Special Story Time: "The Clockwork War" with Adam Kline!
Join us for a Special Story Time with author Adam Kline and his new book The Clockwork War!
When best friends Karlheinz Indergarten and Leopold Croak clash in an epic, imaginary battle waged in the branches of an enormous, ancient oak tree, lightning strikes young Leopold, and he loses his imagination, and with it, his sense of right and wrong. As the damaged boy grows to adulthood, his thirst for power soon threatens the tree, the village, and worst of all, the children within. Meanwhile, Karl discovers a gift for clockwork—the magic of gears and cogs—and assembles a mechanical army to fight back. Joined by the children, Karl endeavors to save their village and the ancient oak. Written by author and screenwriter Adam Kline, The Clockwork War is a steampunk children’s novel filled with quirky characters, such as the clockmaker, who invents some of the most imaginative mechanical creatures in all of literature. Kline’s vivid depictions of the characters and their grand adventures ares sure to captivate young readers. The Clockwork War has core themes of environmental and social responsibility and also demonstrates the importance and power of imagination.
Adam Kline has written for Focus Features, Sony Pictures Animation, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox. With Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne, Kline is currently adapting several books for film, among them The Clockwork War, Escape from Hat, and Jeff Smith’s graphic novel Bone. An active member of the Writers Guild, Kline attended Kenyon College. He has two children.
Dan Whisker—a self-taught illustrator—was previously a member of the British armed forces for several years and then a serving detective constable with Kent Police. Dan has now sought a new career in something that he has always dreamed of doing: creating art for children’s fiction and nonfiction. Originally born in Essex in 1972, Dan moved to Kent as a child and finally settled in the green and tranquil village of Chartham—a stone’s throw from Canterbury, where he lives with his loving wife of twenty years. He has three teenage children and three small dogs.