This is for real. Somewhere around the country, twelve emeralds are hidden, and the clues to their location are in the pages of The Clock Without a Face, by Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett, and Eli Horowitz.
I’ve been an admirer of McSweeney’s writing/reading/tutoring community for a while, and even hope to emulate some of their methods here in the Rabbit Room one of these days. They run several inner-city tutoring centers around the country, with the idea that if you can teach a child to write you greatly increase their chance of succeeding in the world. I think that’s true. We’ve long kicked around the idea of opening up Rabbit Room tutoring programs for the purpose of exposing children to great writers, particularly great writers who were/are Christians, and encouraging those children to hone their craft and to treat it as Kingdom work. I geek out just thinking about it.
Back to the treasure. McSweeney’s just published this book, and as far as I can tell the emeralds have yet to be discovered. I just read the book today and laughed out loud exactly three times while reading it. It’s funny, well-written, and really cool to look at. If you remember Graeme Base’s The Eleventh Hour, a picture book mystery you’re invited to solve before you turn the last page, you’ll see its influence on this book. But The Clock Without a Face takes it a step further and ends with a challenge to unearth bona fide, handcrafted emeralds. How cool is that?
Very cool, I say. And I plan to sic my smarter-than-I-am kids on the mystery in the hopes of paying for their college. We have a few copies in the Rabbit Room store, if you’re looking for some adventure.
As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.