Twelve-year-old Rosemary has been an artist her whole life and especially loves drawing the incredible places from her Aunt Jo’s stories. But illustrating the stories doesn’t mean Rose believes them. And when Aunt Jo gives Rose a pocket watch with instructions on how to use it to access magical dream worlds, Rose just thinks Aunt Jo is being peculiar again.
While Rose is sleeping, however, she enters a fantastical place where each hour of the pocket watch takes her to a different world. There, Rose befriends a trio of outcasts with special powers and joins their war against the ominous Tall Man.
When a bully steals Rose’s watch, she can only look on in horror as dream and reality collide and he’s sucked into the Eleventh Hour. Now, Rosemary must gather magic from all twelve dream worlds to rescue the boy who makes her life a living nightmare. Fans of Road Dahl and Neil Gaiman will love this inventive middle grade fantasy where imaginative worlds are more dangerous than they appear.
"Rosemary Marks is bullied, ostracized, and voiceless at school, so she can’t understand why her Aunt Jo is convinced she can save a magical world contained in a pocket watch.... Well-paced reveals contrast the complexities of the realm with Rose’s home and school lives — e.g., strategies Aunt Jo taught Rose to combat monsters help her deal with school bullies — until the two worlds collide. But it is the help of her new friend, Alejandro Fuentes, and their unexpectedly intertwined family stories that mark turning points in both worlds." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Nov 2, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers|