learned some new tidbits about British culture and enjoyed Cockcroft's writing style. I look forward to more works from this new author.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Counter Clockwise Review 13 April 2012
By lmh - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was for my daughter's class assignment. Great price and lucky to find and only available in hardcover. Came when said would be here. Great read too!
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