A Storm Without Rain: A Novel in Time

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A perennial favorite, reprinted for a new generation. Jan Adkins' young adult novel sends a spunky but alienated teenager back through time in "a storm without rain" to his New England home town in 1904, where he becomes the best friend, shipmate and co-conspirator to his own grandfather at his age. More than a fantasy, the town and times and most of the people the boys meet are factual. The textures, smells, sounds and sights of a vanished era return in this compelling narrative. What a young man learns about family, love and the march of time might just affect you as well.

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This is one of my favorite books. I lived in Marion, Massachusetts, where the book is set, and I still think of the waters of Buzzards Bay as my home, though the house in which I presently write sits in California. The young protagonist is named after my dear friend John Swain Carter, a Cape Codder who comes from strong Nantucket Quaker stock. Most of the characters in the book are historical figures, and all the locations - even the old boatyard in Marion - are real.

I don't write magic. For me, the time-travel factor is only a tool to fold a family heritage back on itself so one generation meets another and finds strength in the continuum.

I hope you enjoy the boys' adventure as much as I do. If this kind of historical fiction speaks to you, try Young Zorro: The Iron Brand, which is also about family, time and location - Pueblo de los Angeles in 1805.

JA

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The last thing fifteen-hear-old Jack Carter wants to do is give a speech at his grandfather's 93rd birthday party. After all, he barely speaks to the old man. So off he sails to an island near his home on Buzzards Bay. And while he rests there he is caught, caught in a storm without rain that transports him back in time. The only person whom he can trust with his secret is another fifteen-year-old boy, a boy who will become his grandfather.

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