IndieReader Loves Idiot Genius

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IndieReader had some very nice things to say about Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy.

January 15, 2019 / in Discovery Awards 2019 / by IR Staff

IR VERDICT:

Abducted into a secret world, eleven-year-old Willa Snap takes readers on an imaginative journey through a place filled with mechanical people and fantastical machines. There’s wit and passion in the dialogue as author Richard Due delights with the first installment in the young adult series of IDIOT GENIUS novels, “WILLA SNAP AND THE CLOCKWERK BOY.” Don’t miss heart-stopping escapes and time machine-building dragons as Due weaves and winds a thrilling, and highly satisfying, novel.

Did Thomas Edison Really Build a Ghost Portal?

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“I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us.”

Thomas Edison, The American Magazine, 1920

“If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical and scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, and other faculties and knowledge that we acquire on earth . . .”

It was Edison’s belief, at the time, that people were composed of millions upon millions of infinitesimal immortal entities, and that, when we died, these entities continued to exist.

No plans for Edison’s “Ghost Machine” have ever been found. But it’s clear that he was very interested in communicating with the dead. 

Did Edison build a ghost portal like the one Willa Snap encounters in Idiot Genius? Is there a Ghost Factory in a hidden city located Somewhere in the Southwest of America? We may never know. But one thing is certain: if he had, it’s a sure bet the Black Fez would have paid him a visit!

Willa Snaps and the Clockwerk Dresses

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It started innocently enough, just a few lines of text.

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Then this happened!

Clockwerk Dress series

Clockwerk Dress Bodice and Sleeves

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This bodice will have a huge number of gears and clockfaces and chain attached.

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The wire’s been added to the hem of the outer skirt. The way it moves when Willa’s walking around looks pretty cool.

BodiceThe zipper will be either blackened, or covered. (the buckles are purely decorative)

Willa Snap Wins an IPPY!

Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy just won Independent Publisher Book Award for Juvenile Fiction!

I can’t believe it! I couldn’t more proud!

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“Thoroughly engrossing story recommended for young sci-fi and fantasy fans who hold a prior attraction to books such as John Bellairs’ House with a Clock in its Walls.” -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Willa always knew one of her mother’s crazy inventions would cause trouble. She just didn’t think it would get the whole family banished to Grandeur, a hidden city of Geniuses deemed too dangerous to remain Outside.

Now, with the help of her cat, the Magnificent Lady Grayson of the Silky White Underbelly, or Just Grayson for Short, Willa and her new friends must scour Grandeur’s strange avenues in search of the Clockwerk Boy. Among her encounters: a curiosity shop run by curiously intelligent cats. Gear Hall, where Clockwerks outnumber humans. And the Jolly Rajah, a man-o’-war o’ pancakes, where your meal of flapjacks and hot chocolate is served with a brace of pistols and side of grappling hooks. Prepare to be boarded!

International Rubery Book Award Shortlist ~ Young Adult
Independent Publisher Book Award Medalist ~ Juvenile Fiction
National Indie Excellence Award ~ Juvenile Fiction
Eric Hoffer Award Category Finalist ~ Young Adult

“It’s unusual to see such sci-fi depth and detail in a title directed to young adults, but this is precisely what makes Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy such an appealing production: the characterization is solid while its fantastic setting will intrigue ages well beyond its intended 9-12-year-old audience. Highly recommended for young adults seeking something compellingly different.” -D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 

The Clockwerk Dress: Fabrics and Gears and Boots, Oh My!

The Fabrics

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The Gears

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A few Clockwerk bits . . . tick-tick-tick . . .

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Gilting the boots!

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Two Willa impersonator’s means two pairs of boots. C is a good bit taller than J. So, one pair of short heels (above) . . . and one pair high (below).

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