TWENTY-FOUR HOUR BOY
Strange lights and bumps in the night. A woman beheaded next door. When ten-year old Hunter Harris reports these strange happenings to his parents, they consider a move back to the city, believing more family time could be the solution for Hunter’s frayed nerves. But Hunter knows, he’s telling the truth. Despite skipping ahead two grades in school, he’s a typical kid. Normal in every way. Oh, except for one little secret: he never sleeps.
With extra time on his hands, Hunter has built a secret lab over the garage, making low budget versions of high-tech gadgets. A move back to the cinderblock city apartment walls would mean the loss of his lab as well as his nighttime freedom. With a weekend to go before his dad makes a decision on the family’s future, Hunter sets out to prove he’s telling the truth.
TWENTY-FOUR HOUR BOY is a young MacGyver meets Rear Window with a twist, a contemporary middle grade novel complete at 36,500 words.
First 150 words:
The rest of the world is asleep.
I know some doctors and police and other people work at night, and they’re out there somewhere, but sitting on my bed, holding my flashlight, I feel like no one else is awake. This is my favorite time of day. Night.
I rule the night, as much as any ten-year old boy can without fangs or claws or any other cool creature-of-the-night superpowers As long as I’m quiet, I have the house to myself. Sometimes I watch TV, sometimes I play computer games, but either way I have to turn the volume down so low I can’t really enjoy the crashes and explosions.
When I need to be quiet, I read books and a bunch of stuff online. So far this year I’ve taught myself Klingon and Esperanto, so I’ll be ready in case earth is invaded by space aliens.